India records fifth death, Italian tourist passes away

So far, the IMCR has reported 206 cases in India

INDIA-HEALTH-VIRUS A man wearing a facemask amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus arrives at a train station in Mumbai | AFP

A 69-year-old Italian, who was among the first batch of coronavirus positive patients in India, died of cardiac arrest in Rajasthan’s Jaipur on Friday. “69-year-old Italian tourist, who had recovered from COVID-19, dies of cardiac arrest in Jaipur private hospital,” PTI reported citing an official of the SMS Hospital in Jaipur.

While according to the hospital authorities, the patient had recovered from the pandemic, it is yet not clear if he died due to COVID-19 related complications. 

So far, India has reported four deaths with a total of 206 cases, as per the latest figures released by ICMR. The figure includes four deaths reported from Delhi, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Punjab so far. All the deaths reported have been in the 60 years and above category, so far. 

Sixteen Italian tourists were among the first coronavirus positive cases in India. While an elderly Italian couple among them were being treated at a hospital in Jaipur, the rest of the 14 were shifted to Medanta Hospital in Delhi. Their Indian guide was being treated at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi. 

The couple was reportedly on the path of recovery after being administered a combination of two anti-HIV drugs—lopinavir and ritonavir. Following the positive result, the health ministry recommended use of the drug combo to treat patients above 60 years of age, on a case-to-case basis. 

Globally, the coronavirus disease has proved fatal for more than 10,000 while more than 2,34,000 have been infected.

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