Baripada: A 50-year-old migrant worker died while in home quarantine at his village in Nahandasola panchayat of Betonati block in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district on Thursday morning.
The family members said that the deceased after returning from Surat on May 17 had stayed in a government quarantine centre for seven days. Later, he came home and had been in isolation since May 24.
“The deceased, who had no symptom of coronavirus, suddenly felt restless this morning and came out of the house and died soon after,” the family members said.
The son of the deceased is working in a company in Surat.
The villagers, however, are reluctant to cremate the body fearing that the death could be due to coronavirus.
Talking to the media, IIC of Betonati police station Ashok Kumar Nayak said that he had received a written complaint from the sarpanch of Nahandasola Panchayat.
“The body will be cremated in accordance with the COVID-19 protocol after a medical team from Baripada will collect the swab,” Nayak said.