A doctor checks a man at a tent in a relief camp amid the Coronavirus outbreak. Photo: Amarjeet Kumar Singh/SOPA Images via ZUMA Wire/dpa via Bernama

NEW DELHI: A 68-year-old woman who was tested positive of coronavirus has died in the capital New Delhi, the second death in India which is linked to a global pandemic, officials said.

“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,” said an official release on Friday night.

Anadolu Agency quoted the authorities as saying that the patient had a history of contact with a positive case.

“She was a known case of diabetes and hypertension. Her sample was collected on March 8th, however, due to comorbid conditions, she died on March 13, at RML Hospital, Delhi as confirmed by the treating Physician and Medical Superintendent,” the release said.

The Indian Health Ministry has put the number of positive Covid-19 cases in the country at 82 as of Friday night, with 17 being foreign nationals.  

India reported it first death due to the novel coronavirus on Thursday. In a series of tweets earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged citizens to take precautions and not panic as the number of cases continues to rise. – Bernama