Fifth Covid-19 death in India, 63-year-old patient dies in Mumbai

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MUMBAI: A 63-year-old man tested positive for COVID-19 expired here on Sunday taking the death toll to a total of 5 across the country. 

 

This is the second Covid-19 death in Maharashtra.

According to the Public Health Department, Municipal Corporation Greater Mumbai, the male patient was admitted at a private hospital on March 19, and expired on March 21 at 11:03 pm.

“Patient positive case of Covid-19 had a chronic history of diabetes, high blood pressure and ischemic heart disease and he developed acute respiratory distress syndrome leading to death,” the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s public health department said in a release.

Earlier, four deaths reported from Delhi, Karnataka, Punjab and Maharashtra.

On March 19, India's death toll rose to four after a 72-year-old man died of novel coronavirus infection in Punjab. The man had recently returned from Germany via Italy. 

He died at a hospital in Punjab's Nawanshahr district after complaining of severe chest pain. His samples also tested positive for COVID-19.

On March 17, India recorded the third death due to coronavirus as a 64-year-old man passed away in Maharashtra. The man had a travel history from Dubai. 

On March 12, Karnataka had reported its first death due to coronavirus. A 76-year-old man from Kalaburagi, who had recently returned from Saudi Arabia, had tested positive to Covid-19.

After that, on March 13-,  68-year-old woman in Delhi, who had tested positive for coronavirus, died due to co-morbidity, diabetics and hypertension at the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital on Friday night.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday stated that the number of coronavirus cases in India has risen to 324.

Out of these, 296 are active coronavirus cases, 23 are cured/discharged cases, four people have died and one case pertains to migration of COVID-19 patient.

The Prime Minister had on Thursday urged citizens to remain at their homes as a measure to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The 'Janata curfew', at the behest of Prime Minister Modi, is being observed around the country from 7 am till 9 pm today.

As per the media reports, roads were empty , public transport and markets closed in India as millions put themselves under a 14-hour long voluntary curfew to limit the fast-spreading coronavirus epidemic in the country

Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 130 countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic. 

COVID-19, which stands for Coronavirus Disease 2019, is the name of the disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2. SARS-CoV-2 belongs to the Coronavirus family with crown-shaped spikes on its surfaces. The name of the disease was given by the World Health Organisation.

 

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