Leicester Mercury

Indian PM warns of coronaviru­s spreading to rural areas

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INDIAN’S prime minister has warned people to take extra precaution­s as the devastatin­g coronaviru­s outbreak is spreading fast to rural areas, where nearly two-thirds of the country’s

1.4 billion people live.

Narendra Modi urged local people, village councils and state government­s to come together to meet the challenge.

Mr Modi said the army, navy and the air force have joined the fight against the pandemic across the country.

“We have lost a lot of near ones.

I am feeling the same pain that our people are suffering,” Mr Modi said yesterday a speech at a farmers’ convention.

Meanwhile, India’s health ministry reported there had been a total of 343,144 new cases in the past 24 hours, which is a slight decline from the day before. Another 4,000 people died in the past 24 hours, raising total fatalities to 262,317 since the pandemic began.

All of the figures are almost certainly a vast undercount, experts say.

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