India case count rises to 418; States to strictly enforce lockdown
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) positive cases jumped to 396 in India including foreign nationals on Sunday as 81 new cases were reported from across the country– the highest single-day increase so far. India reported three more deaths – each from Mumbai, Patna, and Surat on Sunday, taking the overall toll in the country to seven.
“A total number of Coronavirus positive cases has spiked to 396 in India (including foreign nationals),” said an official from the ICMR. Till last week, the highest single-day increase was 50 COVID-19 cases.
India on Sunday observed a self-imposed Janata Curfew following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal.
The self-imposed curfew was a huge success as the country was nearly brought to a standstill with all trains also coming to a halt. Indian Railways has already canceled all passenger trains till March 31 to curb the movement of people thereby containing COVID-19 spread. More than 80 Indian towns and cities are in lockdown.
As the number of deaths and active cases increased, the Centre directed states to initiate lockdown in districts that had reported Covid-19 cases. Maharashtra has reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases followed by Kerala. Meanwhile, several states including Delhi, Karnataka, Punjab, Maharashtra, Bihar, Jharkhand, and West Bengal have imposed a lockdown to contain COVID-19 spread.
“The states have been asked to initiate lockdown in 75 districts. This number will be revised as the situation is developing,” Joint Secretary (Health) Lav Agarwal said.
Kerala has reported 52 cases, including seven foreign nationals. Delhi has reported 27 positive cases, including a foreigner, while Uttar Pradesh has recorded 25 cases, including a foreigner.
Telangana has reported 21 cases, including 11 foreigners. Rajasthan has reported 24 cases, including two foreigners.
In Haryana, there are 17 cases, which include 14 foreigners.
Karnataka has 20 coronavirus patients.
Punjab and Ladakh have 13 cases each. Gujarat has 14 cases while Tamil Nadu has 7 cases, which includes 2 foreigners. Chandigarh has 5 cases.