A 68-year-old woman in Delhi became the country’s second victim of coronavirus on Friday as several states went into battle mode to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The number of positive cases in the country includes the woman and a 76-year-old man from Karnataka who became the country’s first coronavirus fatality, Health Ministry officials said.
Health ministry and Delhi government officials said the woman came in contact with her son, the fifth case of coronavirus in the national capital, with a history travel history to Switzerland and Italy between February 5 and 22. Her death was caused due to co-morbidity (diabetes and hypertension), they said, adding she had tested positive for COVID-19.
She was admitted in Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, officials said. Cases of the infection have been reported from at least 11 states and Union Territories, including Delhi, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Kerala, where three patients were discharged last month after they recovered.
The Centre has decided to allow international traffic only through 19 border checkposts out of 37 and continue the suspension of Indo-Bangladesh cross border passenger trains and buses till April 15, or earlier, if so decided.
Officials disclosed that 42,000 people across the country are under community surveillance.
States shut down AS cases reach 82
Several states across India went into battle mode to contain the spread of COVID-19, shutting down schools, theatres, and colleges, and many public events were postponed as the health ministry on Friday put the number of cases at 82 (17 of them foreigners).
The count is likely to be higher with Army sources saying a man who had returned from Italy this week tested positive at the force's quarantine facilities in Manesar in Haryana.
Karnataka, Odisha, Jammu & Kashmir, and Bihar went into virtual shutdown mode.
Amid speculation over the Budget Session being shortened, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi told PTI, “There is no question of curtailing the session.”
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