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Coronavirus update: Cases in India inch closer to 1,000, 25 dead, worldwide toll passes 30,000

Coronavirus update: Cases in India inch closer to 1,000, 25 dead, worldwide toll passes 30,000

More than 30,000 people have died worldwide in the coronavirus pandemic, two-thirds of them in Europe, according to an AFP tally on Saturday. In total, 30,003 lives have been lost with 21,334 of those in Europe where Italy has the highest number of fatalities with 10,023 deaths, followed by Spain with 5,690, the tally based on official information sources found.  According to data from State governments the number of deaths due to COVID-19 stands at 28 deaths, with 1,032 positive cases. Of this, as many as 918 cases are active ones.  A 40-year-old woman died in Maharashtra today,taking the death toll in the state due to the novel coronavirus to 7. Here we have a look at today's update.

-As the disease spreads, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the country via his Mann ki Baat radio address, apologising to the people for the 21-day lockdown to arrest the spread of coronavirus.

-India, the world's third largest energy consumer, has enough petrol, diesel and cooking gas (LPG) in stocks to last way beyond the three-week nationwide lockdown as all plants and supply locations are fully operational, Indian Oil Corp (IOC) Chairman Sanjiv Singh said.

-A 45-year-old coronavirus patient died in Ahmedabad on Sunday morning, taking the total number of deaths due to coronavirus in the Gujarat to five, reported quoting state's health department. Health department also informed that the man was also suffering from diabetes. With this, the number of deaths due to coronavirus in Ahmedabad has gone up to three. Earlier, one death each was reported from Bhavnagar and Surat. Till Saturday evening,the number of coronavirus cases in the state stood at 55.

- Five more corornavirus patients from twin cities of Pimpri-Chinchwad near Pune are set to be discharged from hospital today after they tested negative twice in latest tests. Read More...

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