COVID-19 cases rises to 979 in India, death toll at 25

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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 979, including 48 foreigners.


According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare report, there are 867 active cases of the disease as of Sunday, out of the total confirmed cases, while 87 persons have also been cured and discharged or migrated.

Meanwhile, the number of deaths due to the infection rose to 25. 

While Maharashtra with 186 cases has the most number of COVID-19 patients, Kerala comes second in the list with 182 confirmed cases. 

Maharashtra also recorded six deaths due to the disease, while kerala recorded one death.

The Central government has taken many stringent measures to prevent the further spread of the disease.

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 160 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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