COVID-19 cases rises to 649 in India, 13 dead

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NEW DELHI: As India continues to reel under the threat of COVID-19 pandemic, the total number of coronavirus patients in the country has surged to 649 on Thursday.

 

According to the recent update by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Thursday morning, the total number of cases includes 593 active cases and 42 people, who have been cured or discharged from hospitals.

As per the official data, the death toll due to the novel coronavirus in the country has reached 13.

There have been 3 more deaths due to COVID-19 reported in the country since last evening.

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.

In a televised address to the nation on Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi said that it is vital to break the chain of the disease and experts have said that at least 21 days are needed for it. Social distancing is the only option to deal with the disease.

The Prime Minister said the lockdown has drawn a "Lakshman Rekha" in every home and people should stay indoors for their own protection and for that of their families.

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

 

With inputs from Agency

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