India’s First Coronavirus Death Confirmed In Karnataka, Total Cases Climb To 75

India on March 11, 2020, suspended all visas, except a few categories such as diplomatic and employment, till April 15, 2020, to prevent the spread of coronavirus

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Death of a 76-year-old man from Karnataka is confirmed to be caused due to co-morbidity and has also tested positive for COVID-19, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare stated.

The deceased had visited Saudi Arabia from January 29th to February 29th, 2020. He reached back to Hyderabad on February 29th and went to Kalaburgi.

“He was a known case of Hypertension and Asthma. While he was asymptomatic on his return, he developed symptoms of fever and cough on March 6th, 2020. One private doctor visited him at his home and treated him there. On March 9th, 2020, the symptoms got aggravated and he was shifted to a private hospital in Kalaburgi. He was provisionally diagnosed as ‘mid-zone Viral Pneumonia’ and ‘suspected COVID-19’,” a press release stated.

The sample was collected on March 9th, 2020 by Viral Research Diagnostic Laboratory, GIMS, Kalaburgi to rule out COVID-19 and sample was dispatched to VRDL, BMC&RI, Bengaluru. Later, the patient was shifted to a private hospital in Hyderabad. The patient died on March 10th, 2020.

India on March 11th, 2020, suspended all visas, except a few categories such as diplomatic and employment, till April 15th, 2020, to prevent the spread of coronavirus as 10 new cases were reported taking the total number of patients in the country to 75.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases across the Middle East has exceeded 10,000, an alarming situation posed by the raging pandemic.

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