Coronavirus Pandemic: 17 deaths, more than 600 infected in India; Maharashtra and Gujarat worst hit with three deaths each


The number of deaths due to the coronavirus outbreak in India has risen to 17 with more than 600 people being infected by the virus. The latest death has been reported from Karnataka, where a 65-year old man who tested positive for coronavirus died in Tumakuru district. Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharashtra have now become three worst-hit Indian states with three deaths each. Earlier on Thursday, Jammu and Kashmir had recorded its first COVID-19 death after an Islamic preacher died on Thursday.

Islamic preacherAnnouncing the death of the Islamic preacher, Srinagar Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu had tweeted, “As we share the sad news of our first #Covid19 fatality, my heart goes out to the family of the deceased. We stand with you and share your grief. I also salute the brave doctors at CD Hospital for their efforts. Let’s do our bit and help #BreakTheChain and #StayHomeStaySafe.”

According to NDTV, the 65-year-old Islamic preacher the Hyderpora neighbourhood of Srinagar, had returned home on 16 March after travelling around the country including visiting mosques in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh’s Deoband.

The number of people infected by the virus has risen to 694, which an increase of 36 since yesterday. Karnataka recorded its second coronavirus death after the COVID-19 test results of a 75- year-old woman who had died on Wednesday came positive.

“I regret to inform that the COVID-19 test result has come out as positive for patient, who had succumbed to death yesterday. The govt stands committed to curb the spread of Corona Virus in the state. Please stay home, stay safe,” Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar tweeted on Thursday.

Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat have been the two worst-hit Indian states with three deaths. Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Punjab, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh have reported one death each.