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Coronavirus cases rises to 649 in India, 13 dead

Prime News, Nation, (New Delhi), March 26:-The total number of people who have been confirmed positive for COVID-19 in India has risen to 649 in India, including 593 active cases and 42 people who have been cured or discharged from hospitals, according to the recent update by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Thursday morning.

The death toll due to the novel coronavirus in the country has reached 13, the official data reported. There have been 3 more deaths due to COVID-19 reported in the country since last evening. At least 60 daily cases have been reported in the past five days.

The contagion has now spread to Goa (three cases reported) and northeast India, where Manipur and Mizoram confirmed one case each.

Twenty states and UTs on Wednesday reported 94 fresh infections — the second highest for a single day after 99 cases on Monday.

The three positive cases in Goa are all male, aged 25, 29 and 55, respectively. All three have recently returned to Goa from Spain, Australia and the US.

With 15 new cases, Maharashtra again overtook Kerala as the worst coronavirus-hit state.

An 85-year-old woman in Gujarat died yesterday while with the passing away of a 65-year-old woman, Madhya Pradesh reported its first COVID-19 death. Tamil Nadu also reported its first death in the state yesterday due to the deadly infection.

According to report from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) India had tested 24,254 people as of 8 pm on March 25.

The country is now in its second day of a 21-day lockdown that was announced by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday to deal with the spread of coronavirus, saying that “social distancing” is the only option to deal with the disease, which spreads rapidly.

Those shops which are catering to essential services will continue doing so during the 21-day nationwide lockdown.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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