Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The total number of positive cases of COVID-19 in India crossed 1000-mark on Sunday. With fresh deaths being reported from different states, the death toll climbed to 27 and the total number of cases rose to 1024, including 901 active cases, 96 cured/discharged/migrated people, as per the Union Health Ministry’s report at 7.30 PM Sunday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his monthly Mann ki Baat radio address, sought the nation's forgiveness for imposing a monumental lockdown on the country, but said "we have to win ... and we will definitely win the battle" against the unprecedented menace of coronavirus that has claimed 25 lives in India so far. He also praised the front-line workers in the fight against the virus as well as countless workers in the essential services who are ensuring the country doesn't come to a complete standstill in the 21-day lockdown announced on March 24.
The Union Government has been maintaining that there is no evidence that India has entered Stage 3, or the stage of community transmission, even as the country has been placed under a 21-day lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus. The lockdown, however, has seen migrant workers come out in huge numbers, attempting to return to their homes. In the absence of public transport, they have started walking for hundreds of kilometres to reach their destinations.
Globally, the COVID-19 numbers have surpassed 634,000, and the death toll is close to 30,000, WHO said.
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