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Coronavirus cases in India reach 562, 9 deaths reported

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The Ministry of Health on Tuesday informed that the total number of coronavirus positive cases in the country has increased to 562 till 9.15 am on Wednesday. The figure was 519 at 5.45 pm on Tuesday and it is expected to rise rapidly as fresh cases of the deadly virus are being reported from across the country.

A major cause of concern for the Centre and the state governments is the fact that several cases of local transmissions are being reported, which means that the virus has already entered the native population and is no longer confined to passengers coming from abroad.

As per the state-wise breakup provided by the Health Ministry, Kerala is the worst affected state with 109 confirmed cases of the virus. The southern state is followed by Maharashtra that has reported 101 cases of the virus so far. Maharashtra has also reported two deaths due to the virus.

Karnataka has reported 41 cases so far followed by Telangana and Uttar Pradesh with 35 cases each. Gujarat has reported 33 cases and Rajasthan has reported 32 cases. Delhi has reported 31 cases, Punjab 29 cases, Haryana 28 cases, Tamil Nadu 18 cases, and Ladakh 13 cases. Meanwhile, the first case of the virus from the northeast has been reported from Manipur. All other states and union territories have reported confirmed coronavirus cases in single digit.

Notably, like Maharashtra, fresh cases of coronavirus are pouring in in the neighbouring state Gujarat, with several of them being cases of local transmissions—a major cause of concern for the state administration. This apart, Gujarat has also reported one death due to the virus after a 67-year-old woman succumbed to the virus in Surat.

As far as deaths are concerned, apart from the two deaths in Maharashtra and one death in Gujarat, death due to coronavirus has been also reported from Bihar, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Punjab, and West Bengal. All these states have reported one death each taking the total death toll to 9.

Meanwhile, the entire country has been put under lockdown by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for 21 days starting Wednesday. During this period, there will be a complete ban on the movement of people outside their homes and no public or private transportation will be available. The government, however, has assured that emergency services such as milk, grocery, vegetables, fruits, medical stores, hospitals, ambulance services, and clinics will continue to function.

Despite the assurance, people were seen indulging in panic buying on Tuesday night after PM Modi announced the lockdown.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry informed that 15.24 lakh passengers had been screened at the airports till Tuesday.