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Coronavirus update: 137 cases & 3 deaths in India, virus enters new territories

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The Ministry of Health on Tuesday informed that 137 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported across the country, with the highest number of 36 cases reported from Maharashtra. Notably, the western state also registered the death of a 64-year-old man due to the deadly virus on Tuesday taking the total death toll in the country to 3.

According to the health ministry, 113 Indians have been found infected with the virus. This apart, 24 foreign nationals have been found coronavirus positive in the country. The Centre’s official data also suggests that 14 people who were infected with the virus have been cured and discharged.

Apart from Maharashtra, the second-highest number of 24 cases have been reported from the southern state of Kerala, followed by Uttar Pradesh’s 14, Karnataka’s 11 and Delhi’s 8. Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh reported three and six confirmed cases, respectively, till 5.15 pm on Tuesday.

S. No. Name of State / UT Total Confirmed cases (Indian National) Total Confirmed cases ( Foreign National ) Cured/
Discharged
Death
1 Andhra Pradesh 1 0 0 0
2 Delhi 8 0 2 1
3 Haryana 1 14 0 0
4 Karnataka 11 0 0 1
5 Kerala 24 2 3 0
6 Maharashtra 36 3 0 1
7 Odisha 1 0 0 0
8 Punjab 1 0 0 0
9 Rajasthan 2 2 3 0
10 Tamil Nadu 1 0 0 0
11 Telangana 3 2 1 0
12 Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir 3 0 0 0
13 Union Territory of Ladakh 6 0 0 0
14 Uttar Pradesh 14 1 5 0
15 Uttarakhand 1 0 0 0
Total number of confirmed cases in India 113 24 14 3

The deadly virus is covering new geographies every day and positive cases of the virus have been reported from 15 states and union territories so far. Notably, there were reports of Puducherry registering its first confirmed case of the virus on Tuesday. However, the same was not included in the update provided by the Health Ministry.

The Union government also issued a fresh travel advisory restricting entry of passengers from Afghanistan, Philippines and Malaysia till March 31. It was also informed that over 13.54 lakh passengers have been screened so far for the deadly virus at airports across the country.

The government has requested citizens to maintain hand hygiene and not to panic. It has also asked citizens to avoid travel and crowded places to curtail the spread of the virus. Many states have already closed schools, colleges and universities. Also, government offices are being equipped with thermal scanners to be used to detect suspected cases.

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