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COVID-19: India Prepares for Lockdown as Cases Rise to 396

Coronavirus: Janta curfew photos, videos, news, live updates.

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Several states across India including national capital Delhi, Punjab, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana imposed a complete lockdown on Sunday, 22 March, to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, while many other states closed major districts.

Gujarat on Sunday reported first death due to coronavirus infection as 67-year-old patient died in Surat, taking India’s death toll to seven. Earlier in the day, two deaths were reported from Maharashtra and Bihar each.

The total number of coronavirus cases across the globe stood at at least 3,00,097 according to AFP, even as the official number in India rose to 396 on Sunday, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

While a ‘Janata Curfew’ was observed nationwide on Sunday from 7 am to 9 pm to curb the spread of COVID-19, several states decided to extend it.

Snapshot
  • PM Modi said the ‘Janta Curfew’ was just the beginning of a long battle, even as he lauded the people for their overwhelming response
  • All passenger train service have been cancelled till 31 March
  • Union Health Ministry, on Saturday, authorised private laboratories to test for COVID-19 under guidelines issued by ICMR
  • China reported its first domestic coronavirus case after a gap of three days
  • The global death toll has crossed 13,000, with an estimated at least 3,00,000 people infected

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Published: 22 Mar 2020, 1:54 AM IST
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