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Coronavirus Pandemic LIVE Updates: 12 Deaths in 24 Hrs Take India Tally to 56; Infections May Peak in Apr…

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“The man came to the government hospital at 11.30am on March 30 for health checkup. His blood swab was sent for examination and in the meantime he died around 12.30pm. He was suffering from hypertension and cardiac problems besides being diabetic, state nodal officer Arja Srikanth said in a release.

The man’s son tested positive for Covid-19 on March 31 and was kept in quarantine. “We have identified 29 others who came in contact with him and they were also sent to quarantine,” Srikanth added.

The novel coronavirus has claimed 56 lives in the country according to the health ministry, prompting a 21-day lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Today, PM Modi asked Indians for 9 minutes of their time at 9pm on Sunday, April 5, to end the “darkness” of Covid-19 by lighting candles or flashing torches and mobile phones from their houses. Addressing the country via a video message, PM Modi lauded the discipline exhibited by Indians during the 21-day lockdown imposd by the government to check the spread of coronavirus.

“The way you paid gratitude to people fighting against Covid-19on March 22 has become a model that is being emulated by other countries. Janata curfew and ringing of bells/clanging utensils, made the country aware of its unity amid this challenging time,” he said.

“I request all of of you to switch off all the lights of your house on 5th April at 9 PM for 9 minutes, and just light a candle, ‘diya’, or mobile’s flashlight, to mark our fight against coronavirus,” the PM said, adding that people must avoid gathering anywhere and practice social distancing during the show of strength.

With 235 more people being confirmed positive for the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the number of Covid-19 cases climbed to 2,069 and the death toll to 53 in India, the Union Health Ministry said. The number of active cases in the country is 1,860, while 155 people were either cured or discharged and one had migrated, it said.

In its updated data, the ministry reported three fresh deaths, one from Gujarat and two from Delhi. Maharashtra has reported the most deaths (13) so far, followed by Gujarat (seven), Madhya Pradesh (six), Punjab and Delhi (four each), Karnataka, Telangana and West Bengal (three each), and Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and Kerala two each.

The novel coronavirus has infected over a million people globally and led to more than 53,000 deaths.
The United States recorded 1,169 Covid-19 fatalities in the past 24 hours, the Johns Hopkins University tracker showed Thursday, the highest one-day death toll recorded in any country since the global pandemic began.

The grim record was previously held by Italy, where 969 people died on March 27.

The US has now recorded 5,926 coronavirus deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Globally, Italy still has the highest total death toll, with 13,915 dying of the disease there, followed by Spain at 10,003.

The US also recorded more than 30,000 new cases of COVID-19 in the same 24-hour period, bringing the total number of officially reported cases in the country to more than 243,000, according to Johns Hopkins.

That is roughly a quarter of the more than a million cases reported globally.

New York City is at the epicenter of the American outbreak, recording more than 1,500 deaths and nearing 50,000 positive cases, according to figures released late Thursday by city health authorities.

More than 1.3 million COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the US, Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday at a daily White House press conference on the virus.

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