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Odisha Reports First COVID-19 Death: funeral of the deceased will be conducted by the State Government

Bhubaneswar:7/4/20: A 72-year-old man, who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, died on Monday, informed the State Health & Family Welfare Department today. According to reports, the victim, a resident of Jharpada, was admitted to AIIMS, Bhubaneswar on April 4 with complaint of respiratory distress. He had history of chronic hypertension. However, he succumbed on April 6.

H & FW Dept Odisha

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  One 72 years male belonging to Jharpada had been admitted to AIIMS Bhubaneswar on 4th April with complaint of respiratory distress. He had history of chronic hypertension. He expired on 6th April. He was tested positive for COVID-19.

Contact tracing and containment is ongoing.

 “A 72-year-old male reported to AIIMS, Bhubaneswar on 4th April at 1.00 pm with fever and severe respiratory difficulty. He was immediately shifted to isolation ward since he was having symptoms of a suspected case of COVID-19 and treated for respiratory failure with oxygen and supporting therapy. His condition worsened and he was put on a ventilator on 6th April but despite all medical care, he passed away,” AIIMS-Bhubaneswar said in a statement.

“His sample taken on 6th April was found to be positive for COVID-19 infection by AIIMS-Bhubaneswar which was subsequently sent to RMRC for re-confirmation and it was re-confirmed on 7th April. As the patient was treated as a COVID-19 suspect from the very beginning, all hospital infection control and safety protocols were followed,” the statement added.

The funeral of the deceased will be conducted by the State Government as per the guidelines of the Central Government.

Addressing a press conference, Odisha Government’s Spokesperson on COVID-19  Subroto Bagchi today said body of COVID19 deceased will be handed over to the state Government for cremation. The cremation would be done as per the guidelines of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.  

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