Coronavirus Update: The total number of cases of the novel Coronavirus in India has reached 195 after the country witnesses its highest number of cases in a single day at 35. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there are 171 active cases in the country spread across different states.
Out of the 195 cases, 32 are foreign nationals and 163 are Indian nationals. On Thursday, the country reported it’s 4th death of the novel Coronavirus. The Centre confirmed that a 72-year-old man had died in Punjab due to COVID-19. He had recently travelled from Germany via Italy.
The other 3 deaths were reported from Delhi, Maharashtra, and Karnataka.
As of now, Maharashtra has the most number of COVID-19 cases with 48, Kerala has 28 patients fighting the Coronavirus. Delhi has reported 17 Coronavirus cases till date. Karnataka has reported 15 cases of the pandemic till now.
Telangana, on Wednesday, recorded the highest number of cases when a group of 7 Indonesians and a young tested positive for the Coronavirus after returning from Scotland.
On Thursday, Chandigarh reported its first case when a 23 year-old lady tested positive for the Coronavirus which has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO). On the same day, the state of Uttar Pradesh reported 2 more cases of Coronavirus taking its tally to 19. Gujarat has two cases now as it reported 2 cases from Surat and Rajkot on Thursday.
As of now, Andhra Pradesh has reported 2 COVID-19 patients, and Ladakh has reported 10 confirmed cases, including one from the India Army.
West Bengal, Uttarakhand, and Odisha all have 1 confirmed case each.
A total of 20 patients have recovered from the deadly infection according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
In order to combat the pandemic, the government of India has decided that no international commercial passenger flight will land in the country between 22nd and 29th March. The decision was taken on Thursday.
The Indian Railways has suspended concessional booking of tickets except for students, patients and Persons with Disabilities (PwD or Divyangjan) category for both reserved and unreserved segments from the midnight of 20th March and this will remain unchanged until further notice. This decision was taken to discourage senior citizens from travelling.
In a step to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a “Janata Curfew” on Sunday from 7:00 AM till 9:00 PM. While addressing the nation, on Thursday night, PM Modi requested the citizen to voluntarily stay inside their homes.
Western Railways has, too, taken a huge step as it cancelled all AC local services in Maharashtra from Friday. The AC Local Trains will be replaced by the non-AC ones until the 31st March.
Punjab Government announced that it will suspend the public transport services from midnight of Friday as the state reported its first death due to Coronavirus. In Noida, authorities have already imposed Section 144 of CrPC (Criminal Procedure Code) to avoid mass public gatherings.
Globally, Coronavirus has infected almost 2,50,000 people and have claimed the lives of over 10,000 people.