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COVID-19 death toll raised to 12 in India, 618 confirmed cases : Lockdown continues nationwide
TIWN March 26, 2020
COVID-19 death toll raised to 12 in India, 618 confirmed cases : Lockdown continues nationwide
PHOTO : Police on duty during lockdown in Agartala. TIWN Pic March 26, 2020

AGARTALA / NEW DELHI, March 26 (TIWN): With another patient died of the novel coronavirus in India on Wednesday, taking the total casualties of the viral infections to 12 in the country. Social distancing remained one and only way to destroy the virus by killing its chain. An 85-year-old woman in Ahmedabad died of Covid-19 on Wednesday, the Gujarat health department confirmed.The woman had travelled abroad and was admitted to the Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad on March 22 after developing coronavirus symptoms. Doctors have said that the patient was suffering from many complications. Coronavirus Cases across the world is 471,035, Deaths : 21,283,.Recovered: 114,218.The Covid-19 contagion spread to Goa (three cases reported) and northeast India, where Manipur and Mizoram confirmed one case each, even as 20 states and UTs on Wednesday reported 94 fresh infections — the second highest for a single day after 99 cases on Monday. Two more deaths, one of an 85-year-old woman in Ahmedabad and another in Tamil Nadu, took the national toll from the virus to 12. The health ministry clarified that the death it had reported in Delhi on Tuesday was not a Covid-19 case.

THREE PATIENTS SUCCUMB ON SAME DAY

This is the third death to be confirmed on Wednesday. Two other deaths were reported from Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, the first for each state.

A 65-year-old woman succumbed to coronavirus at a government hospital in Indore on Wednesday, becoming the first case of Covid-19 death in Madhya Pradesh. The woman had no history of travelling abroad in recent times and this means she contracted the infection in the country.

She was facing difficulties in breathing which led to further deterioriation in her condition. Besides, she was diabetic and despite all efforts by doctors, she could not survive.

In Tamil Nadu, a 54-year-old man infected with coronavirus died at a hospital in Madurai in the early hours of Wednesday, the first death recorded in the state due to the contagion. The man had a medical history of prolonged illness with "uncontrolled diabetes".

SECOND DEATH IN GUJARAT

The Ahmedabad woman is the second Covid-19 patient to die in Gujarat. Coronavirus claimed its first victim in Gujarat on Sunday when a 67-year-old man, who had tested positive for the infection, died at a private hospital in Surat on March 22.

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The Surat man, with travel history to Delhi and Jaipur, was admitted to a private hospital in Gandhinagar on March 17 with several complications related to kidney and asthma. He tested positive for coronavirus on March 21, officials said.

He did not have any travel history to a foreign country.

Apart from Covid-19, the patient suffered from various other ailments, including acute respiratory distress syndrome, septic shock, multiple organ failure and acute kidney failure.

39 CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES IN GUJARAT

The number of Covid-19 cases in Gujarat went up to 39 as four more people, one of them with travel history abroad, tested positive for the new coronavirus on Wednesday, a health department official said.

On Wednesday, one new case was reported each from Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot and Vadodara, principal secretary (health) Jayanti Ravi told reporters.

Of these fresh infections, one patient has a history of travelling to Dubai in recent times, while the others are cases of local transmission of the viral disease, she said.

With this, the total number of cases in Ahmedabad stands at 14, Surat and Vadodara at seven each, Gandhinagar at six, Rajkot four and Kutch one.

The Prime Minister conveyed his good wishes for early recovery of all those suffering from the disease in Russia and expressed the hope that Russia's efforts, led by President Putin, to fight the disease would be successful.

 President Putin conveyed to the Prime Minister his good wishes for the success of measures adopted in India to combat COVID-19.

The two leaders agreed on further consultation and cooperation in adequately addressing all challenges faced by this major global crisis, including those pertaining to health, medicine, scientific research, humanitarian matters and impact on global economy. They stressed the significance of international cooperation for unitedly fighting COVID-19, including within the framework of G20.

The Prime Minister appreciated the cooperation of Russian authorities in ensuring well-being of Indian students in Russia and hoped that the same would continue. President Putin assured all help in this regard. The Prime Minister told President Putin that Indian authorities concerned would continue to facilitate in all possible manner the efforts for ensuring the well-being and organised return of Russian nationals, as and when required.

The two leaders also agreed to continue their close cooperation for maintaining the excellent momentum and the warm of the cordial and time-tested bilateral relations. They reiterated that they looked forward to several opportunities for their interaction in person during the course of the year.

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