Kannur: A 71-year-old septuagenarian man, tested positive for Coronavirus died at Kannur Government Medical College hospital (KGMCH) at Pariyaram on Saturday.
According to District Medical Officer (DMO) K Narayana Naik, the deceased was identified as P Meharoof of Cherukallayi near Mahe in Puducherry State.
With this, the death toll due to Covid-19 rose to three in Kerala with the other two deaths reported earlier from Thiruvanathapuram and Kochi.
Meharoof was tested positive for Covid-19 on April one, but the source of infection was not ascertained yet.
After showing fever symptoms, he was admitted at Thalassery Medical center on March 31 and later refered to KGMCH as his blood sample was tested and found positive for Covid-19.
His condition became critical and he was put on ventilator and died due to multi-organ failure.
The deceased is suffering with chronic kidney disease, pneumonia, Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and heart ailments since April one.
He attended various functions including prayers at Mosque, marriage engagement and family functions before affecting fever.
Meanwhile health department sources said the blood samples of 16 persons including his relatives and neighbours tested for Covid-19 found negative.
Thalassery taluk was declared as Covid hotspot by the District Administration.
District Collector T V Subash declared double lockout at Thalassery taluk and banned the movement of people in high risk areas under ten local bodies under Koothuparamba, Thalassery and Panoor Municipalites and seven Panchayaths — Mokeri, Chockli, Patyma, Chittariparamba, Kadhirur, Pannyannur and Kottayam Malabar– since April 4.
At present 26 patients are admitted at isolation wards in four hospitals in Kannur district.
Meanwhile, eight members of a family residing in Cheruvanchery near Koothuparamba including a 11-year-old boy was infected with Covid-19. Seven of them are infected through primary contact.
The blood sample test results of four of their relatives are awaited, health sources said.