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Man feared to have coronavirus dies in Leh, village sealed: Report

Authorities have closed all schools up to the higher secondary level in Leh town till March 31

IANS  |  Srinagar 

Passengers undergo a thermal screening test in the wake of novel coronavirus scare at Dimapur airport in Nagaland on Sunday. Photo: PTI

Authorities on Monday sealed a village in district of Ladakh region after a pilgrim who had visited Iran died in the hospital of suspected infection while a lady also tested positive for the dreaded virus in Jammu.

"The deceased had recently returned from Iran after a pilgrimage. He was admitted in the Sonam Narboo hospital in the town for treatment of severe ailment involving his pancreas and other vital organs.

"We have sent the samples of the deceased for test and the results are still awaited", said the superintendent of the hospital where the patient died on Sunday.

Two persons who returned after pilgrimage from Iran have already tested positive in the Ladakh region.

Following these developments authorities have closed all schools up to the higher secondary level in town till March 31.

Meanwhile, a 60-year old lady who returned to Jammu from Iran on February 23 tested positive for the dreaded virus on Monday.

"The lady has been undergoing treatment in the isolation ward", officials said.

First Published: Mon, March 09 2020. 12:15 IST