BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: On Friday, another coronavirus death was reported in India when a 69-year-old Italian tourist, who had recovered from the coronavirus infection suffered a massive heart attack died at a private hospital in Jaipur. However, according to the Indian governmentm his death is not being attributed to the virus.
The government has clarified that the Italian man had earlier tested positive for coronavirus and died due to cardiac arrest. He later tested negative and can’t be included in the list of COVID-19 deaths in India.
“He was around 70…had co-morbid conditions and was a chain-smoker. He died while being treated for other conditions,” a government official said.
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Till Friday, India has reported four deaths linked to coronavirus outbreak. A 70-year-old man, who had travelled to Germany, died in Punjab on Thursday. The other deaths were reported in Delhi, Karnataka and Maharashtra. All four of them were above 60.
According to the official Home Ministry data, currently has 196 active cases across the country and 22 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday night called for social distancing, urging people to avoid stepping out of their homes “unless absolutely necessary”. He also appealed the citizens to observe a ‘Janta Curfew’ on March 22 as a test run for social distancing over the next few days.