By Tenzin Dharpo
DHARAMSHALA, June 4: An elderly Tibetan man has died of Covid-19 on Tuesday at the Tibetan settlement of Samyeling known commonly as Majnukatilla in Delhi, sources said.
The Tibetan man aged 62 is a resident of the settlement. He fell sick on May 29 and was subsequently admitted to the Escorts Hospital on May 30 where he was tested for the virus as his symptoms were similar to Covid-19. The elderly man also suffered from pre-existing conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, Settlement Officer Phuntsok Topgyal said.
The results which was received on Wednesday confirmed his infection to the virus. The remains of the deceased were cremated the same day as per the instructions and protocol of the Delhi government. The SO also said that through contact tracing, “13-14 people” have been quarantined and residents of the Samyeling settlement advised caution due to the incident.
Last Friday, An Indian woman who recently visited the Samyeling Tibetan settlement tested positive for Covid-19, leading to parts of the settlement being sealed as precaution. Four Tibetan nurses who helped the woman have been placed in quarantine, the SO told Phayul earlier.
The Delhi man is officially the second Tibetan person in India to pass away from Covid-19, although the Tibetan man from Dharamshala declared a Covid-19 patient by authorities here, is disputed as none of his families who were in close contact for days until his death, tested positive for the virus, raising questions over the validity of his status as a Covid-19 patient.
As of Thursday, Delhi which is one of the worst hit regions in India registered 22,132 confirmed cases and 556 deaths due to Covid-19. CM Arvind Kejriwal advised the people there to approach hospitals only if the symptoms of the disease are aggressive and can lead to deadly complications.