A doctor in protective suite waits for patients in a special tent for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases near a hospital in Lublin, Poland. (Courtesy: Reuters photo)

Coronavirus India News: Total number of COVID19 positive cases reached  606 in India, including 553 active cases, 42 cured/discharged people and 10 deaths, on Wednesday,  the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. The death toll has reached 12. Interacting with people of his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi on Wednesday via video conferencing over issues concerning Coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated that social distancing, to be at home is only way out and best option to deal with coronavirus. PM Modi said that the “disease doesn’t discriminate between rich and poor. “In this hour of crisis, Kashi can lead the people, can teach the country patience, compassion and peace: PM Narendra Modi. Mahabharata war was won in 18 days, war against coronavirus will take 21 days,” PM Modi said in his address amid a nationwide 21-day lockdown.

India has been placed under “complete lockdown” for the next 21 days to tackle coronavirus even as the COVID-19 positive cases continue to surge. While the central and state governments are taking a slew of measures to ensure the availability of essential commodities in the market, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked people not to panic and stay at home. In an important development, the second death from Delhi has turned out to be COVID-19 negative, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday morning. The maximum number of coronavirus positive cases have been reported from Kerala and Maharashtra.

Union Ministry of Home Affairs has directed all state governments and Union Territories to set up a 24*7 control rooms or offices and start helplines at state or district level to address any grievances or problems faced by providers of goods services this coronavirus lockdown.

As per the data provided, the death toll due to COVID-19 was revised down to nine on Wednesday. It stated that the second death that was reported from Delhi was COVID-19 negative, thus bringing the death toll in the country down to nine.

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