Coronavirus Janta Curfew Highlights: India observed a 14-hour lockdown on Sunday after PM Narendra Modi appealed for the same on Thursday evening. On Saturday, India witnessed the biggest surge in Coronavirus cases as 80 more people were reported positive for COVID-19. As per the latest data from the Ministry of Health, there were 360 positive cases in India so far, of which 329 are currently active. Of these 360 cases, 319 are Indians, and 41 are foreign nationals. Seven people have died so far in the country, and 24 have recovered.
Maharashtra and Kerala have the highest number of cases at 64 and 45, respectively. Delhi reported 29 coronavirus positive cases, while Uttar Pradesh has recorded 27 cases. Both the states include a confirmed case of a foreigner each. Telangana has reported 22 cases, including 11 foreigners. Rajasthan has reported 24 cases, including two foreigners. In Haryana, there are 21 cases, which include 14 foreigners. Karnataka has 26 coronavirus patients. Punjab has 21 cases while Gujarat reported 18 cases. Ladakh has 13 cases while Tamil Nadu has 7 cases, which includes 2 foreigners. Chandigarh and Andhra Pradesh have five cases each. Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, and West Bengal reported four cases each.
PM Modi urged people to participate in Janata Curfew and said this was just the start of a long battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. In a series of tweets, PM Narendra Modi had urged migrants not to travel to their hometowns warning them that such a move could spread the highly contagious infection more. Meanwhile, the Rajasthan and Punjab governments have announced lockdown in the states from March 21 -31. The Gujarat government has decided to lock down in six cities – Kutch, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, and Vadodara.
In Delhi, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announced that 7 districts – Central, East Delhi, North Delhi, North West Delhi, North East Delhi, South Delhi, and West Delhi would be ut under lockdown.
All inter-state buses, passenger trains, and metro services have been suspended across the country till March 31, while 80 districts, where coronavirus cases were reported, have been under complete lockdown during the period. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting of chief secretaries of all states and the cabinet secretary and the principal secretary to the prime minister. The officials stressed that these steps were vital to end the chain of transmission. It was agreed that there was an urgent need to extend the restrictions on the movement of non-essential passenger transport, including interstate transport buses, till March 31 to contain the spread of the deadly COVID-19.
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