COVID-19 LIVE | In 2nd phase of Vande Bharat, 149 flights to bring back Indians stranded in 31 countries

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PM Narendra Modi will be addressing the nation at 8 PM on Tuesday and is expected to shed some light on the roadmap for the future as the country battles an increasing number of coronavirus cases everyday.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country has crossed the 70,000 mark with more than 3600 cases reported in the last 24 hours.

According to the Health Ministry’s Tuesday morning update, the confirmed cases in the country is 70,756. The active cases among this are 46,008 while 22,454 people have been discharged. The killer virus has claimed the lives of 2293 people.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday had hinted at a gradual lockdown withdrawal and said social distancing is the biggest weapon in the COVID-19 fight given a “twofold challenge” to check the virus spread and to increase the public activity.

Interacting with chief ministers in a video conference, Modi flagged that problems have increased wherever social distancing or lockdown measures were not followed.

He also said a big challenge is to ensure that the infection does not spread to rural areas.

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