Coronavirus | As death toll rises Bengal government says those reportedly tested positive are subject to confirmation

Passengers wearing face masks at the Howrah railway station in Kolkata./ File photo

Passengers wearing face masks at the Howrah railway station in Kolkata./ File photo   | Photo Credit: AFP

Four of the casualties have been reported in the State in the past 48 hours, and in at least two cases, the test reports were received after the death of the patient.

Three more persons who had died in the past 24 hours had “reportedly tested positive” for Coronavirus, the official bulletin of the West Bengal Health Department said late on Wednesday night.

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The bulletin also gave a details of the co-morbid conditions of the persons who died in the past 24 hours. The statement also added that those those tested positive are “subject to confirmation.” 

“Two male persons both aged 57 years and one male person aged 62 years all having Severe Acute Respiratory Illness expired. One of them had Chronic Renal Failure, another had Respiratory Failure and the third one had hypertension and other co-morbid conditions,” the bulletin said.

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Taking in the count the three persons who “had reportedly tested positive” the death count in the State due to Coronavirus infection increased to six. While one patient who was admitted to NRS Medical College and Hospital passed late on Tuesday evening, another person died at a private health facility in Belghoria in the northern parts of the city on Wednesday. A senior official of National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Disease (NICED) told The Hindu that the elderly person who passed away on Wednesday at Belghoria had tested positive on Tuesday evening. The patient was suffering from kidney related ailments.

Officials at NRS Medical College and Hospital said the deceased was admitted to the institution on Monday. The 62-year-old patient was suffering from diabetes along with severe respiratory distress. Late on Tuesday evening another elderly patient passed away at a private health facility in Howrah district. Earlier on Tuesday a 44-year old woman admitted to Howrah State General Hospital died of the infection.

Four of the deaths have been reported in the State in the past 48 hours and in at least two cases, the reports of Coronavrius tests were received after the death of the patient. In the early hours of Monday, a 44-year-old woman died from the viral infection at State-run North Bengal Medical College and Hospital. On March 23, the State recorded its first death when a 57-year-old man from Dum Dum area passed away at a private facility.

The State government has so far not come clear about the travel history of the deceased persons. There are no clear evidence or communication from the government on whether the deceased had travelled to a foreign country in recent past or not.

Infected count rises

Ten more persons tested positive for Coronavirus in the past 24 hours taking the number to 37 and three persons have been discharged after recovering from the infection. 659 persons have been tested for the infection so far in the State and 877 are in isolation including 247 in hospital isolation.

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