Mystery surrounds the first possible coronavirus fatality in India as the samples of the 76-year-old suspected Covid-19 patient from Kalaburagi who died on Wednesday, were yet to reach the lab in Bengaluru two full days after they were drawn.

There seemed to be poor coordination between district authorities with officials in Bengaluru yet to receive the samples that were collected in Kalaburagi on March 9.

“The samples were collected at 3.30 pm on March 9,” confirmed M A Jabbar, Kalaburagi District Health Officer to DH.

Samples were expected to be delivered to Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute Virus Research and Diagnostic Laboratory by a courier company by 10.30 pm on Wednesday, said an official.