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Coronavirus positive cases in India rises to 6,761; death toll 206

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New Delhi, Apr 10: The death toll due to the novel coronavirus in the country rose to 206 and the number of cases climbed to 6,761 in the country on Friday registering a record jump of 896 cases in a 24-hour span, according to the Union Health Ministry.

Coronavirus positive cases in India rises to 6,761; kills over 206 Indians

However, a PTI tally of figures reported by various states as on Friday showed at least 7,510 cases and 238 deaths.

There has been a lag in the Union Health Ministry figures, compared to the number of cases announced by different states, which officials attribute to procedural delays in assigning the cases to individual states.

Punjab on Friday, became the second state after Odisha, to extend the ongoing 21-day nationwide lockdown by another fortnight till 1 May, reported ANI.

Meanwhile, the Union Health Ministry maintained that there is no community transmission of novel coronavirus in the country so far while urging people to follow lockdown norms and social distancing properly.

Responding to a question over an ICMR study which stated that 40 out of 104 people having severe acute respiratory infection and later tested positive for coronavirus did not have any recent international travel history or contact with any confirmed cases of the disease, senior official of the ministry Lav Agarwal asserted, "No community transmission has happened in the country so far. There is no need to panic." "If there would be, we would be first to tell you so as to alert people," the joint secretary in the ministry of health said at the daily media briefing.

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