COVID-19: 4 Keralites die in Ireland, Saudi Arabia and USA

Beena George, a nurse from Kottayam, died in Ireland; Shafan a driver from Malappurram died in Saudi Arabia; while Shaun Abraham, a student from Pathanamthitta and Thankachan Injanat, a Metropolitan Transport Authority employee from Idukki died in New York, USA.

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Thiruvananthapuram: Four non-resident Keralites (NRKs), three men and one woman, died of COVID-19 in foreign countries on Sunday. They died in Ireland, the USA and Saudi Arabia.

Beena George, 54, a nurse from Kuruppanthara in Kottayam district, had cancer. She was admitted to a hospital in Ireland after she tested positive for coronavirus two days ago. Beena passed away on Sunday. She is survived by husband George Paul and their two children.

Shafan, 42, a driver from Chemmad in Malappurram district, passed away in Saudi Arabia. He was suffering from fever and was under treatment there. On Friday, he had tested positive for coronavirus.

Hours before his death, he had sent an audio file to his friend here, in which he said things were turning for the worse and he was not feeling good. His wife, who also tested positive, has been isolated at their home there.

The third death was in New York. Shaun Abraham, 21, a student, who hailed from Thiruvalla in Pathanamthitta district was settled there with his parents. He had tested positive last week and was in a hospital since then.

Shaun initially sought treatment for fever but was given medicines and sent home after preliminary tests. He has been under observation at home since. Shaun’s health condition deteriorated the other day and was taken to the hospital. However, his life could not be saved.

The fourth was also in New York (Queens). The victim, Thankachan Injanatt (51), a native of Muttom, Thodupuzha in Idukki district was an employee attached to the Metropolitan Transport Authority.

(With inputs from IANS)

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