NEW DELHI :
A 68-year-old woman in West Delhi became the second person in India to succumb to the novel coronavirus infection, or Covid-19, six days after she was admitted at the city’s Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital for showing symptoms of the disease.
“Death of a 68 year old female from West Delhi (mother of a confirmed case of COVID 19), is confirmed to be caused due to co-morbidity (diabetes and hypertension). She has also tested positive for COVID-19," the health ministry said in an update.
The woman contacted the disease after she came in contact with her son who had a travel history to Switzerland and Italy between 5th and 22nd February.
Her condition worsened on Monday when she developed pneumonia and was having respiratory fluctuations, after which she was shifted to intensive care unit under ventilator support. Her sample also tested positive for the disease.
“All the precautionary measures as per protocol including screening, quarantine of the contacts is already taken up by the Ministry of Health, Government of Delhi and status is being monitored," the health ministry said.
In a media bulletin for her son’s case, the Delhi government had said that they have put 9 family members and 50 nearby houses under surveillance.
Since the outbreak started, there have been 84 confirmed cases, with the 69-year-old woman becoming the second deceased.