Goa Reports First Death from Coronavirus

Medical workers transfer a patient to a hospital (Photo by Lee Sang-ho/Xinhua/IANS)

Goa on Monday reported its first coronavirus death when an 85-year-old man died at the Covid-19 hospital in South Goa district.

Earlier on Monday, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane told reporters that the victim was an 85-year-old woman but later tweeted to clarify that the deceased was a male patient.

Panaji: Goa Women and Child Development Minister Vishwajit Rane addresses a press conference in Panaji, on Oct 11, 2017. (Photo: IANS)

“Deeply saddened to inform that an 85-year-old man, from Morlem in Sattari, who had tested positive, has succumbed to COVID19. My heartfelt condolence to the family,” Rane tweeted.

Morlem is a remote village located at the foothills of the Western Ghats.

As Goa reported its first Covid-19 death after an 85-year-old man died on Monday morning, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said the patient was suffering from asthma and diabetes.

“He was a diabetic, asthmatic and had comorbid conditions. He was admitted to the Goa Medical College in serious condition on Sunday. After he tested positive, he was admitted to the Covid-19 hospital. He was on the ventilator,” Sawant told reporters in Panaji.

“Because of the age factor and co-morbid conditions, I feel we could not do much,” the Chief Minister said. Goa currently has 683 active coronavirus case