Coronavirus in Delhi

Two persons who were being treated at hospitals in the national capital have been discharged, authorities announced on Sunday.

As many as seven cases have been detected in Delhi including a 68-year-old woman who died on Friday.

Of these, two persons who had earlier tested positive for COVID-19 and were admitted to hospitals have been discharged following treatment, the Delhi Health Department said in a statement.

One of the two patients who were released on Sunday was quoted by NDTV as saying, “I returned from Europe on February 25 and I had a fever the next day. I went to a doctor who told me it was a throat infection. He gave me medicine for three days. I recovered on 28th but I again had a fever on 29th so I went to the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital. On March 1st I tested positive.”

“Honestly, it was difficult only till the time they had not told me I was positive. But when a team of doctors came to see me at Safdarjung the next day where I had been shifted, they made me so comfortable saying ‘it is curable, you are a healthy person and it is just cold and cough and it would just go. It just takes a little more time than the usual cold and cough’,” he said.

Coronavirus outbreak first reported in China’s Wuhan city in December last has sparked panic and fear in more than 80 countries including India across the globe. The novel virus has caused the death of more than 4,000 people and infected 1,00, 000 people worldwide.

In India, a total of 107 cases have come to light with Maharashtra reporting the highest number of cases followed by Kerala.

The first death was recorded on Thursday from Karnataka followed by another from Delhi on Friday.

On Saturday, the Government declared Covid-19 as a “notified disaster”. It also announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 4 lakh to the families of those who die of coronavirus.

The cumulative number of passengers from affected countries who are under observation till date stands at 220 — 110 each at RML Hospital and Safdarjung Hospital.

Four patients from Delhi and six from outside Delhi who have tested positive are admitted to Safdarjung Hospital as on March 15, the statement said.

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