Confirmation comes 24 hours after her death; cremation as per disease protocol
The Karnataka government has confirmed that the 75-year-old Gauribidanur woman died due to Covid-19. The confirmation has come more than 24 hours after the demise of the woman, identified as Mallika Bai.
Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar, who is also in-charge of Covid-19 matters, tweeted: “I regret to inform that the Covid-19 test result has come out as positive for Mallika Bai…”
Earlier, Dr. Sudhakar said her cremation was carried out as per the Covid-19 related protocol.
A native of Hindupur in Andhra Pradesh, who came back from Mecca, she was in her son’s house in Gauribidanur since the last nine days. Due to respiratory problems, she was admitted to the Rajiv Gandhi hospital in Bengaluru on Tuesday night. She was later shifted to Bowring Hospital where at 1 am on Wednesday she breathed her last.
With her death, Karnataka has now reported two Covid-positive deaths, both of whom had a travel history of returning from Mecca.
The health bulletin released by Karnataka health department has named the deceased patient as No 53. The bulletin reads: “P53: 70 year old female, resident of Chikkaballapura District had a history of travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia and arrived to India on 14th March 2020. The patient died on 24.03.2020 at designated hospital in Bengaluru. The funeral rites have been done with all the precautionary measures as per the guidelines issued by GoI for COVID-19 suspect deaths.”