A 63-year-old man, who was admitted in HN Reliance hospital on March 19 with suspected symptoms of flu and later tested positive for Covid-19, passed away late on Saturday night. The patient had recently travelled to Surat but had no foreign travel history or contact with any known traveller.
The man’s wife has also tested positive and is admitted in Kasturba hospital.
This is the second coronavirus death in Mumbai. Across India, five people have died so far due to the viral infection.
The man was suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure and ischemic heart disease. He developed acute respiratory distress syndrome and was put on ventilator support, officials said.
Confirming his death, Dr Daksha Shah, deputy executive health officer, BMC, said, “He tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday. His sample had come from private hospital.”
On Thursday, the patient suffered from breathlessness and was rushed to the hospital. After he displayed respiratory distress, suspicions were raised over the coronavirus infection. He tested positive two days later.
Officials said they are talking to the family to trace the couple’s contacts in Mumbai and Surat and trying to find out if they had met anyone who recently returned from abroad.
“So far, we have found nothing. No contacts,” a state official said.
Last week, a 64-year-old, first admitted in Hinduja hospital after his trip to Dubai, passed away in Kasturba hospital after testing positive and getting transferred to the infectious disease hospital.
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