Coronavirus: India reports 50 fresh cases, the total number climbs to 223
West Bengal and Punjab reported two cases each while Pondicherry
and Chandigarh Punjab have reported one case each
India reported 50 fresh cases of Covid19 , highest in a day,
taking the tally to 223 on Friday, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed
with chief ministers ways and preparedness of the states to check and prevent
the spread of coronavirus, which has claimed more than 10,000 lives globally.
spike in numbers prompted the states and UTs to reinforce its efforts to
contain the spread. While the Maharashtra Chief Minister said all workplaces in
major cities, including in country’s commercial hub Mumbai and Pune, will
remain closed till March 31, the Delhi Chief Minister announced shutting down
of all malls in the national capital,
but exempted grocery stores and pharmacies in them.
As coronavirus continued
its upward trajectory across the country, authorities faced double-barrel
challenge — strengthening its check and prevention mechanism, and addressing
public panic, leading to hoarding of essential items.
appeals by leaders not to panic and not to hoard items, long lines were seen at
grocery stores, pharmacies and outlets selling other essential stuff, throwing
the caution of ‘social distancing’ to the wind.
Many in public dealing, including traders, responded to Modi’s
call for a ‘janata curfew’ on Sunday, saying they will shut their
establishments while a number of people opted for self-isolation as a
to sources, no passenger trains will ply from 00:00 hours till 10 pm on Sunday
while all suburban train services to be reduced to a bare minimum during
those found positive for the novel coronavirus are
32 foreign nationals, including 17 from Italy, three from the Philippines, two
from the UK, one each belonging to Canada, Indonesia and Singapore. The figure
also included four deaths reported from Delhi, Karnataka, Punjab and
Maharashtra so far.
total number of active Covid19 cases across India stands at 196 so far,”
the Union health ministry said, adding that 23 others have been
cured/discharged/migrated while four have died.
a 69-year-old Italian tourist who had “recovered” from the novel coronavirus died
at a private hospital in Jaipur after suffering a massive cardiac arrest late
on Thursday night, SMS Medical College principal Sudhir Bhandari said.
has, so far, reported 17 positive cases which included one foreigner, while
Uttar Pradesh has recorded 23 cases, including one foreigner.
has 52 cases, including three foreigners, while Kerala has recorded 28 cases
which included two foreign nationals.
has 15 coronavirus patients. The number of cases in Ladakh rose to 10 and Jammu
and Kashmir four. Telangana has reported 17 cases which included nine foreigners.
has also reported 17 cases including two foreigners. Prohibitory orders under
Section 144 of the CrPC were also imposed in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara district from
Friday after a doctor at a private hospital was tested positive for Covid19 .
While Tamil Nadu and Andhara Pradesh have reported three cases each, there are
17 cases, including 14 foreigners in Haryana.
has two cases while Uttarakhand has three so far.
Bengal and Punjab reported two cases each while Pondicherry and Chandigarh
Punjab have reported one case each.
after he addressed the nation on coronavirus during which he asked people to
remain indoors and only come out if it was extremely necessary, Modi held a
video call with chief ministers and discussed ways to check the spread of the
such as capacity building of the states and extending training to local health
officials were also discussed in the call which was among others attended by
chief ministers of Punjab Amrinder Singh, Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray, Uttar
Pradesh Yogi Adityanath, sources said.
prime minister has been pitching for involvement of people and local
authorities to check the spread of the virus.
former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje announced that she and her son
BJP MP Dushyant Singh have gone into self-quarantine after attending a party
where singer Kanika Kapoor was also present. Kapoor has become the first
Bollywood celebrity to test positive for Covid19 .
members of Parliament including TMC’s Derek O’Brien and Apna Dal MP Anupriya
Patel also went into self-quarantine after they got to know about Singh.
government is putting all of us at risk. The prime minister says self isolate
yourself but Parliament is on. I was sitting next to Dushyant the other day for
2.5 hours. There are two more MPs who are in self isolation. The session should
be deferred,” the TMC MP said.
MPs also attended a breakfast meeting hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind on
March 18, which was attended by Singh, who also participated a Parliamentary
panel meeting on Wednesday on transport tourism and culture where 20 MPs were
Uttarakhand government banned the entry of domestic and foreign tourists into
the state till further orders to contain the spread of coronavirus. Uttarakhand
is the second state to do so after Sikkim.
Punjab woman, who had tested positive for the coronavirus, fleeing from the
hospital and subsequently booked for doing so, Union minister G Kishan Reddy
urged family members to not resist the government move to test and quarantine
people returning from countries battling coronavirus.
and Bollywood fraternity also tried bid in creating awareness with India’s
cricket captain Virat Kohli and his actor wife Anushka Sharma issue a joint
appeal for self-isolation to combat the Covid19 pandemic.