Coronavirus: Third Death In India As COVID-19 Patient Dies At Mumbai's Kasturba Hospital, Say Reports (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Reuters File)
India reported its third confirmed death due to novel coronavirus outbreak as a COVID-19 patient passed away at Mumbai's Kasturba hospital. According to news agency ANI, the patient was 63-year-old. Earlier, India had reported two deaths due to the coronavirus - one in Delhi and another in Karnataka. While a 76-year-old man from Kalaburagi who returned from Saudi Arabia died on Tuesday last, a 68-year-old woman in Delhi who had tested positive for coronavirus passed away at the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital on Friday night. So far, 13 patients have successfully recovered as the disease spread to 15 states and Union territories in India.
The Union health ministry on Tuesday reported 12 new cases of the novel coronavirus taking the total number of infections to 126, up from 114 a day earlier, with the highest numbers in Maharashtra and Kerala. The cases include 22 foreign nationals and two persons who died in Delhi and Karnataka.
Maharashtra has reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country so far.
"The man was admitted at Kasturba Hospital on 5th March & he had hid some details from us, including that he had come from Dubai. But we grew suspicious on 13th March. We sent his samples for test which turned out to be positive. He died at 7 AM today," Rajesh Tope, Minister of Public Health & Family Welfare later told media.
However, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi said the deceased, who was admitted in civic-run Kasturba Hospital, was suffering from other health issues as well. Pardeshi clarified that it would be incorrect to say that the deceased died solely because of COVID-19 infection. "The patient had hypertension and severe pneumonia. Suddenly, his heart rate went very high before he died," he said.
According to PTI, the deceased was a resident of suburban Ghatkopar and he had a travel history to Dubai. He was first admitted in Hinduja hospital in the city on March 13, before shifted to Kasturba Hospital the next day. According to sources, some of the close relatives of the man and staff at the Hinduja hospital had been isolated earlier.
Delhi has so far reported seven positive cases while Uttar Pradesh has recorded 13 cases including one foreigner. Karnataka has 8 coronavirus patients while Maharashtra 39 including 3 foreigners. Ladakh has reported four cases while Jammu and Kashmir three. Telangana has reported four cases. Rajasthan has also reported four cases including that of two foreigners. Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Punjab have reported one case each. Odhisha reported its first case on Monday. In Haryana, all the fourteen infected with the virus are foreigners while Uttarakhand has reported one case. Kerala has recorded 24 cases including two foreign nationals. The number also includes three patients who were discharged last month after they recovered from the contagious infection with flu-like symptoms.
(With agency inputs)