Coronavirus positive cases in India nearing 500, PM Modi to address nation at 8 PM today

New Delhi: Monday saw a massive spike in coronavirus positive cases in India as over 90 fresh cases were reported from across the country. With total confirmed COVID-19 cases nearing 500, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that he will address the nation today at 8 PM on the outbreak.

“Will address the nation at 8 PM today, 24th March 2020, on vital aspects relating to the menace of COVID-19,” Modi tweeted.

According to the data updated Tuesday morning, the total number of COVID-19 cases stood at 492, including 446 active cases. The figure includes 41 foreign nationals and the nine deaths reported so far, the Health Ministry said.

West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh reported a casualty each on Monday while seven deaths was earlier reported from Maharashtra (two), Bihar, Karnataka, Delhi, Gujarat and Punjab.

The Ministry said that 37 people have been cured/discharged/migrated. The number of active cases at 446 saw an increase of 22 from last night’s figure.

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As cases of the viral infection surged, authorities have put almost the entire country under lockdown, banning gathering of people and suspending road, rail and air traffic till March 31.

Kerala has reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases so far at 95, including eight foreign nationals, followed by Maharashtra which recorded 87, including three foreigners, according to the ministry data.

Karnataka has reported 37 cases of coronavirus patients, while cases in Rajasthan increased to 33, including two foreigners. Uttar Pradesh has 33 positive cases, including a foreign national.

Telangana has so far reported 32 cases, including 10 foreigners. Cases in Delhi rose to 31, including one foreigner, while Gujarat has reported 29 cases.

In Haryana, there are 26 cases, including 14 foreigners, while Punjab has reported 21 cases. Ladakh has 13 cases, while Tamil Nadu has reported 12 cases, including two foreigners.

West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh have reported seven cases each so far.

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Chandigarh has six cases, while Jammu and Kashmir has four cases.

Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh have reported three cases each, while there are two cases each in Bihar and Odisha. Puducherry and Chhattisgarh have reported a case each.

Earlier PM Modi had addressed the nation on efforts to combat the virus on March 19.

As cases of the viral infection surged, authorities have put almost the entire country under lockdown, banning gathering of people and suspending road, rail and air traffic till March 31.

(With PTI inputs)