New Delhi: Karnataka and Punjab registered its first two cases of the deadly coronavirus on Monday evening raising the total number of cases in India to 45. An IT professional and resident of Bengaluru who had recently travelled to the United States was found to be positive for COVID-19. Meanwhile, in Punjab, a man who returned from Italy tested positive with the infection. Also Read - German State Finance Minister Commits Suicide Amid Fears of Financial Impact of Coronavirus Pandemic

Notably, the Punjab man, a resident of Hoshiarpur, became the seventeenth patient of the global epidemic in India with travel history of Italy – a country that has been battling with over 7,000 cases of the disease, with at least 360 dead. He was tracked at the Amritsar Airport on arrival and was admitted to a government hospital in the city. Also Read - Coronavirus: Total Positive Cases Climb to 1024, Death Toll Reaches 27, State Borders Sealed | Top Points



The Bengaluru techie had returned from the US via Dubai along with his wife and daughter on March 1 and voluntarily approached the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases on noticing some symptoms. The techie and his family have been admitted to a Bengaluru hospital’s isolation ward. Also Read - IPL 2020 Set to be Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Pandemic: Report

Both the new coronavirus patients are in ‘stable’ condition, health authorities said. Besides, there have been no deaths reported in the country so far due to the spread of the virus.



More than 110,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported around 90 countries in the world. In most cases, the infection has been spreading as persons travelling from one continent to the other end up transmitting the virus to hundreds of other people.