Maharashtra, the Indian state worst-hit by the global pandemic, witnessed its first coronavirus casualty on Tuesday while its tally of confirmed cases soared to 39.
First coronavirus death reported in Maharashtra
The state witnessed its first coronavirus casualty after a 64-year-old man admitted at Mumbai’s Kasturba Hospital succumbed to the deadly virus earlier today.
According to BMC officials, the 64-year-old man had returned from Dubai on March 8. The Ghatkopar-resident had earlier been admitted to Hinduja Hospital and later shifted to the isolation ward of Kasturba Hospital after testing positive for COVID-19.
His wife and son have also tested positive for the virus.
This is the first coronavirus-related death in Maharashtra and Mumbai. Apart from him, the novel coronavirus has claimed two other lives in India, including one in Karnataka and one in Delhi.
Across India, 128 people have tested positive for virus till now.
Maharashtra reports 39 confirmed coronavirus cases
The number of COVID-19 patients in Maharashtra rose to 39 on Monday after two people, including a Filipino, tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Yavatmal and Navi Mumbai.
With 39 confirmed cases, Maharashtra has the highest number of coronavirus patients among states in the country.
A 51-year-old woman, one of 40 people who had returned from Dubai, tested positive for the virus in Yavatmal. She is the mother of an IT professional who tested positive for the infection in Pune earlier.
“In the group of 40 that returned from Dubai, 15 have so far tested positive, 22 have tested negative, and three, from Belgaum in Karnataka, who are not infected, have been placed under home observation,” a state government release said.
The other person who tested positive on Monday is a citizen of the Philippines currently residing in Navi Mumbai, it said.
The release said, so far, seven of 10 persons who returned from the Philippines have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, while the others have not been infected.
Of the 39 coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, nine are from Pimpri-Chinchwad. Other areas include Pune (7), Mumbai (6), Nagpur (4), Kalyan (3), Yavatmal (3), Navi Mumbai (3), Thane (1), Raigad (1), Ahmednagar (1), and Aurangabad (1).
As on Monday, 31 persons are in quarantine in the state for suspected exposure to the virus.
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As on 16-March, 5:30pm
*️⃣2.46 Lakh Travellers screened at Airport
*️⃣Till Date at Kasturba
⬛ 498 | # Admitted
? 452 | # Negative
? 14 | # Positive
(6: Mumbai + 8: Outside)
— माझी Mumbai, आपली BMC (@mybmc) March 16, 2020