Covid 19: India reports seventh death due to coronavirus, 69-year-old passes away in Surat
New Delhi : For the first time India has reported three deaths in a day, taking the total toll of deaths due to Covid 19 to seven.
A 69-year-old coronavirus-positive man lost his life in Surat. He was having co-morbid condition. "One #COVID19 positive patient, Male 69 yrs, died today in Surat hospital. He was having Co-morbid conditions," Guajrat's Ministry of Health tweeted.
The Health Ministry also reported five new cases in the state, taking the total number of positive cases to 18.
The Indian government, on the other hand, has announced a complete lockdown of 75 coronavirus affected districts till March 31. The essential services will remain exempted.
"In view of the need to contain the spread of COVID 19, it was agreed that there is urgent need to extend the restrictions on the movement of non-essential passenger transport including inter-state transport buses till 31st March 2020," read the statement.
"Following detailed discussions, the State Governments were advised to issue appropriate orders to allow only essential services to operate in the 75 districts which have reported confirmed cases or casualties relating to COVID 19. The State Governments may expand the list depending on their assessment of the situation. It was noted that several State Governments have already issued orders in this regard," it said.