India reports first coronavirus death


A 76-year-old from Kalburgi who died two days ago while being treated from suspected COVID 19 has become the first coronavirus fatality in India. His samples were earlier taken and was tested positive.

The 76 year old man from Kalburgi who passed away & was a suspected #COVID19 patient has been Confirmed for #COVID19. The necessary contact tracing,  isolation & other measures as per protocol are being carried out, said B Sriramulu, Minister for Health and Family Welfare in the southern state of Karnataka in a tweet on Thursday.

According to reports, he had visited Saudi Arabia for a month at the end of January, and returned to Hyderabad on February 29.

He had complained of cough and fever on March 6 and died on March 10.

According to health authorities, the patient had severe co-morbidities such as history of hypertension, diabetes and asthma and appendicitis.

The total cases of COVID-19 infection in India has reached 74.

The Indian government has already suspended all existing visas issued to citizens of all countries except a select few category until April 15 to avoid the spread of the global pandemic.

The virus has infected 125,288 people in 118 countries and territories and killed 4,614 globally.

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