Coronavirus Highlights: Second death in India; national emergency in US
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People wear masks while leaving Kasturba Hospital in Mumbai. (Express Photo: Prashant Nadkar)
Coronavirus outbreak Highlights: Coronavirus claimed second life in India Friday as a 68-year-old woman, who was the sixth confirmed case of COVID 19 in Delhi, passed away in Delhi’s RML hospital. Delhi health department has confirmed the death and is awaiting the final report from the hospital. Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump said he is officially declaring a national emergency.
On Thursday, India recorded its first case of coronavirus death after health officials confirming that a 76-year-old man, who died on his way from Hyderabad to his hometown Karnataka’s Kalaburagi, tested positive for the virus. Earlier, three persons, who had tested positive in Kerala, had recovered and were discharged from hospitals.
As the Union Health Ministry put the active number of novel coronavirus cases at 81, several states across the country intensified measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, shutting down schools, theatres and colleges and many public events, including the Indian Premier League (IPL) were postponed.
Addressing a press conference, health officials said an exercise will be undertaken on Saturday to bring back Indian passengers stranded in Iran. “Air India will also send a flight to Milan on Saturday to bring back stranded Indians. It will land on Sunday morning at Delhi airport,” officials said. Italy is the second worst-affected country after China, with the death toll crossing 1,000 yesterday. Click here for the helpline numbers of states and union territories.
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A visitor wears a mask to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, at Red Fort in New Delhi, Thursday, March 12, 2020. (PTI Photo)
In a step to curb the spread of coronavirus, masks like N95 and hand-sanitisers have been declared essential commodities in India till June-end, a government order said Friday. Maharashtra ordered closure of cinema halls, swimming pools and gyms in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad and Nagpur from Friday midnight.
The health ministry advised people not to panic, saying the focus is on preventive approach and there are adequate facilities available for testing. The ministry also said that India has evacuated 900 citizens along with 48 belonging to other nationalities like Maldives, Myanmar, Bangladesh, China, US, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa, and Peru. In addition, 83 evacuees from Italy who arrived yesterday have been housed at Manesar facility for quarantine, the ministry added. In an unprecedented move, India decided to suspend all visas, barring select categories, till April 15, effectively closing its borders for a month. It means that no foreign tourists can enter India for over a month now, affecting an already stressed economy.
The first case of a coronavirus death in the country has been reported in Karnataka with health officials confirming that a 76-year-old man, who died on his way from Hyderabad to his hometown Kalaburagi Tuesday, has tested positive for COVID-19 virus.
Officials said the man had returned from a month-long pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia and fallen ill with underlying conditions of asthma and hypertension.
“The 76-year-old man from Kalaburagi, who passed away and was a suspected COVID-19 patient, has been confirmed for COVID-19. The necessary contact tracing, isolation and other measures as per protocol are being carried out. The Telangana government has also been informed since he went to a private hospital there,’’ Karnataka Health Commissioner Pankaj Pandey said Thursday night.
Officials said the symptoms got aggravated on March 9, when he was moved to a private hospital in Kalaburagi, and “provisionally diagnosed” as a suspected COVID-19 case. On the same day, his sample was collected by the Gulbarga Institute of Medical Sciences hospital in Kalaburagi and sent to the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute.
“Without waiting for the test results, the attendees insisted and the patient was discharged against medical advice… the attendees took him to a private hospital in Hyderabad. As per instructions of Deputy Commissioner, Kalaburagi District, the District Health Officer met the attendees to convince them to admit the patient to GIMS, Kalaburagi, in the isolation ward. But the attendees refused to listen to him. They transferred him to Hyderabad without his knowledge,” the Union Health Ministry said in a statement.
“The patient was admitted in a private hospital in Hyderabad and treated. Later he was discharged and while he was being brought back he died on the way to the GIMS, Kalaburagi, on March 10,” the statement said.