In a statement issued on Friday the government confirmed the death of a 68 year old women due to coronavirus in Delhi. Its the second death in the country linked to COVID-19 .
In the statement, Govt said, “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.”
“She had history of contact with a positive case (her son who had travel history to Switzerland and Italy between 5th to 22rd February, 2020). The son had returned back to India on 23.02.2020. He initially was asymptomatic, but developed fever and cough after 1 day and reported to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital on 7th March, 2020. As per protocol, the family was screened and since he and his mother had fever and cough, both were admitted.
She was a known case of diabetes and hypertension. Her sample was collected on 8th March, 2020. Her condition worsened on 9th March, 2020 with development of pneumonia and she was shifted to intensive care unit. Her sample also tested positive for COVID19. Since 9th March 2020 she was having respiratory fluctuations and was provided ventilator support. However, due to comorbid conditions, she died on 13th march, 2020 at RML Hospital, Delhi as confirmed by the treating Physician and Medical Superintendent,” statement added.
“All the precautionary measures as per protocol including screening, quarantine of the contacts is already taken up by the Ministry of Health , Government of Delhi and status is being monitored,” the statement further said.
On Thursday, a 76-year-old man who died in Karnataka’s Kalaburagi district on Tuesday has tested positive for coronavirus, it was the first death in the country linked to coronavirus.
The man had returned to India on February 29 after a month-long stay in Saudi Arabia, sources said.