People wear protective masks during a one-day nationwide curfew imposed as a preventive measure against COVID-19 on Sunday
25 March, 2020, 12:25
Karnataka has 33 cases of coronavirus patients after seven more persons tested positive for the deadly virus.
India has reported 471 cases of coronavirus, but health experts have said that a big jump could be imminent, which would overwhelm the underfunded and crumbling public health infrastructure.
As 32 states and Union Territories imposed complete lockdown till March 31, the Centre asked them to clamp curfew wherever necessary in the wake of people defying lockdown orders.
Sounding a note of caution, he said: "If we are not able to adhere to this lockdown sincerely for 21 days, believe me, India will go back 21 years". Of these Maharashtra and Punjab were put under statewide curfews. This is even more alarming that it took only four days for this disease to reach three lakh people from the count of two lakh.
The total number of coronavirus cases in the country touched 396 on Sunday (March 22) as 81 new cases were reported from different parts of the country.
'He underlined the importance of social distancing, asking media to generate awareness about its importance, inform people about the lockdown decision by states, and also highlight the impact of spread of the virus through inclusion of global data and case studies about other countries in the papers, ' said a statement issued by the PMO.
Acknowledging that "this crisis has certainly brought on a very hard time for the poor", he said the central and state governments "are constantly striving to ensure that citizen do not face much inconvenience in their daily life". On Monday night, the Indian government said 30 states and union territories, or 548 districts, were under "complete lockdown".
The total number of coronavirus cases across the globe stands at at least 3,00,097 according to AFP.
With coronavirus cases spiking to 07, Punjab Governor-cum-Administrator of Chandigarh, V.P. Singh Badnore, on Monday chose to impose indefinite curfew as a precaution in the city, starting midnight.
Police are on the streets to enforce lockdown and curfew across the country.
"No public transport will be allowed and all offices, factories and commercial establishments will remain shut, except those engaged in essential services such as police and fire departments and hospitals", Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister for the capital, said in a news conference. Uttar Pradesh now has 31 positive cases, including a foreign national.
According to the ICMR advisory, it should be given to high risk population - asymptomatic healthcare workers involved in the care of suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 and asymptomatic household contacts of laboratory confirmed cases.