India reports first death in Corona Virus : 76 year Karnataka man who died Tuesday was Corona positive

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Bangaluru : India on Thursday reported its first Coronavirus (COVID-19) fatality as 76 year Karnataka man died on Tuesday has been diagnosed positive with the virus, the state government has confirmed.

The 76-year-old Mahammad Husain Siddiq from Karnataka’s Gulbarga district was being treated in a local hospital in Hyderabad. He was admitted in the hospital for showing symptoms like breathlessness, cold and cough after returning from Saudi Arabia on 29 February.

The tests of the sample taken earlier from the deceased has been confirmed positive with Coronavirus, Karnataka health minister said.

The Government of India has stepped up its preparedness to counter COVIT-19, already classified as Pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday. India’s total positive cases has touched 74 by Thursday evening.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defence has mobilised all necessary resources to support the government effort towards the management of Corona virus.

“Currently, the military is running two medical facilities at Hindon in Ghaziabad and Manesar in Haryana and a total of 265 civilians are under military supervision at these two facilities. As per DG AFMS, a batch of 124 cases have completed their 14 days of isolation at Manesar facility, have tested negative and are ready to leave the facility.​ ​More facilities at Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Suratgarh, Gorakhpur, Jhansi & Kolkata are geared up to absorb any more citizens that are likely to arrive in India over the next few days” said Ministry of Defence.

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