TC Bureau Delhi: Amid lockdown in most parts of India to deal with novel coronavirus threat, the Covid-19 tally has crossed the 500-mark with the first case coming to the fore from the North East on Tuesday. Over 30 fresh cases of novel coronavirus cases have been reported from across the country on Tuesday, taking India’s tally to 560. New cases have been reported from Jammu and Kashmir, Telangana, Punjab, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Manipur. India’s tally also includes the death toll which has climbed to 11.
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. Four more people tested positive for novel coronavirus in Noida on Tuesday. The number of coronavirus-infected persons has risen to 11 in the Gautam Buddh Nagar district.
Maharashtra, which has been the worst hit, reported ten new cases on Tuesday, taking the total of positive cases to past 107 — the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India so far. At 105, Kerala is close behind.Karnataka has 41 cases of coronavirus patients after four more persons tested positive for the deadly virus on Tuesday. The number of cases in Telangana has risen to 39, including 10 foreigners.
Uttar Pradesh has 35 positive cases, including a foreign national. Gujarat has reported 35 cases as well and Delhi has 29 patients, while Rajasthan has 32 positive cases, including two foreign nationals. In Haryana, there are 30 cases, including 14 foreigners, while Punjab has 29 cases.
Ladakh has 13 cases, while Tamil Nadu has 18 cases, including two foreigners. West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh have each reported nine cases so far.Chandigarh has six cases, while Andhra Pradesh reported seven cases. Jammu and Kashmir has seven cases.
Uttarakhand has reported five positive cases while there are two cases each in Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Odisha. Puducherry and Chhattisgarh have reported a case each. According to Health Ministry data on Tuesday, the total number of Covid-19 cases in India includes at least 41 foreign nationals. Thirty-six people have been cured/discharged/migrated, it added.
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.
At 99 cases on Monday, India saw the highest jump in its Covid-19 tally in a single day. India also reported three coronavirus-related deaths on Monday, taking the death toll to 10 as the number of coronavirus cases climbed to 499.
21 DAY NATIONAL LOCKDOWN IMPOSED
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a complete lockdown across the country for 21 days from Tuesday midnight, asserting that social distancing is the only way out for the country to fight a decisive battle against coronavirus outbreak.
In his second national broadcast in a week on the pandemic raging across much of the world with the number of infections rising in India, Modi made a fervent appeal to the countrymen not to cross the ‘lakshman rekha’ of their homes in the next three weeks.
“If the situation is not handled in these 21 days, the country and your family could go back by 21 years. If situation is not handled in these 21 days, several families will get devastated forever,” he said underlining the massive danger the coronavirus poses.
“Jaan hai toh jahan hai (the world exists only when we live),” he said, recalling a Hindi idiom to stress on the significance of his appeal.
The Centre and state governments have taken measures to ensure that the supply of all essential items continue smoothly, he said, seeking to allay apprehensions among people about availability of food and other essential provisions.