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First coronavirus death reported in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh reported its first death on Wednesday due to the deadly novel coronavirus (Covid-19), an official said, while an unconfirmed report claimed one more death in the state due to ... #FirstcoronavirusdeathinMP

Samuel Mathai

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh reported its first death on Wednesday due to the deadly novel coronavirus (Covid-19), an official said, while an unconfirmed report claimed one more death in the state due to the Covid-19.

A 65-year-old woman succumbed to the viral infection in Indore's government-run MY Hospital where she was undergoing treatment, Divisional Commissioner Akash Tripathi said. She was admitted to the Indore hospital after getting initial treatment at Ujjain, her hometown, the official said. The woman's death takes the toll in India to 12.

Meanwhile, the unconfirmed report claimed that one person died of Covid-19 in Gwalior district of the state.

According to official sources, with five more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Indore district, the total number of corona positive people in Madhya Pradesh reached to 15. Out of the five, four patients belong to Indore. The fifth patient, a woman from Ujjain has also been admitted in Indore.

Two out of the five patients had recently visited Hrishikesh in Uttarakhand for a vacation. Addressing the media, Indore Collector Lokesh Kumar Jatav said that out of the total 21 samples forwarded to the virology lab at MGM College, Indore, five tested positive on late Tuesday night. "We are now trying to ascertain how many people came into contact with these patients," said Jatav.

He said the five cases were the first ever novel coronavirus cases reported in Indore. However, the administration has not revealed the travel history of others who tested positive. A few locals had come out on streets during the 'Janata Curfew' on Sunday and action is being initiated against these people.

Earlier, six positive cases were reported from Jabalpur and one each in Bhopal, Gwalior and Shivpuri. Till now, over 12,500 travellers have been screened at various airports of Madhya Pradesh.

To take stock of the situation, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan held a video conference with the chief secretary and other senior officers along with collectors, SPs, civil surgeons and CMHOs of the districts on Wednesday at 4 pm. In the meeting the chief minister gave directives to the officials to take appropriate steps, including setting up of isolation wards at district level to deal with the killer virus.

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