Coronavirus update: India’s total count reaches 60

Two persons from Kerala, one each from Rajasthan and Delhi test positive

By DTE Staff
Published: Wednesday 11 March 2020

The number of people in India infected by the novel coronavirus (SARS COV-2) rose to 60 on March 11, 2020.

The parents of the Kerala child who tested positive on March 6, have also tested positive. One person each from Rajasthan and Delhi have also been found to be positive on March 11.

On March 10, six new cases from Kerala and three more from Karnataka tested positive for the virus. Two cases were confirmed in Pune on March 9. The total tally on March 10 was 56.

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