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India: 178 people die, 5,916 more infections due to coronavirus

NEW DELHI, April 9: Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Thursday that the death toll following the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic in the country rose to 178 while there are a total of 5916 COVID-19 infection cases.

An Indian health worker checks the temperature of a man during lockdown to prevent the spread of new coronavirus in Ahmedabad, India, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)


The ministry informed in its morning update that the death toll climbed to 166 people with 17 fresh deaths reported from different Indian states in the last 24 hours while there were 540 new cases were reported yesterday.
Out of the 5916 confirmed cases, 506 people recovered and were discharged from the hospitals while the pandemic spread to 31 Indian states.

Migrant workers from other states and the homeless rest at a shelter set up at a mall during lockdown to prevent the spread of new coronavirus in Ahmedabad, India, Tuesday, April 7, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)


Maharashtra is considered the worst affected state with 72 deaths and 1,135 positive cases followed by Tamil Nadu with eight deaths and 738 positive cases. New Delhi registered nine deaths and 669 positive cases.
The Indian authorities had imposed a nation-wide lock down for 21 days in wake of the spread of coronavirus and 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.

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