The number of coronavirus cases in India climbed to 147 today, with Maharashtra reporting highest tally followed by Kerala. Of these, 122 are Indian nationals and 25 are foreign nationals.
The deadly coronavirus killed three people in the country — one in Karnataka, Delhi and Maharashtra.
Maharashtra has reported the maximum number of cases at 42 while Kerala has recorded 30 cases till today. Ladakh has confirmed eight patients with COVID-19 infections while the tally stands at 16 in Haryana. The number of coronavirus patients has risen to 11 in Karnataka while Delhi has recorded 13 cases.
Rajasthan has recorded seven cases so far while Jammu Kashmir three. Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Odisha reported have confirmed one case each.
On Tuesday, a 18-year-old man tested positive for novel coronavirus infection in West Bengal, the first in state.
A total of 14 patients have been discharged so far, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said today.
Central and state government has scaled up precautionary measures to curb the spread. Several states have ordered closure of public places including educational institutions, cinema halls and malls till month end. In the wake of coronavirus outbreak, India suspended all the visas, except a few categories. The government has also advised to avoid all non-essential travel.
All passengers coming from or having visited China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain and Germany after February 15 will be quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days.
Indian Railways cancelled close to 100 trains till April 1 as a precautionary measure to combat against coronavirus. The price of a platform ticket was also increased from ₹10 to ₹50 at more than 170 stations to discourage people from waiting on platforms.
“Trains cancelled due to Covid-19 preventive measure and non-occupancy," Central Railway said in a tweet.
More than 11,500 people were infected with the novel coronavirus globally on Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases above 179,000, the World Health Organisation said.