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Coronavirus: cases increase to 415; most of India under lockdown | India News


NEW DELHI: COVID cases in India rose to 415, the Union Health Ministry said, as much of the country closed Monday with the Center warning of legal action against those who violate restrictions imposed to reduce the pandemic, that it has claimed more than 14,500 lives worldwide.

Punjab on Monday became the first in the country to impose a curfew across the state without relaxation and only exempted essential services to prevent infection, which so far has killed seven people in the country.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi also called on state governments to ensure that the coronavirus blockade rules and regulations are followed, noting that many people do not take the measure seriously.

“Many people still don’t take the blockade seriously. Please save yourself, your family, follow the instructions seriously. I ask state governments to ensure compliance with laws and regulations,” he said in a tweet. in Hindi.

Faced with the unprecedented situation that emerged from the breakdown of the coronavirus, the Center and state governments have decided to take extraordinary measures and impose restrictions.

Delhi, Jharkhand and Nagaland declared a state-wide blockade, while similar restrictions were announced in several districts of Bihar, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. Several states, including Maharashtra, Kerala, Rajasthan, and Uttarakhand, had previously imposed a partial or complete blockade.

Those living in 80 districts across the country, including the national capital Mumbai, Bangalore, and Chennai, have been subjected to travel and movement restrictions, and authorities suspended all passenger trains and interstate bus services until Dec. 31. March.

The Center has issued instructions to state governments, asking them to take legal action against those who violate the closure orders.

“States have been asked to strictly enforce the blockade in the areas where it has been announced. Legal measures will be taken against violators,” the Press Information Bureau, the government’s communications wing, tweeted.

The country registered 55 new cases from different parts, bringing the count to 415, which includes 41 foreign citizens and seven deaths. Gujarat, Bihar and Maharashtra each reported one death on Sunday.

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The ministry said four deaths were previously reported from Karnataka, Delhi, Maharashtra and Punjab, adding that the total number also includes 24 people who have been cured, discharged or migrated.

The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) said 18,383 samples have been analyzed as of 10 a.m. on Monday.

The total number of new positive coronavirus cases includes 67 in Maharashtra, including three foreigners, and Kerala also 67, with seven foreign citizens, data released by the ministry showed.

As of Monday morning, Delhi had reported 29 positive cases, including a foreigner, while Uttar Pradesh recorded 28, also including a foreigner, it added. Rajasthan reported 27 cases, of which two are foreigners. Telangana denounced 26 cases, including 11 foreigners. Karnataka has 26 coronavirus patients, the ministry said.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court ordered all states and UTs to establish high-level committees to determine the class of prisoners who could be paroled, in a bid to decongest prisons to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

He also said that prisoners convicted of or accused of crimes with a prison sentence of up to 7 years can receive probation. The court also ordered a high-level committee to work in consultation with the State Legal Service Authority for the release of prisoners.

Times of India