"we will be able to track all passengers immediately"
An Indian man was on a flight back to Punjab from Malaysia on Saturday, March 14, 2020, when he suddenly died.
Amritsar Civil Surgeon Prabhdeep Kaur Johal identified the passenger as 41-year-old Hakam Singh, a resident of Gurdaspur.
She went on to confirm that Mr Singh died on the flight and that the body has been kept at the government hospital.
Dr Johal explained that the cause of death will only be determined once they receive the results of the post-mortem.
Amritsar Deputy Commissioner Shivdular Singh Dhillon stated they had taken details of all passengers on the flight that Mr Singh was on.
He said: “In case the sample of the deceased tests positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19), we will be able to track all passengers immediately to follow the necessary protocol.”
Dr Johal revealed that Mr Singh had a history of kidney problems, according to his family.
She added: “Still, to be on the safe side, and as a precautionary measure, his post-mortem was done with the PPE kit protocol, samples were taken, the body was wrapped in a protective cover and handed over to integrated disease surveillance programme, Batala.”
Dr Johal went on to say that the Indian man’s funeral will take place by following necessary measures.
She said that the infectious disease protocol will be enforced which means no touching.
A relative of Mr Singh said that he worked at a biscuit factory in Malaysia. He said that Mr Singh last spoke to his relatives just before he boarded the plane.
In the conversation, Mr Singh said that as soon as he landed in Amritsar, he would visit the Golden Temple to pay respect.
Dr Johal said that two patients were admitted to the isolation ward of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital.
The Times of India reported that they were still under observation.
Dr Johal added:
“We have one positive Coronavirus and two negative patients. They are stable and healthy.”
It is not currently known how Mr Singh died. Only when the post-mortem results have been released will the truth be revealed.
In a similar case, a woman from Swansea gave birth to a baby boy, however, she suddenly died minutes later.
Ravina Bhagwan underwent a caesarean section at Singleton Hospital in Swansea, Wales on Thursday, August 15, 2019, and there were no reasons to suspect any problems.
She gave birth to her second child, a baby boy named Samarth. But minutes later, Ravina died, leaving her husband Sagar Bhagwan a single parent to Samarth and seven-year-old daughter Sanvi.
Her family have said that an initial post-mortem examination, along with an independent panel inquiry, has yet to determine the cause of her death.
The sudden death left her family desperate for answers but the unknown cause left them in further distress.