Elderly Covid-19 stricken man, with no travel history, dies in West Bengal

     
  • The deceased was aged 57 years and was a resident of Dumdum in the North 24 Parganas district
  • ‘The man had acute respiratory distress syndrome. We had taken proper protective measures but he died this afternoon,’ the hospital said

An elderly man infected with the coronavirus died in a Kolkata hospital on Monday, the first death recorded in West Bengal due to the contagion, hospital sources said.

The deceased was aged 57 years and was a resident of Dumdum in the North 24 Parganas district. He died at a private hospital.

He was in the hospital since February 16 and was on ventilator support. The resident of Dum Dum in Kolkata’s northern suburb was detected with the disease on Saturday evening after reports from two of the testing facilities — SSKM and NICED — returned positive.

He had no recent history of travelling abroad but had visited Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh his February.

The man had acute respiratory distress syndrome. We had taken proper protective measures but he died this afternoon,” a spokesperson for the hospital said.

His family members are under observation in an isolation ward at a state-run hospital, state government officials said.

Covid-19 cases in India rose to 415, Union health ministry said, as much of the country locked down on Monday with the Centre warning of legal action against those violating the restrictions enforced to curtail the pandemic, which has claimed more than 14,500 lives globally.

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