After testing positive for Coronavirus, Prince and Rinku were hospitalised
A New York taxi driver has died after testing positive for Coronavirus. The man is originally from the Indian state of Punjab.
Prince moved to New York with his friend Rinku, a resident of Bagthala, Haryana, in 2013. Whilst there, he worked as a taxi driver.
However, both men contracted Coronavirus and on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Prince sadly passed away while his friend is undergoing treatment.
The Indian embassy has informed the district administration of the matter.
The administration went on to inform Prince’s family who is understandably in shock over his death.
Prince was unmarried. After testing positive for Coronavirus, Prince and Rinku were hospitalised, however, the taxi driver later died.
Rinku currently remains in hospital and is undergoing treatment.
Prince’s father, Mahendra Singh, has appealed to the Indian embassy to have Prince’s funeral take place in New York.
He went on to ask for efforts to be made in order to sufficiently treat Rinku.
Prince’s death comes as the United States officially had the most confirmed cases of Coronavirus than any other country, with more than 85,500 positive tests.
According to the latest figures collated by John Hopkins University, the US has overtaken China (81,782 cases) and Italy (80,589).
But with almost 1,300 COVID-19-related fatalities, the US death toll lags behind China (3,291) and Italy (8,215).
The grim milestone came as President Donald Trump predicted the nation would get back to work “pretty quickly”.
On the figures, President Trump said it was “a tribute to the amount of testing that we’re doing”.
Vice-President Mike Pence said Coronavirus tests were now available in all 50 states and more than 552,000 tests had been conducted nationwide.
While the number of Coronavirus cases has soared in the US, the nation continues to work on finding a vaccination.
On March 16, 2020, the first potential vaccine was tested on humans.
Scientists at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Research Institute in Seattle began the first-stage study of a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed in record time.
Study leader Dr Lisa Jackson said: “We’re team Coronavirus now.
“Everyone wants to do what they can in this emergency.”
An operations manager at a technology company was the first participant. Three others were next for the test that will ultimately give 45 volunteers two doses a month apart.
Jennifer Haller took part in the study. She said:
“We all feel so helpless. This is an amazing opportunity for me to do something.”
After the injection, she left the exam room with a big smile: “I’m feeling great.”
This is the beginning of a series of studies in people which is needed to prove whether the injections are safe and could work.
Dr Anthony Fauci, of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), said that even if the research goes well, a vaccine would not be available for widespread use for 12 to 18 months.
The potential vaccine, codenamed mRNA-1273, was developed by the NIH and Moderna Inc.
There is no chance that participants could get infected from the shots because they do not contain the Coronavirus.