Coronavirus claimed its first victim in Tamil Nadu in the early hours of Wednesday, nearly four hours after the nationwide curfew announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi came into force from midnight.
The victim, a 54-year-old man died in Madurai, died in hospital around 3.50 a.m., raising fears that the state may have reached the third stage of community transmission when it spreads like forest fire. This was because the man who died had no history of foreign travel at all.
State Health Minister C Vijayabhaskar in a tweet, however, said the man died in Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai as he failed to respond to treatment because he had a medical history of prolonged illness with steroid-dependent Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease(OCPD) in addition to uncontrolled blood pressure and diabetes.
He said Covid19 with co-morbidity like high BP and sugar and immune-suppression are high risk conditions and advised people to be extra-careful if anyone in their family had such a history.
Updating the status, the Minister said a total of 15 positive cases were under treatment in Chennai and elsewhere and blood samples of another 120 were under process.