A doctor, who had tested positive for Coronavirus earlier this week, has succumbed to the illness in Indore.
Dr Shatrughan Panjwani, 62, a general physician, had tested positive for Covid-19 four days ago in Indore. This is the first case in India where a doctor has died of the virus. However, he was not treating Coronavirus-infected patients, his colleague said.
He died in Sri Aurobindo Hospital, where he was admitted after being diagnosed to have COVID-19. He is survived by his wife and three sons, all of whom are in Australia.
His colleague, Dr D. Natwar, said Panjwani's patients included mostly from the slum colony.
Panjwani was not treating Covid-19-infected patients. Most of his patients came from lower- income groups, one of his relatives said.
He said the deceased doctor had waived his fee if the patient couldn't afford it.
Indore has so far recorded as many as 173 COVID-19 cases and 16 deaths resulting from the contagion.
A total of 22 people have died so far in Indore due to Coronavirus.
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh has ordered to seal hotspots of coronavirus outbreak -- Indore, Bhopal and Ujjain -- to check spread of infection from and to these towns.
The total number of coronavirus cases in India jumped to 5,734, including 5,095 active cases, 473 cured and 166 deaths, as per Heath Ministry data at 8 am on April 9.