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Coronavirus latest updates: Death toll in India rises to 25

NEW DELHI: With fresh deaths in six states, the death toll from COVID-19 climbed to 25 and the total number of cases to 979 on Sunday, according to the Union health ministry.
The ministry reported one death each from Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra and Telangana.

In its updated data at 10 am, the ministry said the number of active COVID-19 cases in the country is 867, while 86 people were either cured or discharged and one had migrated. The overall 979 cases in the country included 48 foreigners, it said.
The one spot of good news is that across the country, 94 Covid-19 patients – nearly 10% of the total cases reported so far— have recovered from the disease, data shows.

Here is a look at the latest updates on the outbreak of coronavirus in India and around the world —
Centre asks states to seal state, district borders
During a video conference with Chief Secretaries and DGPs, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba and Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla asked state governments and Union Territory administrations to ensure that there is no movement of people across cities or on highways as the lockdown continues. Only movement of goods has been allowed and District Magistrates and SPs have been tasked with implementation of the order. Centre also directed officials to make adequate food and shelter arrangements for migrant labourers at the place of their work as well as for poor and needy people.
Death toll rises to 7 in Maharashtra, total 193 infected
The coronavirus epidemic in Maharashtra is showing no signs of abating. According to the latest reports one more person has died of the virus in the state bringing the total number of deaths to seven. As of now 193 people have been infected by the virus.
Coronavirus outbreak: Complete coverage
German minister commits suicide after 'virus crisis worries'
Thomas Schaefer, the finance minister of Germany's Hesse state, has committed suicide apparently after becoming "deeply worried" over how to cope with the economic fallout from the coronavirus, state premier Volker Bouffier said Sunday. Schaefer, 54, was found dead near a railway track on Saturday. The Wiesbaden prosecution's office said they believe he died by suicide. Schaefer was Hesse's finance chief for 10 years and was well-respected.
SpiceJet pilot tests positive for Covid-19
SpiceJet said on Sunday that one of its pilots who did not fly any international flight in March has tested positive for the coronavirus. "The last domestic flight that he operated was on March 21 from Chennai to Delhi and since then he had quarantined himself at home.
275 Indians, evacuated from Iran, reach Jodhpur
A batch of 275 Indians evacuated from coronavirus-hit Iran arrived at the Jodhpur airport on Sunday morning. A preliminary screening of the passengers was conducted at the airport and thereafter, they were shifted to the Army Wellness Facility set up at the Jodhpur Military Station. Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Rohit Kumar Singh said of the 275 passengers, there were 133 women and 142 men, including two infants and four children.
US Covid-19 deaths double in 2 days, topping 2,000
Confirmed coronavirus-related deaths in the United States doubled in two days, surpassing 2,000 Saturday and highlighting how quickly the virus is spreading through the country. Johns Hopkins University reported that confirmed deaths rose to more than 30,000 around the world. The US ranked sixth in deaths, after Italy, Spain, China, Iran and France. Italy alone had more than 10,000 dead. There are more than 121,000 cases in the US. The United States is now the country with the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases. Italy and China are second and third, respectively.

‘War Zone’: Ambulances in New York Are Now As Busy as on September 11
Even as hospitals across New York become inundated with coronavirus cases, some patients are being left behind in their homes because the health care system cannot handle them all. Because of the volume, emergency medical workers are making life-or-death decisions about who is sick enough to take to crowded emergency rooms and who appears well enough to leave behind.
CBSE contributes Rs 21 lakh to PM relief fund
CBSE has decided to contribute Rs 21,00,000 from all employees who have voluntarily come forward to donate their salaries. Accordingly, Group 'A' employees have donated two-day salary and Group 'B' and 'C' employees one day salary to PMCARES fund: Anurag Tripathi, CBSE
Massive evacuation operation on as huge mass of migrants heads out of Delhi
At a time when India is in lockdown, a massive evacuation operation to take lakhs of people home began in the early hours of Saturday at Delhi’s borders with Ghaziabad and Noida and continues as you read this report. At least 1,000 UP Roadways buses, backed up by 2,000 private buses, trucks, trolleys, tractors, goods carriers and any other vehicle that the authorities managed to bring out of the lockdown ban were deployed to clear a staggering pileup of people who gathered at the sealed borders, imploring to be allowed to pass. The Delhi government too deployed 100 DTC buses to ferry people from the border to Hapur in west UP.
Amid exodus, govt identifies districts, villages for surveillance
The Centre has rapidly expanded Covid-19 surveillance to track thousands of migrant labourers going out of cities, particularly large ones like Delhi and Mumbai, to keep an eye on incidence of the disease in villages and districts where these workers are headed. Throngs of people walking along highways set off fresh concern in the government, leading to the National Centre for Disease Control setting up mechanisms to follow the migrant paths.
Dire warning by health experts led to lockdown in India
The assessment conveyed by experts to the government was urgent: The number of Covid-19 patients would increase as people returning to India carrying the infection would come into contact with others and this required an immediate response. Senior officials dealing with public health were unanimous in their opinion that a lockdown was the need of the hour.
Canadian PM's wife has recovered from coronavirus illness
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau's wife said Saturday that she has recovered from being ill from COVID-19 disease caused by the new coronavirus. "I am feeling so much better," Sophie Grégoire Trudeau said. Trudeau's office announced on March 12 that she had tested positive for the coronavirus after she fell ill upon returning from a trip to London.


Tatas pledge Rs 1,500 crore to help fight coronavirus
The House of Tata has pledged Rs 1,500 crore to combat the coronavirus crisis that has sent India into a lockdown. This is the largest commitment made by a business group in the country towards the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

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