Woman dies of COVID-19 in New York days after leaving Trinidad

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Zorida Wahid Khan, 78, originally from Tacarigua, died yesterday in a hospital in New York from the COVID-19 virus.

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — Fifteen days after 78-year-old Zorida Wahid Khan returned to her home in Queens, New York, after vacationing in Trinidad and Tobago, she tested positive for the COVID-19.

Five days after being diagnosed with the virus, Khan, who was originally from Tacarigua, died at a hospital Friday.

Speaking with the Guardian Media, one of Khan’s relatives said she spent three months vacationing in Trinidad and left for her New York home on March 14.

“From the airport in New York she went straight into self-isolation and it was while there she developed flu-like symptoms. It worsened and five days ago she tested positive for COVID-19 and they had her in quarantine at the hospital until her death this morning (Friday). She was vulnerable, as she also suffered from heart issues,” the relative, who did not want to be identified, said.

Khan was the mother of three, had eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The relative described Khan as the “matriarch of our family…the Ali’s from St Micheal Road in Tacarigua…Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’in,” the relative said.

“She lived a long, wonderful life, making sure everyone around you was good,” she added.

The relative remembered how seriously Khan took her religion.

“She didn’t make joke when it came to her religion. I remember that one Ramadhan I stayed with her and how happy she was that I fasted. But what I thought was amazing is that she was such a free-spirited person,” she said.

“Any believer who dies from this virus is a death of a martyr. May Allah accept her in jannah til firdouse. Ameen.”

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