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12 Mar 2020

India’s first COVID-19 death confirmed in Karnataka; total number of cases cross 70

Health authorities in Karnataka on March 12 reported the country’s first fatality from the novel coronavirus with the death of a 76-year-old man. Tests results of the man, who died on March 10, confirmed COVID-19, State health officials said.

The senior citizen had returned from Saudi Arabia on February 29. According to reports, he fell ill soon after his return and was admitted to a private hospital and later shifted to the Gulbarga Institute of Medical Sciences.

Health authorities in Karnataka on March 12 reported the country’s first fatality from the novel coronavirus with the death of a 76-year-old man. Tests results of the man, who died on March 10, confirmed COVID-19, State health officials said.

The senior citizen had returned from Saudi Arabia on February 29. According to reports, he fell ill soon after his return and was admitted to a private hospital and later shifted to the Gulbarga Institute of Medical Sciences.His throat swab was sent for testing to check for COVID-19 infection. He was shifted to CARE hospital in Hyderabad in the interim and died enroute as he was being brought back to Kalaburagi.

The Union Health Ministry said the number of coronavirus patients in the country has risen to 74 with fresh cases being reported from Maharashtra, Delhi, Ladakh, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh as well as one foreign national.

The rise in numbers came a day after the World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.

Stating that India is still seeing local transmission, the Health Ministry said: “We have to remember that while there is no need for panic we are dealing with an evolving situation. Currently we have 1,500 contacts of the 74 positive cases currently being monitored,” Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry Lav Agarwal told reporters at a press conference on March 12.