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COVID 19 : Confirmed cases rise to 271 in India

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NEW DELHI :

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India on Saturday rose to 271, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

The deaths reported so far in the country due to the disease is four, while the total number of people who have recovered, discharged is 22, the Health Ministry said while one such patient has migrated so far.

As per the government, a total number of passengers screened at the airport so far amount to 14,59,993. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday during his address to the nation regarding COVID-19 requested

citizens to stay at home and further urged the entire population to observe ‘Janata Curfew’ on March 22, Sunday, as a major social distancing measure against the disease.

The government has also announced that all international flights will be barred from landing in the country for a week beginning 0001 hours on March 22 up to March 29.

Malls in the national capital have been shut down in view of preventing coronavirus spread, however, pharmacies, grocery stores and vegetable shops housed in them will continue to function.

On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also held a video conference with the Chief Ministers of states to review the situation with respect to the preparedness and measures against the disease outbreak.

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