The tally of positive COVID-19 cases rose to 147 in India on March 18th, 2020 a day after the country reported its third death due to the lethal virus.
On March 17th, 2020, India reported its third death due to the coronavirus as a 63-year-old patient with COVID-19 infection passed away in Mumbai. The patient was admitted to Kasturba hospital in Mumbai. The resident of Ghatkopar was the first victim of coronavirus infection in Maharashtra which has reported 39 COVID-19 cases so far, highest in the country.
The Indian Army reported its first case after a 32-year-old soldier came in contact with his father, who had returned to India from Iran on February 27 and tested positive for Covid-19. The soldier was quarantined on March 7 and tested positive on March 16, and has been isolated at the same hospital as his father.
The Union Health Minister has recommended the use of anti-HIV drugs on a “case-to-case basis” for “high-risk patients” aged above 60 years with underlying conditions. The directive comes after two COVID-positive Italian tourists — a 69-year-old man and his 70-year-old wife — who were administered the Lopinavir/Ritonavir combination, usually a second-line HIV medication, recovered in Jaipur.
The novel coronavirus has claimed over 7500 lives across the world and infected nearly 200,000 people. China registered the highest cases with 82,000 people infected followed by Italy at 27,980 and Iran at 16,169 cases.
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