Iran-returned patient dies in Leh; Suspected to be first COVID death in India
elderly Iran-returned patient who passed away at a Leh hospital Sunday morning
is suspected to be the first death cue to coronavirus in India.
Mohammad, who hailed from Chochuk village in Leh, was admitted at Sonam Norboo
Memorial Hospital (SNM) hospital on March 6 after he suffered from some
passed away early Sunday morning.
Superintendent SNM Hospital, Dr Tsering Samphel told The Kashmir Monitor that
the patient had recently travelled to Iran and was admitted with complaints of
urinary incontinence and respiratory issues.
“We collected his
sample yesterday and sent it to Delhi but the patient passed away today
morning,” he said.
Asked about the
cause of death, the MS said that the patient suffered from Chronic Obstructive
Pulmonary Disorder (COPD).
claims made by media reports, Dr Samphel said the patient did not have any
contact with the two who have been tested positive and are kept in isolation in
the same hospital.
The MS said the
test report will take around five to six days.
“We cannot say
anything so far, we believe that the tests will come negative,” he said.
Asked about the
state of the two patients who had tested positive, the doctor said that they
were recovering well in total isolation.
were on injection now they have been given oral medicine and showing a lot of
improvement,” he said.
The two patients
who had tested positive on Saturday had travelled to Iran for pilgrimage for
Dr Samphel said
that one of the patients admitted to SNM hospital had reached Delhi from Tehran
on February 26 after which he landed in Ladakh on February 28.
patient, the MS said, had landed in Delhi on February 22 and arrived in Ladakh
on February 27, and showed some early symptoms due to which he was admitted to
SNM hospital on February 29.
the tests of suspects the samples were sent to Pune for final confirmation, the
results received Saturday afternoon showed them as ‘positive for coronavirus’,
Dr Samphel said.