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India: death toll from Coronavirus climbs to 19, infection cases 873

NEW DELHI, March 28 (KUNA) -- The number of death cases due to coronavirus in India increased to 19 on Saturday while the number of infected climbed to 873 cases.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said in its latest update that two people from Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh died during the last 24 hours taking the death toll in the country into 19 people.
The number of infected people rose to 873 cases including 47 foreign nationals while 79 infected people recovered so far, the ministry added.
Maharashtra is considered the worst hit state as there are 180 positive cases including three foreign nationals and five deaths followed by Kerala with 173 positive cases including eight foreigners.
The capital New Delhi has registered 39 COVID-19 positive cases including one foreign national and one death as the virus spread to 27 Indian states.
The Indian authorities had imposed a nationwide complete lock down for 21 days in wake of the spread of the corona virus and attendant deaths to more states.
The central and state governments had slapped curfew-like restrictions, closing down schools, educational institutions and universities imposing ban on religious and other festivals, huge gatherings.
All transport services including train, bus, metro and flight were also came to a halt in wake of the spread of the deadly virus. (end) atk.mb