An exclusive statement by Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa to NDTV and a tweet by Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare affirms the claim.
In a tweet, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has reported that 76-year-old male from Karnataka was dead on 10 March 2020 because of pre-existing diseases and tested positive for COVID-19. The ministry has also cited the press release which proves that precautionary measures such as contact tracing and screening were initiated by the government of Karnataka.
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