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Mumbai's 3rd Fatality Takes India's Virus Death Toll to 10; Manipur Woman is First Case in Northeast

Image for representation. (AP Photo)

Image for representation. (AP Photo)

As cases of the viral infection surged in the past few days, authorities have put almost the entire country under lockdown, banning gathering of people and suspending road, rail and air traffic till March 31.

New Delhi: A 65-year-old coronavirus patient has died in Mumbai, taking the death toll due to COVID-19 to three in the metropolis and 10 across India.

The man recently returned from the United Arab Emirates to Ahmedabad. He later complained of fever, cough and difficulty in breathing, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said in a statement. He also had pre-existing ailments, including high blood pressure and severe diabetes, it said.

He was brought to the Kasturba Hospital in Mumbai on March 20 for treatment, but his health condition deteriorated further. The man died late Monday evening, the BMC said.

Northeast India, meanwhile, recorded its first coronavirus case with a 23-year-old woman testing in Manipur.

The woman had recently returned from the UK, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences Director Th Bhimo Singh said. She had returned to Imphal via Delhi and Guwahati airports.

Nearly 500 coronavirus cases have been reported in India so far, according to Health Ministry data on Tuesday. According to the data updated Tuesday morning, the total number of COVID-19 cases rose to 492, including 446 active cases.

The figure includes 41 foreign nationals and 10 deaths reported so far, the Health Ministry said.

Maharashtra reported its third casualty on Tuesday, while West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka, Delhi, Gujarat and Punjab had reported one death each earlier.

Thirty-seven people have been cured/discharged/migrated, it added.

The number of active cases at 446 saw an increase of 22 from last night's figure.

As cases of the viral infection surged, authorities have put almost the entire country under lockdown, banning gathering of people and suspending road, rail and air traffic till March 31.

Kerala has reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases so far at 95, including eight foreign nationals, followed by Maharashtra which recorded 87, including three foreigners, according to the ministry data.

Karnataka has reported 37 cases of coronavirus patients, while cases in Rajasthan increased to 33, including two foreigners.

Uttar Pradesh has 33 positive cases, including a foreign national. Telangana has so far reported 32 cases, including 10 foreigners.

Cases in Delhi rose to 31, including one foreigner, while Gujarat has reported 29 cases.

In Haryana, there are 26 cases, including 14 foreigners, while Punjab has reported 21 cases.

Ladakh has 13 cases, while Tamil Nadu has reported 12 cases, including two foreigners.

West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh have reported seven cases each so far.

Chandigarh has six cases, while Jammu and Kashmir has four cases.

Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh have reported three cases each, while there are two cases each in Bihar and Odisha.

Puducherry and Chhattisgarh have reported a case each.

first published:March 24, 2020, 09:54 IST