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Mahrashtra Man Who Died of Pneumonia Found Coronavirus Positive

Members of a voluntary organisation wear protective gear before distributing food to people in Mumbai on March 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Members of a voluntary organisation wear protective gear before distributing food to people in Mumbai on March 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Officials are now trying to identify people who came into contact with the deceased.

Mumbai: Samples of a 45-year-old man, who died of pneumonia on April 2 in Maharashtra's Amravati district, tested positive to novel coronavirus on Saturday, an official said.

The deceased and his family members had not travelled outside Amravati in the recent past, officials said. "His throat swab was sent for a laboratory test, which tested positive to coronavirus," he said.

Officials are now trying to identify people who came into contact with the deceased. According to officials, this is the first COVID-19 case in Amravati. They said that four members from the family of the deceased, including two women, have been quarantined for 14 dys and his area of residence being sanitised.

District Collector Shailesh Naval said that all shops in the area are shuttered to avoid crowding of people for at

least two days. Another official said that neither the deceased nor his family members travelled outside the city in the last six months.

The doctor who initially treated the deceased after he developed symptoms of cough and cold has also been isolated.

Meanwhile, a person who tested positive to novel coronavirus in Washim district on April 2 was found to have

come into contact with eight persons from Badnera in Amravati district, Naval said.

"Swabs of all the eight have been sent for testing and they have been home quarantined," he said.

first published:April 04, 2020, 18:47 IST