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Coronavirus cases in India reach 606, 10 deaths reported


The Ministry of Health has informed that the total number of coronavirus positive cases in the country has increased to 606 till 6.45 pm on Wednesday. The figure was 562 till 9.15 am 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, Maharashtra is the worst affected state with 128 confirmed cases of the virus. The southern state of Kerala has reported 109 cases of the virus so far. Maharashtra has also reported three deaths due to the virus.

Karnataka has reported 41 cases so far followed by Gujarat with 38 cases and Uttar Pradesh with 37 cases. Rajasthan has reported 36 cases followed by Telangana with 35 cases. Delhi has reported 31 cases, Punjab 29 cases, Haryana 28 cases, Tamil Nadu 18 cases, Madhya Pradesh 14 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 three 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.

Coronavirus cases in Gujarat reach 38