India reports second coronavirus death as number of positive cases spike to 85

A 68-year-old woman has died of coronavirus in Delhi, the government said on Friday, in the second death linked to the global pandemic in the country.

The woman was the sixth case of coronavirus to be reported from the capital and had other conditions including high blood pressure and diabetes.

A resident of West Delhi, she had come in contact with her son who had contracted the virus after travelling to Switzerland and Italy last month.

While her son had not shown any symptoms of an infection initially, he reported to Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital on March 7 with a fever and cough.

As per protocol, the family was screened and since he and the mother had the symptoms of COVID-19, both were admitted, the government said in a statement.

The woman’s condition worsened on March 9, with the development of pneumonia and was shifted to the intensive care unit or ICU. She tested positive for coronavirus on the same day.

“Since 9th March 2020, she was having respiratory fluctuations and was provided ventilator support. However, due to comorbid conditions, she died on 13th March,” the government said.

Her death comes on a day when the number of cases in India rose to 85, including a 76-year-old man who died in Karnataka on Thursday.