Union Minister Suresh Angadi Succumbs to COVID-19- PM, President Express Grief; India Records Over 56 Lakh COVID-19 Cases
Union Minister of State for Railways and Karnataka BJP MP Suresh Angadi died on Wednesday a week after being hospitalised for coronavirus. The 65-year-old passed away at Delhi's AIIMS trauma centre, which has been converted into a dedicated COVID-19 facility, said sources. A fourth-term MP from Belagavi, Angadi is the first Union minister to have died of coronavirus.
COVID count: India's COVID-19 case count has crossed the 56-lakh mark with a rise of 83,347 new cases. In the last 24 hours, 1,085 deaths were recorded in the country, as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The total case count now stands at 56,46,011 including 9,68,377 active cases, 45,87,614 cured and discharged cases. A total of 90,020 people have died due to COVID-19 in India till now.
‘Emerging hotspots’: Health authorities in Delhi have identified Connaught Place, Lajpat Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Model Town, and Paschim Vihar as "emerging hotspots" based on the caseload in these areas. Thirty-three areas have been designated as “emerging hotspots” by the capital's administration.
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