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Coronavirus cases in India reach 649, 13 deaths reported

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The Ministry of Health has informed that the total number of coronavirus positive cases in the country has increased to 649 till 10.15 am on Thursday. The figure was 562 till 9.15 am on Wednesday 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 over 128 confirmed cases of the virus. The southern state of Kerala has reported 118 cases of the virus so far. Maharashtra has also reported three deaths due to the virus.

Karnataka and Telangana have reported 41 cases each so far followed by Gujarat with 39 cases and Rajasthan with 38 cases. Uttar Pradesh has recorded 37 cases. Delhi has reported 35 cases, Punjab 33 cases, Haryana 30 cases, Tamil Nadu 26 cases, Madhya Pradesh 16 cases, Ladakh 13 cases, and Andhra Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir have reported 11 cases each. Meanwhile, the first case of the virus from the northeast has been reported from Manipur, whereas Goa, which was so far not in the list of affected states, has also reported three cases. 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 two deaths due to the virus—a 67-year-old woman succumbed to the virus in Surat and an 85-year-old woman died in Ahmedabad.

As far as death are concerned, apart from the three deaths in Maharashtra and two deaths in Gujarat, death due to coronavirus has been also reported from Bihar, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal. All these states have reported one death each taking the total death toll to 13.

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 after PM Modi announced the lockdown. Meanwhile, the Health Ministry informed that 15.24 lakh passengers had been screened at the airports till Tuesday, post which flight services were completely suspended in the country.