Two sisters die of COVID-19 in Biratnagar

Published On: September 6, 2020 06:00 PM NPT By: Chuman Basnet

MORANG, Sept 6: Two women of a family succumbed to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Biratnagar in an interval of 10 days.

The 40-year-old younger sister died earlier on August 25 while her 43-year-old elder sister passed away later on September 4. Both of them breathed their last while undergoing treatment — the younger one at Birat Medical College in Tankisinbari and the elder sister at the Dharan-based BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS).

Their mother, two brothers and a daughter of the 40-year-old deceased woman, however, tested negative for the virus, according to family sources.

Both the married women were at their maternal house in Biratnagar-11 since their father’s death earlier on August 7. The father, however, had not  contracted the virus.

The younger woman had been suffering from high fever and chest pain followed by pneumonia. She was diagnosed with COVID-19 only after her death.

The elder sister was admitted to the Biratnagar-based Neuro Hospital on September 1 after she developed the symptoms including chest pain and stomach ache. She was then referred to BPKIHS following the confirmation of the viral infection the following day. According to one of her relatives, she had been suffering from high blood pressure for long.

The villagers carried out the funerals of the two sisters as per the tradition and protocol issued by the government.

 The family is greatly bereaved as they had to lose three members within less than a month’s time.

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