Coronavirus cases in India rise to 979

The number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 979 on Sunday, with 25 fatalities, the Health Ministry said.

Maharashtra has highest number of cases, followed by Kerala, Karnataka and Telangana.

There are total 867 active cases, 86 people have been cured/discharged, the Ministry said.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday chaired a review meeting on preparations to fight the COVID-19 epidemic. This was the third review meeting since the nationwide lockdown began on March 25, in the wake of this epidemic.  

Shah said that as per the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government is leaving no stone unturned to put in place adequate arrangements to make daily essentials accessible to common people. The Government is fully committed to ensure the safety and security of every citizen, he added. 

The Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry Piyush Goyal yesterday told the industry and trade associations to take care of their employees and workers in this hour of crisis and distress.

Talking to representatives from various manufacturing, industry and trading associations from across the country through video conference, Piyush said that they are not only their assets and resources, but also could become potential carrier of COVID-19, if they are allowed to migrate en-masse throughout the country and countryside, during this pandemic.