No foreign flights from March 22
India has recorded its fourth death due to the COVID-19, the Health Ministry confirmed Thursday. The 70-year-old patient hailed from Punjab and had co-morbid conditions including diabetes and cardiac issues, the ministry said. The number of positive cases in India jumped to 173 on Thursday.
In an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the Central government barred all scheduled international commercial passenger aircraft to land in India from March 22 for one week. Further, it asked the state governments to issue directions that citizens above the age of 65, except for public representatives, govt servants, medical professionals, and children below age 10 should remain indoors.
A first positive case was reported in Chhattisgarh. Fresh cases were reported in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka as well. In Tamil Nadu, authorities have identified what they call is a "domestic case." Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today address the nation to talk about steps being taken against the virus.
For the first time since the coronavirus crisis began, China — the epicenter of the infection — on Thursday reported no new local cases. It, however, registered 34 cases imported from abroad, the biggest daily increase in two weeks, according to the National Health Commission. Globally, coronavirus has spread to 140 countries, infecting 2.22 lakh and killing over 9,000 people, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.
(Inputs from theindianexpress.com and image from mymahanagar.com)