New Delhi: In what could possibly be India’s third case of death due to novel coronavirus, a 71-year-old man, who had returned from Saudi Arabia, died during treatment in Maharashtra’s Buldhana district on Saturday, news agency Press Trust of India (PTI) has reported. Also Read - Coronavirus: Row at Delhi Woman's Funeral as Family Says Was Told to Take Body to Other Crematorium
A 76-year-old man from Karnataka’s Kalaburagi, himself a Saudi Arabia returnee, was the country’s first confirmed casualty due to the infection. A 68-year-old woman, who died in Delhi, was the second confirmed case. Also Read - Delhi: 68-Year-Old Woman Dies of Coronavirus, is India's Second Case of Death Due to COVID-19
According to the PTI report, the man was suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure. He was admitted to a private hospital with high blood pressure a few days ago and was on Saturday morning shifted to an isolation ward at the Buldhana general hospital over symptoms of coronavirus. Also Read - COVID-19: India Records First Coronavirus Death From Karnataka's Kalaburagi
“His sample was sent for lab testing. He passed away at 4.20 pm. Lab report is still awaited,” PTI quoted civil surgeon Premchand Pandit as saying.
The Maharashtra government has closed down all schools, colleges, malls, theatres, gyms etc. in various parts of the state to check the spread of COVID-19.
India has thus far recorded a total of 84 confirmed coronavirus cases. These include 72 active cases, the two aforementioned deaths and ten cases of those who have been cured. Those affected also include 17 foreigners of whom 16 are Italians and one Canadian national.