Kannur native with virus symptoms dies in Ernakulam govt medical college

KOCHI: A 36-year-old patient from Payyannur who was admitted with symptoms similar to Covid-19 at the Government Medical College, Ernakulam, died on Friday and Saturday night.

On Friday, the first test report of the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Alappuzha, had been negative.

However, the body of the Kannur native, who died at approximately 12:30 a.m., has remained in the morgue established in the isolation room of the medical school. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) protocol, an additional decision can only be made after receiving the second sample test report.

Health officials called a meeting on Saturday and it was decided to send the patient's samples to the NIV, Pune, as well.

Working in a supermarket in Malaysia for the past two and a half years, the patient had arrived at Cochin International Airport on Thursday night.

He was admitted to the isolation room of the medical school around 1 a.m. on Friday, when he was seen coughing and was exhausted and put on a respirator.

A detailed check showed he had pneumonia. He also suffered from diabetic ketoacidosis, a life-threatening problem that people with diabetes usually face. Hospital sources cited acute pneumonia and respiratory failure as the cause of death.

As on Saturday, one person is in the isolation room of the medical school and 12 are in quarantine in their home, which brings the total number of quarantined people in the district to 40. Six samples from the district have been sent to NIV, Alappuzha.

The coronavirus has spread to more than 45 countries, including the USA. USA, United Kingdom, Singapore, Italy, France, Russia, Spain and India.

The global death toll exceeds 2,800, and China, where the outbreak originated, is the most affected with more than 78,000 cases and more than 2,700 deaths.

WHO declared the outbreak as an international health emergency and said the level of global risk remains high.