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The total number of COVID-19 cases in India climbed up to 15,712, and the death toll rose to 507, the Union Health Ministry said in a press briefing today. The country reported 1,334 fresh coronavirus cases and 27 deaths in the last 24 hours.

Lav Agarwal, Health Ministry’s Joint Secretary, said that over 54 districts in 23 states did not report any coronavirus cases in the last 14 days. Moreover, Puducherry’s Mahe and Karnataka’s Kodagu did not report any COVID-19 cases in the last 28 days.

Meanwhile, India’s recovery rate stands at 14.91%, with over 2,231 people cured of the novel coronavirus.

Lav Agarwal also said, “There are 755 dedicated hospitals and 1,389 dedicated health care centers in the country, this takes the total dedicated facilities – where severe or critical patients can be treated to 2,144.”

The Health Ministry also mentioned that the containment zones pan India will face stricter lockdown measures, and the non-containment zones will be provided with some relief post April 20.

PM Narendra Modi took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the coronavirus crisis in India. The Prime Minister wrote, “COVID-19 does not see race, religion, color, caste, creed, language or borders before striking. Our response and conduct thereafter should attach primacy to unity and brotherhood. We are in this together.”

According to the data released by the Health Ministry at 5 PM, Maharashtra is the worst affected state with over 3,650 cases, followed by Delhi with 1,890 cases.

Meanwhile, the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha Secretariat will officially resume work from Monday.


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