Total COVID-19 Cases In India Nears 500, Many States & UTs Under Lockdown

Amid lockdown in most parts of India, the Covid-19 tally has crossed the 500-mark with the first case coming to the fore from the North East.

New Delhi| The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday said India reported nearly 500 COVID-19 cases so far. As per the data updated on Tuesday morning, the total number of COVID-19 cases stood at 492.

Over 10 fresh cases of novel coronavirus cases have been reported from across the country on Tuesday morning, taking India’s tally to 511. New cases have been reported from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat and Manipur. India’s tally also includes the death toll which rose to 10 on Monday after three more coronavirus deaths.

The figure includes at least 41 foreign nationals and the nine deaths reported so far, the Health Ministry said.

A 23-year-old, with a travel history to the UK, tested positive for novel coronavirus on Tuesday the first confirmed case of infection reported from North East India. The 23-year-old from Manipur is stable and is being treated, officials have said.

As many as 30 states and Union Territories have ordered complete lockdown under their jurisdiction in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

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The extreme measures by the central and state governments were taken in light of the continued upward trajectory of the virus, amid warning of legal action against those violating the restrictions imposed during the lockdown.

Meanwhile, the Union Health Ministry has announced that the government has stepped measures to ensure the testing and treatment of Covid-19 cases. The ministry said that 12 private-lab chains have been registered for testing coronavirus cases. These 12 labs have 15,000 collection centres.

As cases of the viral infection surged in the past few days, authorities have put almost the entire country under lockdown, banning gathering of people and suspending road, rail and air traffic till March 31.

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