Chennai, Apr 12: The toll in coronavirus disease in Tamil Nadu went up to 12, with the death of a male employee of a private airlines and a 45-year-old woman last evening.
The death of the male employee was confirmed by a spokesperson of the IndiGo airlines, while the woman's death was confirmed by the police and the health department on Sunday.
Reports received here said a man, in his mid-50s and working as an aircraft maintenance engineer with IndiGo airlines in Chennai airport since 2006, died late last night after he tested positive for COVID. "We are extremely sorry and saddened by the demise of one of our beloved employees in Chennai due to infection of COVID-19 virus," reports quoting an airline spokesperson said.
Police sources said the 45-year-old woman, a native of Pulianthope in North Chennai, tested positive for COVID-19 after she was admitted to the Omandurar Multispeciality Government hospital on April five, three days after her husband, who had participated in the Tablighi Jamaat meet in Delhi, tested positive.
The woman did not have any comorbidities and she developed severe chest congestion last evening.
She was immediately put on a ventilator, but died later, despite the best of treatment by the doctors. Her husband, who was undergoing treatment in the adjacent ward, was informed about her death.
A bullet-in from the Health and Family Welfare department said the 45-year-old woman died at 1930 hrs last evening after she developed severe breathing problems and failed to respond to the treatment. With this, the total number of corona deaths in the State rose to 12.
The first death was reported in Madurai on March 26 and two more deaths were reported on April four (Villupuram and Theni) and two at Government Stanley Medical College Hospital here on April five. One death each has been reported on April six, seven and eight.
A 70-year-old woman from Poldenpuram in Tuticorin district, who was admitted to the isolation ward in the Government Hospital and tested positive, died on April 10, while an elderly COVID positive tested man man died at IRT Perundurai in Erode district yesterday, taking the toll to 10, which later increased to 12 following the deaths of an airline employee and the woman last night.
The State has so far recorded 969 corona positive cases till date, with 881 of them linked to last month's Nizamuddin Markaz meet in Delhi. This included both the participants and their contacts. (UNI)