Police personnel stand guard as they barricaded the entry of vehicles and persons at the coronavirus red zone areas at Howrah, in West Bengal on Wednesday.
Police personnel stand guard as they barricaded the entry of vehicles and persons at the coronavirus red zone areas at Howrah, in West Bengal on Wednesday.
Photo: ANI

On Wednesday, the total number of novel coronavirus cases recorded in India crossed 20,000. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there had been 1486 new cases and 49 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours.

The total number of cases now stands at 20,471. This includes 15,859 active cases, 3,959 people who have been 'cured' and discharged or have migrated as well as 652 deaths.

While the MoHFW had been holding daily press briefings, on Wednesday it was announced that this would now be reduced to four days a week, with press releases and Cabinet briefing on alternate days.

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