Puducherry reports its first Coronavirus death

The Union Territory of Puducherry announced the first COVID-19 death on Saturday at a hospital in Kannur with a 71-year-old man from Mahe. Department of Health spokesperson Puducherry said this was the UT's first coronavirus death.


by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 11, 2020 18:37 IST

Tags: India Corona
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71-year-old man died


Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja told reporters that "the man wasn't a state patient and came to Kannur for treatment, all of his relatives in Mahe."

His family of nine has tested coronavirus negative, she said. 

Mahe is an enclave of Puducherry, a former French colony that shares its borders with two districts of Kerala — Kannur, and Kozhikode.

Kerala and Mahe teams have traced nearly all of the deceased's contacts, and a list of 83 people has been prepared, the minister said. 

"We tracked nearly all of the deceased's contacts. A contact list was prepared of 83 people," she said, adding the patient's condition was severe and every measure was taken to save his life.

The man, a social worker, had assisted in various events, including some weddings, offered prayers at a mosque, and had traveled in different vehicles.

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