As the number of deaths due to coronavirus topped 7,000, countries across the globe are increasing precautionary measures to tackle the pandemic.
Mumbai| India has reported 126 coronavirus cases and three deaths. With the new cases, there are now 39 cases in Maharashtra, the highest in the country.
A 64-year-old person, who was tested positive in Maharashtra, passed away at Kasturba Hospital. The man had returned from Dubai. Maharashtra has the highest number of positive cases in the country. Before this, a man in Karnataka and a woman in Delhi had succumbed to the infection.
Most schools and entertainment facilities, including cinemas, have already been closed across India, the world’s second-most populous country with 1.3 billion people.
The death in Maharashtra comes as the number of COVID-19 cases rose to 125 in India. Last week two people – a 68-year-old woman in Delhi and a 76-year-old woman in Karnataka – died. Both the deaths were linked to COVID-19, which originated in China’s Wuhan city at a meat market in December.
Amid widespread scare, the centre on Monday declared a countrywide lockdown of schools, colleges, gyms and swimming pools — crowded areas that could allow for the exponential spread of the virus. The government had last week declared the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country a “notified disaster”, in a move it called “a special one-time dispensation”.
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In the country, the infection has moved to stage two where infections being reported had essentially been transmitted from imported cases.
Authorities are on a war footing to contain the outbreak in stage three — community transmission — as is happening in Iran, Korea, United States of America (US) and many parts of Europe, with the last stage being an epidemic, which devastated China.
India has 128 cases of coronavirus and has reported three deaths so far. A total of 13 patients in the country have recovered successfully.
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