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A surge in number of positive cases in Mumbai; An elderly woman dies in Navi Mumbai; death toll climbs to13

By Raju Vernekar
Mumbai, March 26

The number of coronavirus cases climbed to 649 in India and the death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 13, with one death reported each from Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh, according to the Health Ministry, on Thursday.
A 65-year-old Ujjain-based woman died of coronavirus at a hospital in Indore, becoming the first Covid-19 fatality in Madhya Pradesh thus taking death toll to 13.
In its updated figures at 10.15 am, the Union Health ministry stated that 13 “COVID-19” deaths were reported so far in the country. Maharashtra reported three deaths, Gujarat two, while Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Karnataka, Punjab, Delhi, West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh reported one death each. 
Of the active cases, 569 are Indians while 43 are foreign nationals. 43 patients have also been cured or migrated. This means the total tally of coronavirus cases in India till now is 667. 
The tally of positive cases:  Maharashtra (124),  Kerala  (109), Karnataka (41), Rajasthan (38), Uttar Pradesh(37), Telangana (37),Gujarat(37), Delhi (31), Punjab (29), Haryana (28), Tamil Nadu (18), Ladakh (13),Madhya Pradesh (13), West Bengal (9), Andhra Pradesh (9), Chandigarh(7), Jammu and Kashmir(7), Bihar (6), Uttarakhand (4), Goa (3),  Manipur (1), Mizoram (1), Puducherry(1) 
In the meanwhile a 65 year old woman died at Vashi in Navi Mumbai on Thursday. However health department was yet to confirm whether she died due to Covid 19 or any other ailment. 
Meanwhile, a surge in number of new patients continues in Maharashtra and the number of positive cases reached 124. They included: Mumbai city and suburbs: 52, Pimpri Chinchwad MCm 12, Pune MC 19, Navi Mumbai 5, Kalyan 5, Nagpur 4, Yavatmal 4, Sangli 9, Ahmednagar 3, Thane 4, Satara 2, Panvel, Ulhasnagar, Aurangabad, Ratnagiri, Vasai-Virar- one each.

Raju Vernekar

Raju Vernekar is a Media Professional based in Mumbai and is a regular contributor of Imphal Times. He had served as Chief Reporter at Free Press Journal (1996 – 2015 ). His Activities includes writing for different news papers, script writing/production for TV channels, Films Division. Writing poems in Marathi, Hindi, English, Guiding mass media students and helping people to solve their problems. Raju may be contacted at [email protected]

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