Tamil Nadu records first COVID-19 death, India’s death toll rises to 11

South India

MADURAI: A 54-year-old man infected with coronavirus died at a hospital here in the early hours of Wednesday.


The patient was isolated and was undergoing treatment at Madurai Rajaji Government General Hospital. 

Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar confirmed the same.

“Despite our best efforts, the COVID19 positive patient at Madurai, RajajiHospital, passed away few minutes back. He had a medical history of prolonged illness with steroid dependent COPD, uncontrolled Diabetes with Hypertension" Vijayabaskar tweeted.

On Tuesday, the minister said that three new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state and patients were kept in isolation. 

According to a tweet by Tamil Nadu Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr C Vijayabaskar, all three having history of foreign travel. 

Two patients – a 74-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman – had returned from the USA. Meanwhile, the third patient, a 25-year-old woman had landed in Chennai from Switzerland. 

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the state rose to 18, including the one who recovered

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has earlier reported ten deaths due to COVID-19 in India and about 536 confirmed positive cases.

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