BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus has risen to 223 across 20 states and Union Territories in India, the Health Ministry said on Friday. Out of the 223 cases, 191 are Indian nationals and the remaining 32 are foreign nationals. Maharashtra has reported the most number of positive cases i.e 52.
Across the country, most states have shut down schools, colleges, theatres, malls and shopping areas. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday night called for social distancing, urging people to avoid stepping out of their homes “unless absolutely necessary”. He also appealed the citizens to observe a ‘Janta Curfew’ on March 22 as a test run for social distancing over the next few days.
The government has advised citizens above 65 and children below 10 to remain at home. The government has also barred all commercial international aircraft from landing in India from March 22 and instructed states to enforce work-from-home protocol for all private sector employees, except essential services, amid a raft of measures aimed at staving off the coronavirus epidemic.
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India has reported four deaths so far. A 70-year-old man, who had travelled to Germany, died in Punjab. The other deaths were reported from Delhi, Karnataka and Maharashtra. All four of them were above 60.