69-year-old woman who tested COVID-19 positive dies in Delhi; Death Toll in India Reaches 2
A 69-year-old woman, who tested positive for coronavirus infection, died in the morning hours in the capital city of Delhi, taking the death toll in India due to coronavirus to 2.
News agency PTI has attributed the information to the Health Ministry and other government officials. The first death case due to coronavirus in India was reported when a 76-year-old man, from the southern state of Karnataka, who was infected with the virus, died in the state.
He had visited Saudi Arabia for a month at the end of January and landed in Hyderabad on February 29. People who came in contact with the man, who died on Tuesday, are being traced and quarantined, the state’s health minister said.
Meanwhile, the local government of all the states where cases have been reported have been alerted and taking strict measures to avoid the virus spreading further.
In Delhi, the government has put a halt to the IPL matches that were supposed to get started from the last week of March. "Avoid large gatherings. A lot of people might be thinking about whether it's right to take such extreme measures. In countries where preventive measures are being taken, only there it (coronavirus outbreak) could be regulated otherwise, it keeps spreading,” Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister said.
In Maharashtra, the government has put a ban on the selling of match tickets so that people don’t get involved in a mass gathering.
Coronavirus cases in India have risen to 88, with states like Kerala, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh recording a maximum number of cases.