Bengaluru, March 12, 2020: India has registered first confirmed case of death due to novel coronavirus. A 76-year-old Muhammed Hussain Siddiqui from Karnataka’s Kalaburgi who passed away on March 11 has been tested positive for Covid-19.
The doctors had suspected that the man had coronavirus, however, the test had not confirmed it.
In an official notification, a senior health official in Karnataka government Dr Suresh Shastri said that the lab test has confirmed that the deceased man had Covid-19.
"The 76-year-old man from Kalburgi who passed away and was a suspected COVID 19 patient has been confirmed for COVID 19. The necessary contact tracing, isolation and other measures as per protocol are being carried out. Telangana government has also been informed since he went to a private hospital there," Dr Suresh Shastri said.
The same information was also shared by Karnataka health minister B Sriramulu.
Apart from the deceased, Karnataka has confirmed five other positive cases of the novel coronavirus. The fifth case, confirmed on Thursday is of a 26-year-old man who recently returned from Greece.
The patient has been admitted and isolated at a hospital and his condition is stable, a department media bulletin said.
The day also saw the education department declaring summer holidays for students from kindergarten to class six and study leave for higher classes in the city as a precautionary measure.