A 76-year old man from Karnataka who died on Tuesday had tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19), the state government said on Thursday. This is the first death in the country related to COVID-19.
Five other COVID-19 patients are currently under observation in Karnataka. Their conditions are stabe, officials aid. The total number of positive cases of Coronavirus in the country is currently 75.
In Kolkata, an Italian couple was admitted to the Beliaghata Infectious Diseases (ID) hospital with symptoms of COVID-19. This has raised concerns among the state health officials as 15 of the 75 COVID-19 cases in India are Italian patients. Their swab samples have been sent for testing. Their travel route is being tracked for identifying people they came in contact with.
Also, two foreign nationals from Malaysia and Australia are under observation in a hospital run by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in Nadia.
Several schools in Kolkata have designated separate rooms for students who show symptoms of cough, cold or breathlessness for appearing in class-12 board exams. The students will be monitored by medical officers. The examinees are also allowed to wear masks and hand sanitisers have been kept outside each classroom. Some of the schools are conducting awareness sessions for parents.
Several shopping malls in Kolkata have started offering hand sanitisers to shoppers before they enter. Some have arranged for thermal screening at the entrance to ensure a safe environment inside the mall. In most of the malls, the contact points like door knobs and floors are being cleaned at regular intervals.