Thursday, March 12th, 2020

73 people infected with Covid-19 in India

Published 9:27 pm | March 12, 2020

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Online Desk : With fresh confirmed cases in different states, total cases of coronavirus infection has gone up to 73 in India, according to a data provided by the Union Health Ministry here today.

Out of these 73 people, 56 are Indian citizens. With 17 coronavirus positive cases, the maximum number of cases in the country has been reported from Kerala.

In the wake of the fresh infection, Delhi government today declared all schools, colleges and cinema halls in Delhi shut till March 31 to contain the spread of the deadly disease that World Health Organisation (WHO) had declared it as “pandemic”.

“All cinema halls to remain shut in Delhi till March 31. Schools and colleges where exams are not being held will also remain closed”, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced today. The Delhi government had shut the primary schools (up to class-V) earlier this month when the secondary classes were left open in view of the exams.

Meanwhile, several states, including Kerala, have also shut educational institutions and crowded places like cinema halls. Besides, the Indian government late last evening issued a travel advisory suspending all tourist visas till April 15 to India to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus in the country. The government has requested all of its
citizens to avoid any non-essential travel outside India.

“I urge our countrymen to also avoid non-essential travel. We can break the chain of spread and ensure safety of all by avoiding large gatherings,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet message today. He said that no central government minister will travel abroad in the coming days, as the government pulled out all stops to tackle the spread of coronavirus.

“The Government is fully vigilant about the situation due to COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. Across ministries & states, multiple steps have been proactively taken to ensure safety of all,” PM Modi said in another tweet.

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