First Coronavirus death in India, 76-year-old man dies after returning from Saudi Arabia

Hyderabad – The first coronavirus death was reported in India on Thursday when a 76-year-old man passed away in south-Indian state of Telangana on Tuesday, and his blood samples were tested positive for the virus.

The News Minute reported about a 76-year-old man Mohammed Hussein Siddiqui from Kalaburagi area of Karnataka, who travelled from Saudi Arabia to Hyderabad of Telangana state on February 29, and then he travelled to Kalaburagi. On March 5, he was admitted to the out-patient department of a private hospital in Kalaburagi.

However, the following day he was shifted to a Gulbarga Institute of Medical Sciences, when his health started to worsen. But the family of the deceased wanted to take him to The Care Hospital in Hyderabad, which is some 200 Kms away from Gulbarga, officials said.

Despite transferring him to Hyderabad’s Hospital, his condition could not regain, so the family brought him back to Kulabargi again on Monday, where he was declared dead.

Based on the suspicion and the reports about soaring Coronavirus cases worldwide, his blood samples were couriered to Bengaluru’s laboratory which reached them by Thursday morning, and by the evening Karnataka Health Department confirmed positive for the coronavirus.