People, some wearing facemasks as a precautionary measure amid rising coronavirus concerns, at Sector 58, in Noida.(Virendra Singh Gosain / Hindustan Times)
People, some wearing facemasks as a precautionary measure amid rising coronavirus concerns, at Sector 58, in Noida.(Virendra Singh Gosain / Hindustan Times)

Number of Covid-19 cases soar to 341 in India: ICMR

The rise in the Covid-19 cases comes on a day millions of people kept themselves at the homes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed or a Janta Curfew to check the spread of the deadly virus.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 22, 2020 12:21 PM IST

The number of people confirmed with Covid-19 rose to 341 across India with 26 new cases from across the country reported so far, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Sunday.

Six people have died of the respiratory disease as of Sunday and 23 have been discharged from hospitals across the country.

One Covid-19 related death each was reported by Maharastra and Bihar but the Union ministry of health and family affair is yet to confirm the fatality in the eastern state.

Maharashtra recorded 10 new Sars-Cov-2 cases on Sunday morning taking the number of patients in the state to 74 so far.

Out of these 10 cases, six are from Mumbai and four from Pune. Five among them had travelled abroad and four came in contact with earlier positive cases. Details of the remaining one case are awaited.

The rise in the Covid-19 cases comes on a day millions of people kept themselves at the homes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed or a Janta Curfew to check the spread of the deadly virus.

Roads across India, including Mumbai and Delhi, were empty as Indian Railways stopped operating its trains and Metro services were suspended as well.

The Janta Curfew began at 7am on Sunday and will end at 9pm.

India reported its first Covid-19 case on January 30 from Kerala and two more cases were reported in the next couple of days.

All three were medical students from Wuhan, the Chinese city believed to be the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, who returned to their hometown in Kerala.

All three have recovered.

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