His sample returned negative three days ago. He was from the village of Keezhatoor in the district of Malappuram.
Kerala’s Minister of Health, K K Shylaja, confirmed that Veerankutty was not dead due to COVID-19. “He was cured of COVID-19. Its three consecutive samples returned negative. The last test was done three days ago. So it was a non-COVID death, “she told mediapersons in Thiruvananthapuram a few hours after confirmation of the death on Saturday. .
Shylaja said he has been on treatment for heart and kidney disease for a long time. “He had a heart attack on April 13. A day later, he suffered from kidney failure and was on dialysis, “she said.
She said that Veerankutty’s body would be handed over to her relatives.
Health officials believed he had contracted the illness of his son, a 52-year-old Madrassa teacher who returned after making an Umrah pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.
Veerankutty was a healer and many people visited him.
Yakub Husain Sait (69, Ernakulam), Abdul Azeez (68, Thiruvananthapuram), Mehraoof (67, Mahé, Pondicherry UT) were the three people who died in Kerala because of COVID so far. Although Mahroof was originally from Mahé in the Union Territory of Pondicherry, he died at the hospital of the Medical Medical College in Kannur.
(Editor’s note: This story was revised after the Minister of Health in Kerala confirmed that the death of the resident of Malappuram was not due to COVID-19. An earlier version said he was a victim of Covid-19.)