AGENCIES, New Delhi: Two more deaths have been reported due to coronavirus today from Mumbai and Bihar, taking the total number of deaths in the country to six. In Mumbai, the 63-year-old man had a chronic history of diabetes, high blood pressure and ischemic heart disease. In Bihar, the 38-year-old man had recently travelled to Qatar. He also had been to Kolkata recently. He is the youngest person to have died of COVID-19 in India.
The country has noticed a sudden spike in the number of novel coronavirus cases. Now, COVID-19 cases in India has reached 396. On Saturday night, the number stood at 315, which was the country’s biggest one-day jump. Meanwhile, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot has ordered a completed lockdown of the state from March 22 till March 31 except for essential services.
After Mumbai government announced a partial lockdown, Punjab government also ordered a partial lockdown in some districts till March 25 including Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr), Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala and Jalandhar.
On Saturday, India recorded 79 confirmed coronavirus cases. Saturday also ended on a worrying note for India. A 59-year-old Kolkata man, who had no travel history to a foreign country and a 40-year-old Pune woman, also having no travel history have tested positive of novel coronavirus. Both the patients are on ventilators in the respective cities. Now, the number of coronavirus cases in India climbed to 283. However, till now, the coronavirus patients had a history of foreign travel. But both the cases of Kolkata and Pune have made the doctors anxious. Earlier, India had reported four deaths from Delhi, Karnataka, Punjab, and Maharashtra.
The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Maharashrta went to 74, the highest in the country. Also, major cities in Maharashtra like Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Pimpri Chinchwad will remain closed till March 31 due to coronavirus outbreak order CM Uddhav Thackeray. The authorities ordered that all non-essential businesses in Mumbai and across state to remain shut due to COVID-19.
Assam reported its first case of COVID-19 in the state when a four-and-a-half-year-old-girl in Jorhat district was tested positive.
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Meanwhile, on March 22 i.e. Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought public participation in the country’s war on coronavirus pandemic and called for a ‘Janta Curfew’ saying all citizens must stay home from 7 am to 9 pm. Most of the roads across the states wore a deserted look due to Janta Curfew.
“Under this Janta (public) Curfew, no person should leave their home or gather in their society. Only those related to essential services need to go out,” the Prime Minister said, adding that all citizens must abide by this.
Nearly, 307,776 people are infected by novel coronavirus in the world. According to Aljazeera, the death toll from the new coronavirus has surpassed 5,000 in Europe, with Italy, Spain and Germany reporting a steep rise in infections.