Srinagar: A 76-year-old man who recently returned from a trip to Iran has died in Ladakh after showing symptoms associated with the coronavirus outbreak that has affected at least 39 people across India. Mohamad Ali, a former policeman, was admitted to a hospital on Saturday night and his death has prompted authorities to take precautions including cordoning off his village.
According to officials in the Ladakh administration, Mr Ali was admitted with conditions linked to a COVID-19 infection. Since he also has a history of other medical conditions, authorities are waiting for final test results to declare if he was indeed affected by coronavirus.
Dr Motip Dorjay, a health official in Leh, told news agency ANI, “He had a urinary tract infection due to which he died. He had some past history also. So to be more cautious, we have sent his samples to Delhi. We are in touch with Delhi team and the report should be out in two days.”
Mr Ali had recently travelled to Iran on a pilgrimage and was on the same flight which had two people who have contracted the COVID-19 infection, sources said. The two people, 65 and 75 years of age, were the first cases of coronavirus reported in India’s northernmost union territory on Saturday.
This has prompted authorities to take all precautions and cordon off in Mr Ali’s village. All schools and colleges in Ladakh have been asked to stay closed till March 31.