COVID-19 cases rises to 724 in India, death toll at 17

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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 724 on Friday.


According to the recent update by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), more than 85 cases were reported from the various parts of the country on Thursday. Out of the total patients, 677 are Indians and 47 are foreign nationals.

As per the official data, the death toll due to the novel coronavirus in the country has reached 17.

Deaths have been reported from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Karnataka, Punjab, Delhi, West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh.

According to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, at present, there are 640 active coronavirus patients in the country. A total 67 patients have been cured or discharged so far, 

Currently Kerala has now highest coronavirus cases in India. The total number of COVID-19 patients in Kerala has surged to 137 on Thursday. Maharashtra comes second with 130 active cases reported so far.

Starting from Tuesday midnight, India is under 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. 

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.

Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 130 countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic. 

Only the essential services like grocery shops, medical outlets remain functional during the lockdown.


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