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Coronavirus: India records 979 cases, death toll rises to 25

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 29 March 2020, 14:09 IST

India said on Sunday that 979 peopel have been infected with coronavirus and 25 people have lost their lives because of the diesease so far.

The Union Health Ministry confirmed that out of the 979 cases, 867 were active coronavirus cases. 86 people have recuperated or discharged. The number of cases on Saturday stood at 918, as per the health ministry.

Two deaths were reported from the state of Jammu and Kashmir and Gujarat on Sunday, which are yet to be confirmed by the government.

The state of Kerala reported its first coronavirus death on Saturday after a 69-year-old lost his life at Ernakulam Medical College Hospital. Kerala has reported 198 coronavirus patient, which include active cases, people who have recovered and a death.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had put out a special contributory fund, in the thick of looming fears of the whole nation entering the third stage of community transmission.

The Centre has urged state government and Union Territory officials to use Rs 29,000 crore worth of State Disaster Response Fund for supplying food and shelter to migrant workers hit by the lockdown.

Luv Agarwal, who is a joint secretary in the health ministry, stated on Saturday that the Centre is working with states on health infrastructure preparedness and the emphasis is on setting up dedicated coronavirus hospitals and blocks in every state and arrangement are being made to bolster required logistics.

According to officials, 111 government laboratories are currently functional across the country and with more from private sector being enlisted.

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First published: 29 March 2020, 14:09 IST