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Imphal Free Press 2020-03-26 19:05:36
COVID-19 cases in India soar to 649, death toll 13
IFP Bureau | First Published: March 26, 2020 18:32:02 pm

The number of COVID-19 or coronavirus cases in India climbed to 649, including 42 recovered cases, as the country enters the third day of lockdown on Thursday. Two more deaths linked to COVID-19 were reported on Thursday from Kashmir and Maharashtra taking the toll to 13, according to reports.

Kashmir reported its first death due to COVID-19 after a 65-year-old man died at the Government Chest Disease Hospital in Srinagar on Thursday morning. The man, an Islamic preacher from Srinagar’s Hyderpora neighbourhood, tested positive for COVID-19 three days ago.

As we share the sad news of our first #Covid19 fatality, my heart goes out to the family of the deceased. We stand with you and share your grief.

I also salute the brave doctors at CD Hospital for their efforts.

Let’s do our bit and help #BreakTheChain and #StayHomeStaySafe.

— Mayor of Srinagar (@MayorofS) March 26, 2020

Four others who came in contact with him also tested positive on Wednesday, reports said. Jammu and Kashmir has so far reported 11 COVID-19 positive cases.

In India, Maharashtra is the worst-hit state with more than 120 cases followed by Kerala with more than 100 cases. The entire country has been placed under complete lockdown till April 14 to control the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday announced a Rs 1.70 lakh crore economic package under Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Yojana scheme to fight the pandemic.

“A package is ready for the poor, including migrant workers, urban and rural poor, who need immediate help. No one will go hungry. The package is worth Rs 1.7 lakh crore,” the finance minister said at a press conference.

The finance minister added that under the scheme, 80 crore people would get 5 Kg rice or wheat free for the next three months, in addition to existing allotment of 1 kg of one choice of pulse.

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