Mangaluru, April 19, 2020: Two new Covid-19 positive cases reported in Dakshina Kannada district on Sunday, April 19th. A 50-year-old woman, from Kasba in Bantwal taluk with severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) succumbed to Covid-19 at Wenlock Hospital, Mangaluru on Sunday.
The second positive case reported was a 30 year old women from Uppinangady.
The Bantwal woman was admitted to the hospital on April 19 and was under treatment at the intensive care unit, deputy commissioner Sindhu B Rupesh said. This is the first death of Dakshina Kannada district due to COVID-19.
Given her condition, the doctors collected her throat swab and sent it for confirmatory test at the lab in the hospital. Even as the doctors awaited the report, the woman breathed her last at 9.15am. The report that the authorities received in the afternoon confirmed her to be Covid-19 positive.
The final rites of the woman will be carried out as per medical protocol prescribed for patients who test Covid-19 positive, district health and family welfare officer Dr Ramachandra Bairy, said.
According to the sources, the deceased woman’s son came from Dubai on March 16 and allegedly violated quarantine. As the cause of death is confirmed to be COVID-19 now, victim woman’s husband, son and mother-in-law also have been kept under quarantine. Among them, the condition of mother-in-law is said to be critical and she is now receiving treatment in the ICU.
After woman’s death the district administration intensified measures to curb the spread of the virus by completing sealing down the area surrounding her residence.It is also learnt that a doctor who examined the deceased woman has also been quarantined.
Bantwal town police has sealed down lower Town of Bantwal to Jakribettu and asked people to remain in their houses.