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India reports first coronavirus death, 76-year-old man who returned from Saudi Arabia

India has recorded its first death in Karnataka’s Kalburgi district.

State Health Minister B Sriramulu confirmed late Thursday night, adding that “necessary contact tracing (of family members and others he came in contact with), isolation and other measures, as per protocol, are being carried out”.

The 76-year-old victim who had returned from Saudi Arabia on February 29 had been screened on arrival at Hyderabad airport but showed no symptoms at that time, officials added.




On March 5 he went to a private hospital in the district and was admitted the following day with asthma and hypertension. Hospital staff tested him for novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Three days later he was shifted to a hospital in Hyderabad. His family checked him out the same day and were taking him home when he died at around 10.30 pm.

It is unclear why the hospital allowed a possible coronavirus patient to leave their care.



Meanwhile, the state reported a 5th coronavirus case. A 26-year-old man who had returned from Greece.

So far India has reported 76 positive virus cases.

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