FACTCHECK: Tripura youth didn’t die due to coronavirus in Malaysia
Agartala: A day after the reports of the death of a 23-year-old Tripura boy in Malaysia due to coronavirus went viral, family members of the deceased, Manir Hossain, have rubbished the news.
The death certificate issued by the Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Malaysia (a copy of which is with EastMojo) says that the cause of the death is “Epilepticus Secondary Meningoencephalitis’”and not coronavirus.
Speaking with EastMojo, Misan Miah, brother of the deceased, said that the death of Manir was sue to fever and sickness and they have not received any such report from the authorities concerned in Malaysia.
“My brother left for Malaysia in 2018 and he was working in a restaurant based in Johar Bahru Malaysia. He was admitted to Sultani Amina Hospital on Monday. We received the news of his death on Wednesday,” Misan said.
He also said that they were informed that the death was due to sickness and fever and not due to coronavirus.
“We met the secretary of the chief minister and a letter requesting his office to help us in bringing back the body was also submitted. We are waiting for the call from the CMO and learn if steps to bring back the body is being taken,” Misan said.
Earlier, media reports said that the death of the 23-year-old was due to coronavirus and his grandfather Sahid was also seen confirming the same. But on Thursday, Sahid said he was told to announce that the death was due to coronavirus so that the body can be brought back by the government.
“I was told that if I tell the media persons that the death was due to coronavirus then the government will help in bringing back the body home. We have never heard anything as such and the cause of the death is also not clear,” Sahid said.
Meanwhile, the secretary of health Dr Debashish Basu said that the reports are false and they have not received any letter from the Malaysian government.
The chief minister's office has also not confirmed the death of the 23-year-old due to coronavirus as they are awaiting the reports from the Malaysian authorities.
Manir Hossain hailed from Purthal Rajnagar in Sepahijala district of Tripura and he was working in Malaysia since 2018 last. He is survived by his wife, father, mother and two brothers.
The Tripura health department has already sounded alert across the state and areas adjoining Indo-Bangla international border after the detention of Novel Coronavirus in New Delhi and outbreak in the neighbouring nation China.
Speaking with reporters Tripura health secretary Dr Debashish Bose said the ministry of health has issued an advisory with instructions on how to combat the Coronavirus scare and they have received the same here.
“We have received an advisory from the health ministry and we have started taking all precautionary measures to screen people entering Tripura from adjoining Bangladesh through the Land Customs Station (LCS) and Akhaura International Check Post (ICP),” it said.
Tripura is surrounded by Bangladesh from three sides and it shares about 856-km-long international border with Bangladesh.
The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has also started working and measures have been taken at the Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport in Agartala to combat the coronavirus. A desk for screening people with symptoms of the virus is also being set up by the AAI authority.