Coronavirus update: Lockdown for 75 districts

India death toll at 6

By DTE Staff
Published: Sunday 22 March 2020

The Union government on March 22, 2020 sought to lock down 75 districts across India where people have tested for the novel coronavirus (SARS-COV-2). The Union Cabinet Secretariat also informed that until March 31:

  • All train services, including sub-urban rail services, would be suspended. Goods trains would be exempted.
  • All metro rail services would be suspended.  State Governments would issue orders allowing only essential services to operate in the 75 districts.
  • Inter-state passenger transport would also be suspended.

India tally

There have been 341 positive cases detected in India from 16,999 samples collected from 16,109 individuals, according to Indian Council of Medical Research.

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, meanwhile, stuck to 324 cases (as of March 22 morning), 41 of whom were foreigners. Maharashtra accounted for 60 of those cases while Kerala had 45 cases. Delhi (26), Uttar Pradesh (24) and Karnataka (20) also had high numbers.

The novel coronavirus disease’s footprint was now absent only in a few regions in the country: The seven northeastern states, Jharkhand, Goa, Sikkim and the Union territories of Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep.

A 63-year-old man, who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus (SARS-COV-2), died at a private hospital on March 21, 2020 night, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai said on March 22. The patient, admitted on March 19, was diabetic with a history of ischemic heart disease. He had developed an acute respiratory distress syndrome.

Another patient from Munger district in Bihar died at All-India Institute of Medical Sciences Patna. The hospital said the 38-year-old had arrived from Qatar.

Punjab lockdown

Punjab followed Rajasthan to lock down the entire state until March 31. Chief Minister Amarindewr Singh said essential services would be exempt. 

Africa count

There were 1,198 positive cases in the continent, according to the African Centre for DIsease Control across 41 countries and two territories. Egypt has 294 cases, South AFrica 240, Algeria 102, Burkina Faso 75, Tunisia 60 , Senegal 56 and Reunion 47 cases. The death toll was at 37, with Algeria accounting for 15 deaths.  

Global scenario

The worldwide death toll jumped by about 2,000 to 13,068. The total number of positive cases crossed another milestone to 308,257 of whom 95,828 have recovered. The spike was driven by the United States, which reported 2,685 new cases.



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