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276 Indians infected with virus abroad

Total cases of COVID-19 in India touch 162, including 25 foreigners; global figure crosses 2,00,000

With 255 Indians testing positive for novel coronavirus in Iran and another 21 in other countries, the total number of Indian nationals afflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic rose to 409. The cases within the country touched 158, including 25 foreigners, on Wednesday.

Globally, the number of cases crossed 2,00,000.

The Ministry of External Affairs confirmed in the Lok Sabha that as many as 255 pilgrims visiting Iran from Kashmir and Ladakh had been affected.

A third batch of 195 Indians from Iran were brought to Jaisalmer by an Air India aircraft on Wednesday evening.

Cases in India

According to reports from the States, 15 new COVID-19 cases were reported within the country, while 14 persons had been discharged. The number of active cases is now 141.

Over 5,700 people, who had come in contact with positive cases, continue to be under rigorous surveillance, the government said.

Karnataka reported three fresh cases on Wednesday, taking the number of infections to 14. The number of cases in Ladakh rose to eight, Jammu and Kashmir to three and Tamil Nadu to two. Telangana has reported six cases, which include two foreigners. Rajasthan has also reported four cases, including that of two foreigners. Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Uttarakhand and Punjab reported one case each.

In Haryana, there were two cases, while 14 foreign nationals are being treated in a private Gurugram hospital.

A 34-year-old soldier tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Leh, Army sources said on Wednesday.

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