India witnessed a record a jump in the total number of COVID-19 cases as 63 new coronavirus cases were confirmed on Friday. At present, there are 258 COVID-19 patients in India. Of these, 219 are Indians and 39 are foreign nationals.
There are 231 active coronavirus cases in the country, according to the data released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The Covid-19 death toll in India rose to four this week. Deaths were reported from Karnataka, Delhi, Maharashtra and Punjab.
Mumbai, the financial capital of India inches towards complete shutdown after 52 cases were confirmed from Maharashtra. In the wake of coronavirus pandemic, Maharashtra government announced lockdown in Nagpur, Mumbai and Pune to contain the spread. Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said, starting today, all workplaces, barring essential services, will down shutters till 31 March.
The total number of coronavirus cases has climbed to 26 in the national capital. Delhi Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday announced that all malls in the national capital will be shut. Grocery stores, pharmacies, and vegetable shops in the malls, however, will remain open. Earlier, the Delhi government shut down restaurants in the capital till 31 March.
Kerala has so far recorded 40 coronavirus cases, second highest in the country. Prominent Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor tested positive for COVID-19 disease, taking the total number of cases in Uttar Pradesh to 24. Fresh case were reported from West Bengal on Friday as a 20-year-old diagnosed with COVID-19 infection. The total tally in the state stands at 2.
Telangana has 19 coronavirus patients after a group of seven Indonesians and a youth, who returned from Scotland, confirmed positive with COVID-19 this week.
Karnataka has confirmed 15 cases while Andhra Pradesh has recorded 3 cases so far. Ladakh has reported 10 coronavirus cases which included Indian Army soldier. The total number of coronavirus cases surged to 15 in Rajasthan. There are two coronavirus positive patients in Punjab and Odisha, four in Madhya Pradesh, three in Tamil Nadu and seven in Gujarat.
A total of 22 patients have been discharged so far, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said today.
In a drastic step to prevent a surge in coronavirus cases in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a 'janata curfew' on Sunday. In an address to the nation on Thursday evening, Modi asked citizens to voluntarily stay indoors from 7am till 9pm. No passenger train will originate from any railway station in the country on Sunday in view of the 'janata curfew'. Delhi Metro will also remain closed to encourage social distancing.