India on high alert, first coronavirus death in Karnataka
By migrator | Fri, 13 Mar 2020
NATIONAL | MARCH 13, 2020:
With Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging Indians not to panic, but stay vigilant to keep the coronavirus at bay, Thursday saw India withdrawing into a shell and fortifying its walls against the virus. It also witnessed first coronavirus death in Karnataka.
A 76-year-old man, who had returned to Karnataka from Saudi Arabia about 10 days ago and died in a Hyderabad hospital on Tuesday, has become India's first coronavirus fatality as his test proved positive for the disease.
The Prime Minister also tweeted that no Minister would travel aboard in the coming days. Soon after the Prime Minister's tweet, the Delhi government declared coronavirus an epidemic and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced closure till March 31 of all cinema halls and education institutions, where no examination is underway, in the national capital.
After a meeting Delhi Lt-Governor Anil Baijal, Kejriwal said there were sufficient number of beds for quarantine facilities. "Unoccupied flats of the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) and under-construction hospitals will be readied for the purpose," he said.