The total number of coronavirus cases in India climbed to 562 with the first case reported from the North East on Tuesday. Over 40 fresh cases reported from various parts of country in a day. New cases have been reported from Jammu and Kashmir, Telangana, Punjab, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Manipur.

At present, there are 512 active COVID-19 cases in India. A total of 40 people have been discharged from hospital, according to Ministry of Health and Welfare.

A 54-year-old man passed away in Madurai today, taking the death toll in the country to 10.

Kerala is the worst affected state in the country which has so far reported 109 cases. The total number of coronavirus cases also crossed 100-mark in Maharashtra. According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Maharashtra has recorded 101 coronavirus patients.

The COVID-19 cases in Karnataka have spiked in last few days, taking the total of patients in the state to 46. The number of cases in Telangana has climbed to 35, including 10 foreigners.

With six fresh cases reported on Tuesday, the total number of coronavirus cases in Tamil Nadu has surged to 18.

As five more people tested positive for novel coronavirus in last two days, the total number COVID-19 positive cases in Uttar Pradesh has increased to 35, including a foreign national. Gujarat has reported 33 cases and Delhi has 30 patients.

Jammu and Kashmir has seven coronavirus patients while Ladakh has recorded 13 COVID-19 positive case so far. Fresh cases were reported from Mizoram and Manipur on Tuesday.

West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh has nine patients each. There are three cases each in Himachal Pradesh and Bihar, while there are two cases in Odisha. Puducherry, Manipur and Chhattisgarh have reported a case each.

As the number of coronavirus cases surged past 500, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a complete nationwide lockdown for 21 days from Tuesday midnight. Only essential services like grocery shops, banks and ATMs and medicine outlets will remain functional.

Starting today, all the domestic flights have been suspended. Indian Railways suspended all passenger trains till April 14 in the wake of coronavirus outbreak. Freight movement will remain functional to carry essential commodities across the country, officials said.

The home ministry on Tuesday said those who viloate the lockdown norms would be punished with imprisonment of up to two years and a fine or both.

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