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.
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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.
498 confirmed coronavirus cases in India
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.
The health ministry confirmed 468 cases, of which 40 are foreigners. On the brighter side, 35 patients have so far recovered and have been discharged, health ministry officials said.
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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.
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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