A 69-year-old doctor in Meghalaya has died after testing positive for coronavirus. He was the first COVID-19 patient in the state. Six family members of the doctor, who were in contact with him, have also tested positive for the novel virus.
The doctor at Shillong's Bethany Hospital had no travel history, sources had said earlier, adding that he might have contracted the virus through a "silent carrier". The state government launched a massive search for the spreader, and has announced a two-day curfew in the capital city.
More than 2,000 people have been identified who were in contact with the doctor, said Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma.
The government has asked all the people who have visited the hospital on or before March 22 to come forward. It has also asked people to wear masks to prevent the spread of the virus.
The coronavirus death came two days after Nagaland reported its first case. Now among the northeast states, only Sikkim remains coronavirus-free.
"My heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones. May his soul rest in peace," the Chief Minister said on Twitter.
I am deeply saddened to inform that the first #COVID19 positive patient in Meghalaya passed away this morning at 2:45 am. My heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones. May his soul rest in peace.— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) April 15, 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended till May 3 the current lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus in India and said the restrictions could be reviewed for the least affected parts of the country on April 20.
India had 10,363 COVID-19 cases till Tuesday and there have been 339 deaths, according to the latest Health Ministry data.