A 54-year-old Andhra Pradesh returnee died at a quarantine centre at OAV Allada in Gajapati district on Thursday. The deceased identified as Katti Krishna was a resident of Haripur village under Kashinagar block in the district.
He was diagnosed with rectal cancer at Acharya Harihar Postgraduate Institute of Cancer, Cuttack four months ago and discharged.
Reports said the son of the deceased was working as a welder in West Godavari district of AP for which Krishna and his wife were staying with him there.
However, after the villagers objected their stay, the couple came back to Gajapati by an ambulance that was intercepted at a checkpoint at Hadubhangi on May 19.
Later, he was kept at a cyclone shelter at BL Pur under Siali gram panchayat. But locals strongly opposed his stay at the shelter, following which he was again shifted to the girls’ hostel at OAV Allada the same day. He died in sleep on the wee hours of Thursday.
Collector Anupam Saha said though the deceased had no symptoms of coronavirus, for which his swab sample was not collected for testing. However, his funeral would be conducted as per the Government’s Covid-19 guidelines. Samples of all his family members would be collected for tests.