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Coronavirus cases in India touch 909, death toll reaches 21

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The Ministry of Health has informed that the total number of coronavirus positive cases in the country has increased to 909 till 5.45 pm on Saturday.  The figure was 873 till 9.30 am on Saturday and 724 till 9.30 am on Friday. It is expected to rise rapidly as fresh cases of the deadly virus, especially cases of local transmission, are being reported from across the country.

The death toll due to the virus that had increased from 13 on Thursday to 17 on Friday has now touched 20 as more deaths were reported from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra, whereas Kerala registered its first death due to coronavirus on Saturday.

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 180 confirmed cases of the virus followed by the southern state of Kerala that has reported 176 cases. Maharashtra has also reported five deaths due to the virus so far.

Karnataka has reported 55 cases of the virus followed by Telangana with 56 cases and Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh with 54 cases each. Gujarat is closely following Rajasthan with 53 cases. Tamil Nadu has reported 40 cases followed by Delhi with 39 cases, Punjab 38 cases, Haryana 33 cases, and Madhya Pradesh 30 cases. Jammu and Kashmir reported 20 cases, West Bengal has 15 cases, Andhra Pradesh has reported 14 cases and Ladakh reported 13 cases.

All other states and union territories have reported confirmed coronavirus cases in single digits.

S. No. Name of State / UT Total Confirmed cases (Indian National) Total Confirmed cases ( Foreign National ) Cured/
Discharged/Migrated
Death
1 Andhra Pradesh 14 0 1 0
2 Andaman and Nicobar Islands 6 0 0 0
3 Bihar 9 0 0 1
4 Chandigarh 8 0 0 0
5 Chhattisgarh 6 0 0 0
6 Delhi 38 1 6 1
7 Goa 3 0 0 0
8 Gujarat 44 1 0 3
9 Haryana 19 14 12 0
10 Himachal Pradesh 3 0 0 1
11 Jammu and Kashmir 20 0 1 1
12 Karnataka 55 0 3 2
13 Kerala 168 8 11 0
14 Ladakh 13 0 3 0
15 Madhya Pradesh 30 0 0 2
16 Maharashtra 177 3 25 5
17 Manipur 1 0 0 0
18 Mizoram 1 0 0 0
19 Odisha 3 0 0 0
20 Puducherry 1 0 0 0
21 Punjab 38 0 1 1
22 Rajasthan 52 2 3 0
23 Tamil Nadu 34 6 2 1
24 Telengana 46 10 1 0
25 Uttarakhand 4 1 0 0
26 Uttar Pradesh 54 1 11 0
27 West Bengal 15 0 0 1
Total number of confirmed cases in India 862 47 80 19

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 four deaths due to the virus—a 67-year-old woman succumbed to the virus in Surat, an 85-year-old woman and a 46-year-old woman died in Ahmedabad, and a 70-year-old man died at Bhavnagar.

As far as deaths are concerned, apart from the five deaths in Maharashtra, three deaths in Gujarat, two deaths in Madhya Pradesh and two deaths in Karnataka, death due to coronavirus has been also reported from Bihar, Delhi, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal.

Meanwhile, the entire country has been put under lockdown by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for 21 days starting March 25. 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.