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COVID-19 cases in India rise to 151, Indians infected abroad 276

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NEW DELHI, March 18 (KUNA) — The number of coronavirus infection in India rose to 151 including three dead, while the number of Indians infected abroad are confirmed to be 276 people.

Indians waiting at a train station wear protective masks as a precaution against a new virus outbreak in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that the total number of COVID-19 cases in India rose to 151 including 25 foreign nationals mainly Italians.

Maharashtra is worst affected with 41 confirmed cases including three foreigners followed by southern Indian state of Kerala with 27 cases including two foreign nationals.

Haryana registered 17 cases including 14 foreigners, Uttar Pradesh 16 cases including one foreigner, Karnataka 11 cases, Delhi 10 cases including one foreigner, Ladakh eight cases, Telengana six cases including two foreigners, Rajasthan four cases including two foreigners, Jammu and Kashmir three cases, one case each from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Odisha, Pondicherry and Punjab. Three Indians died so far from the COVID-19 infection are one each from Delhi, Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Meanwhile, Indian Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan informed the Indian parliament today that there a total of 276 Indians tested positive for the corona virus overseas to date.

Majority of the cases that is 255 tested positive for corona virus are in Iran while the UAE, Italy, Kuwait, Sri Lanka, Rwanda and Hong Kong account for the rest of the cases. Earlier, the Indian government denied media reports claiming that there are 254 Indians tested positive for COVID-19 in Iran.

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