Number of coronavirus cases 649 in India, death toll 13: Health Ministry

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New Delhi: A man uses a handkerchief to cover his face in the wake of novel coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak at RML Hospital in New Delhi, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. India on Monday reported two new cases of the virus, including one from the national capital. The virus has so far killed more than 3,000 people globally. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: A man uses a handkerchief to cover his face in the wake of novel coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak at RML Hospital in New Delhi, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. India on Monday reported two new cases of the virus, including one from the national capital. The virus has so far killed more than 3,000 people globally. (PTI Photo)

The number of coronavirus cases climbed to 649 in India on Thursday and the death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 13, with one death reported each from Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh, according to the Health Ministry.

Goa featured for the first time in the chart prepared by the ministry, reporting 33 coronavirus cases.

In its updated figures at 10.15 am, the ministry stated that 13 COVID-19 deaths were reported so far in the country. Maharashtra reported three deaths, Gujarat two, while Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Karnataka, Punjab, Delhi, West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh reported one death each.

According to the data, the number of active COVID-19 cases in the country stood at 593, while 42 people were either cured or discharged and one had migrated.

The total number of 649 cases included 47 foreign nationals, the ministry said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a complete nationwide lockdown for 21 days from Tuesday midnight, asserting in an emotional appeal “with folded hands” that unless India’s 130 crore people practice social distancing, the country will lose the war against coronavirus outbreak and slide back 21 years.

(PTI)