CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu reported its first death due to the novel coronavirus on Wednesday as a patient in Madurai died.
Health Minister C. Vijayabaskar said in a tweet that the Madurai patient, positive for the COVID-19, died at the Rajaji Hospital. He further said that the patient had a medical history of prolonged illness with steroid-dependent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as well as hypertension with uncontrolled diabetes.
He also said the COVID-19 with comorbidities like uncontrollable diabetes and hypertension, immunosuppression are high-risk conditions and he has also asked people with such conditions to be more careful.
The state has reported a total of 18 positive cases with the infection. There are still 16 active cases with one being discharged and the one death.