1st Covid-19 death in Himachal; belongs to Tibetan community

Source : IANS
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Last Updated: Mon, Mar 23rd, 2020, 20:58:24hrs

Shimla, March 23 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh on Monday saw the first death of a 69-year-old Tibetan man, who recently returned from the US, owing to coronavirus, health officials said.

Tenjin Chopel was undergoing treatment in the state-owned Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College in Tanda town of Kangra district.

Additional Chief Secretary (Health) R.D. Dhiman said the patient was earlier undergoing treatment in a private hospital.

He was hospitalized in the Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College on Monday morning. After his death, his swab samples confirmed that he was Covid-19 positive.

He reached the Delhi international airport on March 15. After spending some days in Delhi he reached McLeodganj, the abode of Tibetan spiritual the Dalai Lama's abode on March 21 while hiring a cab.

A day after putting the state's most populous Kangra district under lockdown, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Monday extended the shutdown in the entire state.

However, only essential services will be allowed in the backdrop of spread of two COVID-19 cases in the district.

The entire state was placed under lockdown till further orders, Thakur informed in the state Assembly, whose ongoing Budget session was curtailed till Monday.