63-year-old Covid-19 patient dies in Mumbai, death toll in India at 5: Officials

Death toll due to covid-19 reaches 5.
Covid-19 update: One more succumbs to coronavirus in Mumbai, death toll reaches 5(AFP)
Covid-19 update: One more succumbs to coronavirus in Mumbai, death toll reaches 5(AFP)
Updated on Mar 22, 2020 12:58 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

A fifth Indian has died from Covid-19 in Mumbai in Maharashtra as the number of infected people in the country rose to 324, officials said on Sunday.

The 63-year-old man died at a private hospital late on Saturday, they said. This is the second Covid-19 death in Maharashtra.

“Patient positive case of Covid-19 had a chronic history of diabetes, high blood pressure and ischemic heart disease and he developed acute respiratory distress syndrome leading to death,” the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s public health department said in a release.

Dellhi, Punjab and Karnataka have reported one fatality each before this.

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Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope confirmed that the state now has 74 positive cases of cornavirus..

State health department official said the state has received new 10 novel coronavirus cases on Sunday morning taking the number of patients to 74.

Out of these 10 cases tested positive, 6 are from Mumbai and 4 from Pune. In these 10 cases, 5 cases have travel history and other 4 have came in contact with earlier positive cases.Details of remaining 1 case are awaited.

The rise in the Covid-19 cases comes on a day millions of people kept themselves at the homes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed or a Janta Curfew to check the spread of the deadly virus.

India is racing against time to contain coronavirus to its second stage of transmission. and prevent it from slipping into the third stage of the pandemic which is community transmission.

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