India reports 7th COVID-19 death
Patna/Mumbai, Mar 22
Three coronavirus deaths were reported from Maharashtra's Mumbai, Bihar and Gujarat today, which takes the total number of deaths linked to COVID-19 in India to seven.
In Bihar, a 38-year-old man who had recently traveled to Qatar, died of renal failure at Patna's All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He had tested positive for coronavirus, Bihar Health Secretary Sanjay Kumar said. This is the first case of highly contagious COVID-19 reported from the State. He is probably the youngest person in the country to die due after contracting the infection.
In Maharashtra, the State that has reported maximum coronavirus cases across India (74), a 63-year-old man admitted to a private hospital in Mumbai died this morning. "The patient had a chronic history of diabetes, high blood pressure and ischemic heart disease," Mumbai's civic body, the Brihamumbai Municipal Corporation, said in a statement.
He developed acute respiratory distress syndrome leading to his death. This is the second death in Mumbai linked to coronavirus, which originated in China and has spread to over 140 countries. Three deaths have been reported from Delhi, Punjab and Karnataka this month. All of these patients were above 60.
Ten more positive cases have been reported in the last 24 hours in Maharashtra, according to the State Government. Of these, six are in Mumbai and four are in Pune.
In Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home State, a 69-year-old man died at a hospital in Surat. Eighteen cases have so far been reported in the State. Health Ministry said that test results of another 65-year-old woman were awaited.
Across India, there are over 300 active coronavirus cases, officials said on Sunday as millions across India observe a 14-hour self-quarantine or "Janata Curfew" call given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Worldwide, over 13,000 people have died, nearly 3 lakh have got infected due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. The COVID-19 is a new strain that was discovered last year in China's Wuhan and has not been previously identified in humans. Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. NDTV