A 91-year-old and 88-year-old senior citizen couple were discharged from the isolation ward of government medical college after getting treated from COVID-19 on Monday. The family will have to remain in home-quarantine for 14 more days.
Apart from the two senior citizens, five others suffering from COVID-19 have also been treated and discharged from the hospital. So far there are 202 confirmed cases in the state with 19 people being cured and one death reported, as per the Health Ministry.
Thomas, 91, and his wife Mariyamma, 88, who were under treatment at the Kottayam Medical College were already suffering from various age-related problems. The 91-year-old had a heart attack and severe breathing trouble when he was under treatment.
"The aged couple based in Ranni in Pathanamthitta district had got infected with the virus after coming into contact with their son, wife, and grandson who had arrived from Italy. COVID-19 was confirmed in them on March 8. They were admitted to Pathanamthitta hospital. However, they were shifted to the Medical College in Kottayam the very next day as their condition was critical," the Kerala government said.
Taking to the microblogging site, Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Issac praised the healthcare services for treating the elderly couple considered as highly vulnerable to the contagious virus.
Two Coronavirus patients discharged from isolation ward of government medical college in Kottayam . They were aged 91 and 88 . It is a testimony to the dedication and expertise of the medical staff as well as strength of Kerala public health system. We shall overcome.— Thomas Isaac (@drthomasisaac) March 30, 2020
The Union Health Ministry said the death toll due to COVID-19 has risen to 32 and the number of total coronavirus cases to 1,251 as on Monday. There are 1117 active cases in the country with the state of Kerala contributing the highest number of cases which stands at 202.