New Delhi, Apr 03, 2020: Sixty-two people have died after being infected by the novel coronavirus, the government said today. Across the country the number of confirmed cases is now 2,547, with 478 new cases detected in the past 24 hours. A total of 163 people have been discharged from hospitals after receiving treatment. Confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported from 211 districts across the country, up from 161 on March 29 and 75 on March 22. Worldwide the number of COVID-19 positive cases has crossed 1 million, with over 50,000 dead. On Thursday the World Bank approved $1 billion in emergency financing for India to tackle the outbreak. This morning Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation, via a brief video message, for the second time since a nationwide 21-day "total lockdown" was initiated. The centre, meanwhile, has identified 13 coronavirus hotspots across the country, NDTV reported.
At least seven Delhi Police personnel who were involved in vacating the site of the ’markaz’ meet at south Delhi’s Nizamuddin area last month have been quarantined. Earlier today, a 55-year-old man died in a government hospital in Vijayawada, the Andhra Pradesh government confirmed that coronavirus was the cause of the death, making it the first casualty in the state where the total number of positive cases rose to 161. The man contracted the disease from his son, who returned from New Delhi after attending the Tablighi Jamaat congregation on March 17.