Malappuram: An 85-year-old Malappuram man, who was under observation at the Manjeri Medical College. after being cured of COVID-19, died on Saturday. According to reports, the man had contracted COVID-19 from his son, a 52-year-old Madrassa teacher, who had returned after performing Umrah pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

The victim had been under treatment for kidney-related ailments before he contracted COVID-19. According to local media reports, the victim tested positive for COVID-19 on April 2.

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After treatment, the victim had tested negative for COVID-19 three days ago. Officials said his samples would be tested again after his death. If it is confirmed that the victim remained infected with COVID-19, this would be the fourth death from the virus in Kerala.

Malappuram is among four other districts in Kerala, which have been listed as COVID-19 hotspots.