Coronavirus cases in India rise to 562

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The number of coronavirus cases in India has risen to 562, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday called for a complete lockdown of the entire nation for the next 21 days in an effort to contain the COVID-19 Pandemic.

PM Modi said that even those nations with the best of the medical facilities could not contain the virus and that the social distancing is the only option to mitigate it.

A 54-year-old man passed away in Tamil Nadu after contracting Covid-19, Health Minister C Vijayabaskar said on Wednesday, the first death recorded in the state.

A Pune-based couple, the first COVID-19 patients in Maharashtra, have twice tested negative for the deadly disease and are set to be discharged from hospital, sources said.

The Tokyo Olympics which was scheduled to be held from July 24, 2020 has been postponed to no later than summer 2021.

President of International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Beach and Japan Prime Minister Abe Shinzo held a conference call to discuss the constantly changing environment with regard to COVID-19 and the Olympic games Tokyo 2020.