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PM Narendra Modi to chair meeting to review COVID-19 situation in Varanasi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to chair a meeting on Sunday to review the coronavirus situation in Varanasi, his Lok Sabha constituency.

File photo of PM Narendra Modi (Source: PTI)
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Photo Source: PTI)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to chair a meeting on Sunday to review the coronavirus situation in Varanasi, his Lok Sabha constituency.

“At 11 AM, Prime Minister @narendramodi will be chairing a meeting to review the COVID-19 situation in Varanasi. The meeting will be attended by top officials, local administration and doctors who are involved in fighting COVID in Varanasi,” his office said in an official release.

The holy city has also witnessed a surge in COVID-19 cases like other major urban centres of Uttar Pradesh.

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India reported more than 261,000 cases on Sunday, as the country reported 2,61,500 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. The new infections, showing no signs of slowing down rose from 2,34,692 cases reported a day earlier, staying above 200,000-mark since April 15. The country reported a high of 2,00,739 cases on Thursday.

The new cases have been increasing at an alarming pace since the country broke the one lakh case barrier on April 4 when it reported  1,03,558 new COVID-19 cases. Within a fortnight, the numbers have doubled, sounding alarm bells throughout the country as medical infrastructure, doctors and patients grapple with resource crunch all over the country.

On the recovery front, the country as a whole saw 1,38,423 discharges from hospitals after fighting off COVID-19 infection, taking the country’s tally of total recoveries to 1,28,09,643 patients. While the deaths reached another high with more than 1,500 people succumbed to Coronavirus. A total of 1,501 deaths were reported up from 1,341 deaths reported on Saturday, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. This took the death tally of the country to 1,77,150 lives lost to date.

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The number of active cases in the country, till April 18, stood at 18,01,316 patients, while the total number of cases stood at 1,47,88,109 cases. 

Among states, Maharashtra leads with 63,729 new cases while its total case tally stood at 37,03,584 cases. The state has a total of 6,39,642 active cases while 59,551 people have lost their lives so far. After Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh stands at the second position with 27,360 new cases, followed by Chhattisgarh with 14,912 new infections.