The death of an 85-year-old man in Kerala’s Malappuram district cannot be ascribed to the novel coronavirus infection, state Health minister K.K Shailaja said.
The resident of Manjeri, who had long-time heart and respiratory complications, had tested positive for COVID-19 on April 2 at the Manjeri Medical College. He was subsequently isolated and his family quarantined at home.
Due to his comorbidities, an expert medical team was constituted to work on his treatment.
“Due to his age and other complications, he had already been physically exhausted when he was brought in. But he was given the best care by doctors and other staff. Over time, he recovered and began to even talk to his family over the phone. He was tested thrice and all of them had come back negative. So we categorised him as a recovered patient,” the minister said.