Coronavirus in India: Fresh cases in Maharashtra take total Covid-19 cases to 172

The confirmed number of coronavirus positive cases in India increased to 172 after fresh cases were reported in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Chandigarh.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The confirmed number of novel coronavirus cases in India rises to 172
  • Cases include seven Indonesians who tested positive in Telangana
  • Chandigarh has reported its first positive case of novel coronavirus

he total number of reported novel coronavirus cases in India has climbed to 172 after Maharashtra reported two more positive cases on Thursday morning.

Total cases in India include 32 foreign nationals — 17 from Italy, seven from Indonesia, three from the Philippines, two from the UK, one each belonging to Canada, Indonesia, and Singapore. India’s tally of 170 also includes three deaths reported from Delhi, Karnataka, and Maharashtra.

As many as 16 people have been discharged so far, including the three patients from Kerala who were discharged last month.

Chandigarh reported its first case on Thursday with a 23-year-old woman testing positive for the novel coronavirus. The Chandigarh resident had recently returned from the UK.

Two more, meanwhile, tested positive for Covid-19 in Maharashtra on Thursday. With this, Maharashtra now has 47 cases, including three foreigners.

Another positive case was reported in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the state to two — one each in Nellore and Prakasam districts.

Kashmir on Wednesday recorded its first positive case for novel coronavirus in Srinagar. The mayor of Srinagar Municipal Corporation informed on Twitter that a Srinagar resident had tested positive. The mayor asked people of Srinagar to stay at their homes from Thursday morning and do not venture out unnecessarily. The first case in Kashmir took Jammu and Kashmir’s tally to four. The Union Territory of Ladakh, meanwhile, has reported eight positive cases so far.

Telangana saw the highest number of reported cases on Wednesday after a group of seven Indonesians and a youth, who returned from Scotland, tested positive for Covid-19. The number of coronavirus cases in Telangana has now reached 13. An Indonesian citizen, who was part of the group, had already positive for the virus on Tuesday.

Kerala has recorded 27 cases which include two foreign nationals. No new case has been reported in Kerala for the last two days.

Delhi has so far reported 10 cases which include one foreigner, while Uttar Pradesh has recorded 17 cases, also including one foreigner.

With three fresh cases on Wednesday, Rajasthan has now seven cases, two foreigners. Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Uttarakhand, and Punjab have reported one case each. Karnataka has 14 coronavirus patients. In Haryana, there are 17 cases, which include fourteen foreigners.

As per the Union Health Ministry, over 5,700 people, who had come in contact with these positive cases, continue to be under rigorous surveillance.

ARMY SOLDIER TESTS POSITIVE

The Indian Army reported its first coronavirus case after a 34-year-old soldier of Ladakh Scout regiment tested positive, prompting the force to strengthen its check and prevention mechanism and suspend war games and training activities. An Army officer attached to the College of Military Engineering in Pune was also on Wednesday asked for self-quarantine after he showed symptoms of flu.

The soldier from the Ladakh Scout regiment tested positive for the virus after he came in contact with his father, who had returned from a pilgrimage in Iran by an Air India flight on February 20 and tested positive for Covid-19, army sources had said.

A resident of Chuhot village in Leh, the soldier was on leave from February 25 and rejoined duty on March 2, sources said, adding that he was quarantined on March 7 and tested positive on March 16. Even the soldier’s brother has tested positive, the sources had said.

WHAT ABOUT INDIANS STRANDED ABROAD

As far as Indians stranded abroad, the Ministry of External Affairs has said the total number of citizens infected by coronavirus overseas is 276 — 255 in Iran, 12 in UAE, five in Italy, and one each in Hong Kong, Kuwait, Rwanda, and Sri Lanka.

Giving the details of Indians in Iran, one of the worst affected countries by a coronavirus, the MEA said the stranded nationals include about 1,100 pilgrims mainly from Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Maharashtra.

There are also nearly 300 students primarily from J&K, about 1,000 fishermen, including from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, and others who are on a long-term stay in Iran for pursuing their livelihood and religious studies, he added.

As of March 16, 389 Indians, including 205 pilgrims and 183 students, have been repatriated in four batches onboard special flights of the Indian Air Force and Iranian airlines, he said.

EFFECT ON EDUCATION SECTOR

With most of the schools and colleges shut down, the Human Resource Development Ministry has announced that it will launch e-classes on Swayam Prabha DTH channels for school students, while the CBSE has postponed class 10 and 12 board exams and said the examination will be rescheduled after March 31.

The HRD Ministry’s National Testing Agency (NTA) also postponed the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE-Main) for admission to IITs and engineering colleges.

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