Chittoor, April 30: In one of the most tragic incidents, a 28-year-old migrant worker who returned to the outskirts of his native village from Bengaluru after covering over 150 kms by walk and using available mode of transport due to COVID-19 lockdown, collapsed and died on the outskirts of his native village Mittapalle under Ramasamudram mandal in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday evening.
The deceased has been identified as K. Hariprasad, who had gone to Bengaluru in search of livelihood.
Ironically relatives, friends and family members of the deceased didn't touch the body of Hariprasad fearing he might have died of COVID-19.
Based on information from the locals, the police led by Sub Inspector Ravi Kumar along with the medical and health department officials rushed to Mittapalle.
The medical and health department officials collected the samples from the dead body and declared that he was tested COVID-19 negative.
The police said that Hariprasad might have walked the long distance and took different transportation modes (such as trucks carrying essential goods) to reach his village Mittapalle from Bengaluru, where he was a worker in the construction sector. It was not clear how much distance he walked and the death occurred due to cardio respiratory arrest, police said.
The family members of Hariprasad with the support of police conducted the final rituals on Thursday.The police said that they have registered a case under Section 174 of CrPC (unnatural death) and investigation is on.
Andhra Pradesh has reported 510 COVID-19 cases and four COVID-19 deaths in the past one week (from April 24 to April 30), with an average of 72 cases per day. The total number of coronavirus cases in the State now stands at 1,403, including 1,051 active cases and 31 deaths.
Of the 510 COVID-19 cases in the last seven days, three districts Krishna, Kurnool and Guntur districts accounted for over 78 per cent of cases (402) cases in the State. The remaining COVID-19 affected districts (nine districts) contributed 108 cases.
In the past one week, COVID-19 has claimed four lives in the State. Two deaths were reported in Kurnool district while one death was reported in Krishna and Anantapur districts each.