Despite the stringent measures that have been implemented to combat the Coronavirus in the state, Tamil Nadu has reported its first death due to the pandemic as a 54-year-old man from Madurai, who was tested positive for the virus on Monday, had passed away in the wee hours of Wednesday at the hospital where he was getting treated.
He was one of the three cases that were tested positive on Monday and he had been admitted to Rajaji hospital in Madurai. He was reported to have pre-existing ailments including Diabetes and Hypertension. According to State Health Minister, he had succumbed to the virus on Wednesday morning. By issuing the conformity, Health Minister Vijayabaskar tweeted that "Despite our best efforts, the COVID19 +ve Pt at MDU, #RajajiHospital, passed away a few minutes back. He had a medical history of prolonged illness with steroid-dependent COPD, uncontrolled Diabetes with Hypertension".
#update: Despite our best efforts, the #COVID19 +ve Pt at MDU, #RajajiHospital, passed away few minutes back.He had medical history of prolonged illness with steroid dependent COPD, uncontrolled Diabetes with Hypertension.@MoHFW_INDIA @CMOTamilNadu #Vijayabaskar— Dr C Vijayabaskar (@Vijayabaskarofl) March 24, 2020
He is the first patient in the state to die due to the virus without having any travel histories to abroad or states. Earlier on Tuesday, hours after the patient was admitted to the hospital, the Health Minister said that the patient's health was not responding well despite the treatments and he has already diagnosed with prolonged illness and added that the health department was working to ascertain the source of infection as he doesn't have any travel histories.
However, later that day, the minister stated that the patient had come in direct contact with the two Thailand nationals who were confirmed positive for the virus and getting treated under isolation in Erode. The state has reported its first fatality at a crucial time when the number of positive cases soars high as the state had witnessed nine positive cases in the past two days amid the restrictions and lockdown.
As of Tuesday, the state reported 18 positive cases so far in its territory including six positive cases that were recorded on Tuesday alone. According to the minister, the three latest cases are a 65-year-old male who returned from New Zealand, a 55-year-old female from Saidapet, Chennai, and a 25-year-old male who arrived in the city from London. All three have been admitted to the private hospital, Kilpauk Medical College hospital, and Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in the city respectively. The Minister added that the patients are in isolation and under treatment.
#coronaupdate: 3 new cases for #covid19 in Chennai. 65Y M return from New Zealand at Pvt.Hosp, 55Y F Saidapet at #KMC. 25Y M return from London at #RGGH. Patients are in isolation & under treatment.@MoHFW_INDIA @CMOTamilNadu #Vijayabaskar— Dr C Vijayabaskar (@Vijayabaskarofl) March 24, 2020
Earlier on Tuesday, a 74-year-old male and a 52-year-old female who returned from the United States and a 25-year-old female who returned from Switzerland were tested positive for the virus making the numbers to climb high. Currently, the state has 18 positive cases with one being recovered and discharged while the rest of the cases have been getting treated across the state.