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NEW DELHI: Covid-19 infections continued to spike across the country, with 99 fresh cases reported from states on Monday — by far the highest for a single day — even as two more Covid-19 patients succumbed to the disease, taking the coronavirus death toll to nine so far. Almost the entire country was in lockdown after the government imposed restrictions in 606 districts.
Here is a look at the latest updates on the outbreak of coronavirus in India and around the world —
Centre advises states to impose curfew wherever necessary
As people continue to venture out despite lockdown, the Centre has advised state governments and union territory administrations to impose curfew wherever necessary in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
PM Modi to address nation at 8 PM on Tuesday
PM Narendra Modi will address the nation, second time in a week, at 8 PM on Tuesday on the coronavirus outbreak. “Will address the nation at 8 PM today, 24th March 2020, on vital aspects relating to the menace of COVID-19,” Modi tweeted. He had addressed the nation on efforts to combat the virus on March 19.
Mumbai records its third Covid-19 death
Mumbai recorded third Covid-19 death after a 65-year-old man passed away last evening. The patient had returned from UAE on March 15 to Ahmedabad and thereafter, came to Mumbai on March 20. He was admitted to Kasturba hospital on March 23 and died on the same day, civic officials confirmed.
446 active cases in the country
According to an update by the minister of health there are a total of 446 active coronavirus cases in the country as of March 24. So far 36 Covid-19 patients received treatment and were discharged. Nine people have lost their lives to the virus, while one person who tested positive migrated out of the country.
The count of coronavirus cases in the country stood close to 500, with 498 cases reported so far by the states. As many as 246 cases have surfaced in the past three days, accounting for nearly half of all cases reported since January 30.
Domestic air passenger arrested in Kochi for refusing to follow norms to check coronavirus spread
A 54-year-old domestic passenger was arrested at the airport here for allegedly refusing to follow instructions given by doctorsfor prevention of the spread of novel coronavirus, police said here on Tuesday.
Lami Arackal from Ernakulam, who landed from Chennai at the Cochin International Airport at Nedumbassery on Monday night, was arrested based on a complaint from health officials, they said. He was, however, later released on bail.
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Almost all Of India is in lockdown
More areas of India came under lockdown on Monday as the battle against Covid-19 entered a decisive phase with governments of Maharashtra and Punjab imposing curfew across their states. According to information provided by the Centre, 30 governments have imposed complete lockdown in the entire state/Union territory, covering 548 districts. Another three governments have brought certain areas under lockdown, covering total of 58 districts. India has 728 districts.
Lockdowns turn into curfews
On Monday, Punjab became the first in the country to impose curfew in the entire state with no relaxations and only exempted essential services to prevent the infection. Hours later, the Chandigarh, too, imposed its curfew, with effect from Monday midnight till further orders. Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray announced that curfew will be imposed in the entire state, also from Monday midnight. Puducherry imposed a curfew from 9:00 pm on Monday till March 31. Haryana and Himachal Pradesh also put curfews in place.
Manipur woman tests positive for coronavirus, first case in northeast
A 23-year-old woman tested positive for coronavirus in Manipur, the first confirmed case in the Northeast, officials said on Monday. The woman had recently returned from the UK, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences Director said. She had returned to Imphal via Delhi and Guwahati airports.
16 pvt labs with 15,000 centres get nod to test
Expanding the network of laboratories to test suspected Covid-19 cases, the government and its research wing— Indian Council of Medical Research — have so far approved 16 private diagnostic lab chains with over 15,000 collection centres spread across the country and more are in the process of approval, officials said.
Over 60 private laboratories have applied to the ICMR seeking approval. Besides, two companies have also secured approval from the ICMR for locally manufactured testing kits.
69 drugs identified to test against coronavirus
As many as 69 drugs and experimental compounds may be effective in treating the coronavirus. Some of the medications are already used to treat other diseases, and repurposing them to treat Covid-19 may be faster than trying to invent a new antiviral from scratch.
Ban imposed on flying of domestic commercial flights
Domestic commercial flights will stop flying from 11.59 pm on Tuesday till the same time on March 31. The Centre took this decision amid an increasing number of states announcing lockdowns and curfews that make commuting between cities and airports difficult for everyone — passengers, airline crew and all other stakeholders required to make air travel possible.
Scheduled international flights had been suspended on Sunday (March 22) for a week. When flights resume depends largely on how the pandemic unfolds.
1/5th of the world told to stay home
The hunt for masks, ventilators and other medical supplies consumed the US and Europe, as more than 1.5 billion people — one-fifth of the world’s population — were asked or ordered to stay home on Monday to try to blunt the spread of the coronavirus. Worldwide, over 3,67,000 people have been infected and more than 16,000 have died from the virus.

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