File photo: OPD patients and staff members wear safety masks as a precaution after the outbreak of coronavirus. Image Credit: ANI

Dubai: A 76-year-old man from Karnataka's Kalaburagi became the first victim of the deadly pandemic in India. He has been confirmed positive for COVID-19, state Health Minister B. Sriramulu late on Thursday night.

The deceased returned to Kalaburgi on February 29 from the Middle East and passed away on Wednesday. He went to a private hospital in Kalburgi district on March 5 and was admitted there following respiratory issues and hypertension.

On March 8, he was shifted to a hospital in Hyderabad in the nearby state of Telangana, reports add. His family reportedly checked him out of the hospital the same day and his death occurred late at night.

Dr. Srinivas, Director Public Health, Telangana said they have identified the hospitals and contact tracking is on by state health authorities.

On Thursday, the number of people infected with coronavirus in India rose to 73, with fresh cases reported from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Ladakh.

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Out of the 73 confirmed cases in the country, Kerala has the maximum number of positive cases with 17. 17 foreign nationals were also found be infected with the deadly virus in India.