New Delhi: The 76-year-old man, Mahmad Hussain Siddiqui, who is the first victim of coronavirus in India, was discharged against medical advice on the insistence of the family members, the health ministry has said, clarifying that all measures were in place in this particular case. Also Read - Coronavirus: First Death From K’taka, Total Cases Climb to 74, Schools Closed in Manipur | Top 10 Points

Issuing the clarification, the ministry said his sample was collected on March 9 by Viral Research Diagnostic laboratory, GIMS, Kalaburgi, to rule out Covid-19 and the sample was dispatched to VRDL, BMC&RI, Bengaluru. “Without waiting for the test results, the attendees insisted and the patient was discharged against medical advice (DAMA) and the attendees took him to a private hospital in Hyderabad,” the ministry said. Also Read - COVID-19: India Records First Coronavirus Death From Karnataka's Kalaburagi

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“As per instructions of the deputy commissioner, Kalaburgi District, the DHO met the attendees to convince them to admit the patient to the Gulbarga Institute of Medical Sciences, Kalaburgi in the isolation ward set up at the institute. But the attendees refused to listen to him. They transferred him to Hyderabad without his knowledge,” the note said pinning the responsibility on the family members.

Eventually, the patient was in a private hospital in Hyderabad. He died on the way to Hyderabad to Bengaluru after he was discharged from the Hyderabad hospital.

Mahmad Hussain Siddiqui visited Saudi Arabia from January 29 to February 29. Initially, he didn’t show any symptoms. On March 6, he had a fever and cough. A private doctor visited and treated him. After three days, his symptoms got aggravated and he was shifted to a private hospital in Kalaburgi where he was diagnosed with “mid-zone viral pneumonia” and “suspect Covid-19”. He had a history of hypertension and asthma.

Since he travelled from to and fro between Hyderabad and Karnataka coming in contact with a lot of people, contact tracing in on.