Coronavirus LIVE: PM to meet CMs over video on Monday; India cases 20,471


Narendra Modi

FILE PIC: Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to the nation on corona-virus pandemic in New Delhi

India update: The total number of corona-virus (Covid-19) positive cases in India rose to 20,471 by Wednesday, with 652 of them dead, according to Worldometer.
Against the backdrop of attacks on healthcare personnel fighting corona-virus, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved an ordinance making acts of violence against them as cognizable and non-bailable offences, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said. The proposed ordinance will amend the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.

At 5,229, Maharashtra has the highest number of cases among Indian states. It is followed by Gujarat (2,178), Delhi (2,156), Rajasthan (1,659), Madhya Pradesh (1,552) Tamil Nadu (1,596), and in Uttar Pradesh 1,294

World update on corona-virus: Globally, 2,579,748 people have been infected and 179,047 have died so far, according to Worldometer.