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Coronavirus LIVE updates: 2 deaths, 82 cases in India; over 1,200 killed in Italy

Coronavirus LIVE updates: 2 deaths, 82 cases in India; over 1,200 killed in Italy

Coronavirus outbreak Live Updates: The total number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 83 on Saturday, according to latest data provided by the Ministry of Health. On Friday, the death toll in the country increased to two after a 68-year-old woman from West Delhi died at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. On Thursday, a 76-year-old man, who had tested positive, died on his way from Hyderabad to his hometown Kalaburagi (Karnataka).

With the number of coronavirus cases in the country touching 82, several state governments announced measures to enforce social distancing. Several states have announced a lockdown of public places, including educational institutes. The US Embassy and Consulates in India today cancelled the immigrant and non-immigrant visa appointments from March 16 onward.

As the worldwide death toll surged past 5,000, the World Health Organisation on Friday officially declared Europe as the epicentre of the virus pandemic. More than 132,000 cases of the virus have been reported in 123 countries since it emerged in December in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference. US President Donald Trump, meanwhile, officially declared a national emergency, invoking the Stafford Act to open the door to more federal aid for states and municipalities.

(Inputs and image from theindianexpress.com)

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