Novel coronavirus cases in India climb to 195

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NEW DELHI: The novel coronavirus cases in India rose to 195 on Friday after 22 fresh cases were reported from various parts of the country.


According to the Health Ministry data, the cases include 32 foreign nationals including 17 from Italy, 3 from the Philippines, two from the UK, one each belonging to Canada, Indonesia and Singapore.

The figure also includes four deaths reported from Delhi, Karnataka, Punjab and Maharashtra so far.

On March 19, India's death toll rose to 4 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.

So far, Delhi has reported 17 positive cases which includes one foreigner, while Uttar Pradesh has recorded 19 cases, including one foreigner.

Maharashtra has 47 cases, including three foreigners, while Kerala has recorded 28 cases, which include two foreign nationals.

Karnataka has 15 coronavirus patients. The number of cases in Ladakh rose to 10 and Jammu and Kashmir four. Telangana has reported 16 cases which include nine foreigners.

Rajasthan has also reported seven cases including that of two foreigners. Tamil Nadu has three cases so far while Andhra Pradesh has two.

Odisha, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Pondicherry, Chandigarh and Punjab have reported one case each. In Haryana, there are 17 cases, which include 14 foreigners.

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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