A volunteer sprays disinfectant on a policeman at a street during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown in Amritsar, India, on Saturday. AFP
The first COVID-19 death has been reported from Kerala, said a State Minister on Saturday.
State Agriculture Minister V.S. Sunilkumar told the media that the 69-year-old man was in isolation.
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"He is from Kochi and was suffering from heart ailment and blood pressure. Since he was already placed under high-risk category, this need not be a cause to worry. The body has now been handed over to his relatives and the funeral will take place later today. There is no need for any worries at all," said Sunilkumar.
"All those who came in contact with him have been identified and have been quarantined," added the State Minister.
The deceased's wife and driver who brought him from the airport have also been tested positive.
State IMA official Sreejith Nair said that underlying heart ailments for coronavirus positive patients are considered to be a high-risk case.
"The need of the hour is, all those with underlying ailments have to ensure that they remain at home as they are high-risk cases," said Nair.
Ernakulam Lok Sabha member Hibi Eden said all the medical protocols are being enforced when the funeral takes place.
As of Saturday, there are 164 positive cases of the coronavirus which has now affected all 14 districts in the state.
There are 1,10,299 people in the state who are under observation which includes 616 at various hospitals.
Indo-Asian News Service
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