A 62-year-old medical practitioner died of coronavirus in Indore on Thursday, taking to 22 the death toll in the biggest city in Madhya Pradesh, officials said.
The state’s death toll is now 33, with eight deaths reported in the last 24 hours, according to state officials.
The Indore physician’s death is perhaps the first instance of a medical practitioner succumbing to the virus. The private practitioner was not involved in treating COVID patients but may have contracted it from one of his patients because he continued to work, even as many other practitioners stopped practicing days ago, officials said.
Indore CMHO Dr Pravin Jadia told The Indian Express that the doctor was diabetic and suffered from hypertension. He was admitted to a hospital on April 5 after he complained of breathlessness.
He tested positive on Wednesday and died around 3.45 am on Thursday, Dr Jadia said.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his predecessor Kamal Nath paid tributes to the deceased medical practitioner.
Officials on Thursday said the virus has spread to five more districts of MP — Hoshangabad, Raisen, Dhar, Khandwa and Dewas. With this, 18 districts of the state have so far reported confirmed coronavirus cases. By 4 pm on Thursday, the state reported 411 cases.
Health Commissioner Faiz Ahmed Kidwai said more cases were being reported because the number of tests have gone up. He said the state is conducting more than 1,000 tests per day. Indore has so far reported 211 confirmed cases, followed by Bhopal with 98 cases.
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