NEW DELHI: India reported its second Covid-19 death on Friday, with a 68-year-old woman from Delhi who had tested positive for novel coronavirus succumbing to the infection. The woman's son, who had recently returned from Europe, had earlier tested positive for the virus.
"The death of a 68-year-old female from west Delhi (mother of a confirmed case of Covid-19), is confirmed to be caused due to co-morbidity (diabetes and hypertension). She has also tested positive for Covid-19," the health ministry said in a statement issued late at night.
Earlier, on March 10, a 76-year-old man from Kalaburagi in north Karnataka with Covid-19 symptoms, had died. Tests results on Thursday confirmed he was positive for the novel coronavirus, making the septuagenarian man, with a travel history to Saudi Arabia, the country's first Covid-19 fatality.
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The Delhi resident hadn't travelled abroad though. She had contact with her son, a positive case, who had travelled to Switzerland and Italy between February 5 and February 22. "The son had returned to India on February 23. Initially, he was asymptomatic but later developed fever and cough, and reported to RML hospital on March 7," said a health ministry official.
The official added that as per protocol, the family was screened and since the son and his mother had fever and cough, both were admitted to hospital. "The 68-year-old woman was a known case of diabetes and hypertension. Her condition worsened on March 9 with development of pneumonia and she was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Her sample also tested positive for Covid-19," the health ministry said, adding further that the woman was having respiratory fluctuation and was provided ventilator support. "However, due to co-morbid conditions, she died on Friday at RML hospital, Delhi as confirmed by the treating physician and medical superintendent," said health ministry.
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