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Coronavirus: Tamil Nadu records first death in Madurai

A glimpse of the special COVID-19 isolation ward at Government Rajaji Hospital

A glimpse of the special COVID-19 isolation ward at Government Rajaji Hospital   | Photo Credit: S. James

The 54-year-old man had a medical history of prolonged illness with steroid dependent Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, uncontrolled diabetes with hypertension, says Health Minister C. Vijayabaskar

Tamil Nadu recorded its first death of a patient who had tested positive for COVID-19.

The 54-year-old man, who tested positive on March 23 and was undergoing treatment at Government Rajaji Hospital, Madurai, died.

At 2.02 a.m. on Wednesday, Health Minister C. Vijayabaskar took to Twitter to declare the death.

“Despite our best efforts, the COVID-19 positive patient in Madurai Rajaji Hospital passed away a few minutes back. He had a medical history of prolonged illness with steroid dependent Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, uncontrolled diabetes with hypertension,” he said.

During a press meet on Tuesday night, the Minister clarified that though the patient did not have a travel history to an affected country, they had traced his contact history and found that he had come in contact with some Thailand nationals, who were on tour in the State. Two of them had tested positive and have been admitted to IRT, Perundurai.

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