COVID-19: Confirmed cases rise to 296 in India
NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India on Saturday rose to 296.
The deaths reported so far in the country due to the disease is four, while the total number of people who have recovered, discharged is 22, the Health Ministry said while one such patient has migrated so far.
As per the government, total number of passengers screened at airport so far amount to 14,59,993.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday during his address to the nation regarding COVID19 requested citizens to stay at home and further urged the entire population to observe 'Janata Curfew' on March 22, Sunday, as a major social distancing measure against the disease.
The government has also announced that all international flights will be barred from landing in the country for a week beginning 0001 hours on March 22 up to March 29.
Malls in the national capital have been shut down in view of preventing coronavirus spread, however, pharmacies, grocery stores and vegetable shops housed in them will continue to function.
On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also held a video conference with the Chief Ministers of states to review the situation with respect to the preparedness and measures against the disease outbreak.
Delhi has, so far, reported 26 positive cases, which include one foreigner, while Uttar Pradesh has recorded 24 cases, including one foreigner.
Maharashtra has 65 cases, including three foreigners, while Kerala has recorded 40 cases, which include seven foreign nationals.
Karnataka has 18 coronavirus patients. The number of cases in Ladakh rose to 13 and Jammu and Kashmir four. Telangana has reported 19 cases, which include 11 foreigners.
Rajasthan has also reported 23 cases, including that of two foreigners. Gujarat has reported 13 cases so far.
Madhya Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir have reported four cases each.
Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Uttarakhand have reported three cases each.
West Bengal has reported 3 cases so far.
Punjab have reported six cases while Chandigarh with 5 case.
Himachal Pradesh, Odisha each reported two cases while Puducherry, Chhattisgarh reported one case each.
In Haryana, there are 17 cases, which include 14 foreigners.
In the wake of the highly contagious coronavirus and the call given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to observe `Janata Curfew` on Sunday, the Indian Railways on Saturday decided to put brakes on as many as 709 trains.
Indian Railways has cautioned people not to travel on passenger and long-distance trains unless absolutely necessary after several COVID-19 positive passengers were found to be travelling. In a series of tweets, the Indian railways said, ''Passengers are advised to avoid non-essential travel for the safety of fellow citizens. Citizens are advised to practice social distancing and follow quarantine requirements.''
In other tweets, Railways informed that ''4 passengers travelling on Godan Express (Train 11055) from Mumbai to Jabalpur on 16th March in B1 Coach have been tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday. They came to India from Dubai last week. All concerned have been alerted to take necessary action.''
''Such cases are being found on Railways. The public is requested not to travel on passenger and long-distance trains unless absolutely necessary. Be safe and keep others safe,'' it said in one of those tweets.
In another tweet, it said that ''8 passengers who had travelled on AP Sampark Kranti Express from Delhi to Ramagundam on 13th March have tested positive of COVID-19 yesterday.''
''2 passengers marked with mandatory quarantine were found to be travelling on Rajdhani train between Bengaluru & Delhi today. They were immediately deboarded and the entire coach was sanitised,'' a tweet from the Indian Railways said.