Delhi Reports India's Second COVID-19 Death
Another person died from the coronavirus in India on Friday. A 68-year-old woman succumbed to the viral disease in Delhi’s RML Hospital. She was also a patient of diabetes and high blood pressure. The deceased woman’s son had been on a visit to Italy and Switzerland between February 5 and 22 and had returned to India on February 23. This is the first fatality from the coronavirus in Delhi and the second in the country. Amid this, the number of patients in the country has now increased to 82, out of which 10 patients have recovered. In view of the growing risk of spread of the coronavirus in the country, schools, colleges, swimming pools, libraries and cinema halls in several states, including Delhi, have been shut completely. Delhi and Haryana have declared the coronavirus an epidemic and Odisha has called it a disaster. On Friday, the government of India included sanitisers and masks in the list of essential items, in a bid to prevent their black marketing. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed to SAARC nations to come together to deal with the coronavirus. Given the coronavirus, while rail and bus services between India and Bangladesh have been suspended for a month, the United States has cancelled all visa application appointments in India from March 16. The coronavirus has also dealt a blow to the IPL, which has been postponed for two weeks. The IPL will now begin on April 15, instead of March 29. The two remaining ODI matches against South Africa have also been cancelled. Meanwhile, over 5,400 people have died from the coronavirus across the world so far. In Italy, 250 people succumbed to this disease on Friday. In light of the growing hazard, President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency in the U.S. The Spanish football club Barcelona has decided to retire from all tournaments and practice sessions on account of the coronavirus and the London marathon has been postponed till October 2020.
A second patient infected with #coronavirus has died in the country as the number of cases at 82. Several states have closed schools, colleges and cinema halls with the central government putting face masks and hand sanitisers under the Essential Commodities Act. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/bYc7c2ksMW— GoNewsIndia (@GoNews_India) March 14, 2020