AGENCIES, New Delhi: Almost 80 Indian citities are under lockdown due to coronavirus outbreak. However, the total number of novel coronavirus cases shows no sign of slowing down. On Tuesday morning, it climbed to 499 on and the death toll remained nine.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said there have been reports of no new COVID-19 patients in the state in the last 24 hours. In West Bengal, two more suspects have been found. Their samples have been sent for test for the second time. On Tuesday night, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will again address the nation at 8 pm.
On Monday, two deaths were reported in Himachal Pradesh and West Bengal. In Himachal Pradesh, a 24-year-old woman, who had recently travelled to USA, died at a private hospital. She was admitted at the hospital with symptoms of coronavirus. However, she died before the arrival of COVID-19 test report. Bengal reported its first coronavirus death taking the total death to 8, on Monday, as a 55-year-old resident passed away. The man from Dum Dum in Kolkata had tested positive and was on a ventilator at Salt Lake AMRI hospital. He suffered a cardiac arrest today.
The country registered 75 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Monday. 24 people are reported to be cured. The country also witnessed the biggest single-day jump, when 81 new cases were reported on Sunday — the day when India observed Janta Curfew. Maharashtra is worst hit with 97 confirmed cases.
Coronavirus deaths have crossed 13,000 globally, while the number of positive cases has exceeded 3, 58,804. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that there are many people who are still not taking the lockdown seriously. “Please save yourself, save your family, follow the instructions seriously,” he tweeted. I request state governments to ensure rules and laws are followed.
Modi said the government has imposed rigid restrictions across the country to prevent further spread of coronavirus (individual or community) that has infected over 400 people in India and killed eight. He also urged states to ensure that the directives are followed by people and ordered states to “strictly enforce lockdown”. Modi asked for legal action against those who violated the restrictions in place.