Tamil Nadu recorded its first death of a COVID-19 patient. Patient 12, the 54-year-old male, resident of Anna Nagar in Madurai, succumbed in the wee hours of today.
Health Minister Dr C Vijaybaskar in a tweet confirmed the death at Government Rajajai Hospital in Madurai early this morning as he failed to respond to the best of treatment due to the virus.
”Having known the impact of virus infection, that COVID-19 with co-moridity like uncontrollable diabetes and hypertension, immunosuppressions were high risk conditions, and advised the people to be extra cautious,” he said.
”I’ve been telling that covid19 with comorbidity like uncontrollable diabetes & hypertension, immunosuppression are high risk conditions. If anyone in ur family has such conditions be extra cautious, pls”, he said further.
He added: ”Despite our best efforts, the #COVID19 +ve Pt at MDU, #Rajaji Hospital, passed away a few minutes back. He had medical history of prolonged illness with steroid dependent COPD, uncontrolled diabetes with Hypertension”.
Just hours earlier, the minister had tweeted that the victim’s condition was deteriorating and he was not responding to treatment.
Vijaybaskar said ”the covid19 +ve Pt at MDU,Rajaji Hosp is not responding well to treatment since last evening & is deteriorating now”.
He has a medical history of prolonged illness with steroid dependent COPD, uncontrolled diabetes with hypertension. Our team is striving hard to stabilise”,
Officials from the Health Department of the Madurai Corporation and the Public Health Department will be screening a total of 45 people who were in contact with the 54 year-old patient who has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH).
The 54 year-old who had no travel history and had contacted the virus through local transmission, had unstable vitals on Monday night.