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First death reported in India due to coronavirus

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — The first person died in the Indian state of Karnataka due to a coronavirus, state health and welfare minister B. Sriramulu said.

As the minister wrote on Twitter, “A 76-year-old man from Gulbarga (a city in the state of Maharashtra – ed.) Who died, was a patient suspected of having COVID-19, was infected with COVID-19.”

“At present, necessary measures are being taken to track contacts, isolation and other measures in accordance with the protocol,” he added.

The deceased – 76-year-old Mahmad Hussein Siddiki – came to India from Saudi Arabia on February 29 and was put in isolation, as he had a cold and fever.

Siddiki died early Wednesday morning, but doctors did not report that the cause of death was coronavirus until they received test results.

Earlier, the Ministry of Health and Family Support of India reported that the number of coronavirus infected in India reached 73. Three patients recovered and were discharged from the hospital.

The World Health Organization on March 11 announced the outbreak of the new coronavirus pandemic. About 120 thousand people in more than 100 countries have already been infected in the world, most have recovered, but more than 4 thousand have died.

The largest outbreaks outside of China are in Italy, Iran, South Korea and Japan.

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