March 12, 2020 / 5:16 PM / in 19 days

India reports first death from coronavirus

FILE PHOTO: A health desk is set up to screen travelers for signs of the coronavirus at Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport in Agartala, India, January 31, 2020. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey/File Photo

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A 76-year-old man became the first person in India to die from coronavirus, a state health minister said on Thursday.

B Sriramulu, the health minister of Karnataka state, said in a tweet that authorities were currently carrying out contact tracing, isolation and other measures related to the case.

Reporting by Alasdair Pal; Editing by Mark Heinrich

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