Coronavirus: 54-year-old patient dies in Tamil Nadu, toll rises to 11 in India

India reported one more Covid-19 death early Wednesday from Tamil Nadu, taking the toll to 11. The number of cases of coronavirus rose to 536, according to the Indian Council for Medical Research – the nodal health body for testing cases in the country. The Health Ministry has so far confirmed 519 coronavirus cases and said that 469 of these are active cases.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a 21-day lockdown for the entire country, stating that it was the only way to break the chain of infection. The lockdown will be in effect till April 14. He said the pandemic was a huge challenge to every country and even countries like the US and Italy, considered to have good health infrastructure, were struggling to control the situation.

The pandemic has infected 4,21,792 people globally, and killed 18,883 across 169 countries or territories, according to an estimate by Johns Hopkins University.

The national helpline number for the coronavirus is 011-23978046, and a toll-free number 1075. Here are the helpline numbers for states and the Union Territories: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/coronvavirushelplinenumber.pdf