Coronavirus cases in India rise to 650 as country enters day 2 of lockdown
New Delhi/IBNS: The total Novel Coronavirus cases in India increased to 650 as the South Asian country entered into the second day of three-week long lockdown imposed by the central government on Thursday.
As per the government data, 649 people including 13 deceased and 42 cured have been infected with the deadly virus but IBNS has reported that one more patient in the state of West Bengal has been infected.
The total number of infected people in West Bengal is now 10 including one deceased.
A 66-year-old man from Kolkata's Nayabad area has tested positive for Covid-19, taking the tally in West Bengal to 10, reports said on Wednesday midnight. Presently, eight Covid-19 infected patients are undergoing treatment at Beliaghata ID hospital.
According to reports, swab sample of the man, who has been undergoing treatment in a hospital near Kolkata's EM Bypass since Mar 23, was sent to NICED and it was found positive for novel coronavirus.
Sources in the health ministry said that the man did not have any travel history to foreign countries.
Presently, eight Covid-19 infected patients are undergoing treatment at Beliaghata ID hospital.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his national address on Tuesday (March 24) announced a 21-day lockdown warning all against venturing out and inviting the virus to home.
The lockdown has started at midnight on Mar 24 and will be effective till Apr 14 midnight.
During his address, the Prime Minister had said, "During these 21 days, forget about venturing out. You all have to stay at home no matter what happens in your lives. This is the only one way we can save our people, country and ourselves."
"If you venture out during these 21 days, the country might have to pay a huge price for it," he told the nation.
My fellow citizens,— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 24, 2020
THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO NEED TO PANIC.
Essential commodities, medicines etc. would be available. Centre and various state governments will work in close coordination to ensure this.
Together, we will fight COVID-19 and create a healthier India.
However, Modi said all essential services including pharmacies, banks, ATMs will function urging people not to "panic."
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