Thirty-six people have been cured/discharged/migrated, it added. "I request state governments to ensure rules and laws are followed", Modi said in a tweet in Hindi.
Coronavirus outbreak: Latest updatesThe scientists said projections could change as the country conducts more testing, while also putting in place stricter restrictions and measures to stem the spread of the virus.
The death toll due to the novel coronavirus pandemic rose to nine on Monday after West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh reported a casualty each, while the number of confirmed cases soared to 468, the Union Health Ministry said. The restrictions shall not apply to exclusively cargo carrying flights. Police turned back those who couldn't show a valid reason for travelling. The move will help Indian companies produce kits and supply them to private and government laboratories.
Don't Fire Workers: PM to Industry Leaders Prime Minister Modi called on industry leaders and other stakeholders not to fire workers and said the outbreak's effects on the economy will be felt for some time to come, with sectors such as tourism, construction and hospitality being hit. He asked companies to maintain production of essential commodities and ensure there is no hoarding.
The states will invoke Sections 188 and 269 of the Indian Penal Code, which are both bailable. As many as 30 states and union territories, totaling 548 districts, imposed total lockdowns.
India has reported 471 cases of coronavirus, but health experts have said that a big jump could be imminent, which would overwhelm the underfunded and crumbling public health infrastructure. Maharashtra's district borders will also be sealed, further restricting travel. On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia announced that mosques would no longer receive worshippers for the customary five daily prayers or the weekly Friday congregation, aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus which has infected 274 people in the kingdom. Taking to Twitter, he asked people to save their lives and of their family members by remaining indoors.
All violations should be met with legal action, the Cabinet Secretary told the states and Uts.
Stepping up its efforts to tackle the unprecedented situation arising out of the coronavirus breakout, the aviation ministry announced that no domestic commercial passenger flight would be allowed to operate in the country from March 25 onward.
Like Punjab, Delhi, and Maharashtra, other chief ministers have also urged the people to strictly follow the restrictions, warning that action will be taken against the violators. "Arresting someone and taking them to the police station can act as a deterrent to others though they will be given bail there", one state police chief said. These sections imply negligent acts and malignant acts respectively, to spread infection of disease risky to life. Issuing a message to people of Maharashtra, through social media, Thackeray said, "Today I am compelled to announce a statewide curfew".
A strict curfew has been imposed in 75 districts spread over 12 states including Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Chattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerela, and Madhya Pradesh.
Kerala has so far reported 97 positive cases from the state, the highest in the country.