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Coronavirus Pandemic | Total Number Of Confirmed Cases In India Mounts To 396

The National Exercise To Counter The COVID-19 Threat Was Suggested By Prime Minister Narendra Modi On Thursday.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Pawas Kumar | Updated on: 23 Mar 2020, 12:02:58 AM
Janata Curfew

All businesses and government establishments, expect those dealing in essential items and services, will remain shut today. (Photo Credit: ANI)

New Delhi:

Indians all over the country are staying indoors as part of a self-imposed quarantine to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. The 'Janata Curfew' began at 7 am on Sunday morning and will last till 9 pm. The national exercise to counter the COVID-19 threat was suggested by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday. The 'Janata Curfew' is an attempt to break the chain of coronavirus infections.

Meanwhile, two people, a 63-year-old man from Mumbai and a 38-year-old man in Patna, died due to coronavirus taking the total number of deaths in country to six. According to government data, there have been 341 positive cases in the countryr so far.

All businesses and government establishments, expect those dealing in essential items and services, will remain shut today. There will be no metro trains Delhi, Bengaluru and other cities today. Railways has stopped all trains - long-distance or suburban - will run, for today. Several airlines including IndiGo and GoAir have said they will either operate in minimum capacity or cancel all flights.

The Prime Minister has also asked citizens to stand at their doors, windows and balconies at 5 pm and clap, clang utensils or ring bells in a show of support to those providing essential services while the entire country is on a self-quarantine mode.

Just minutes before the start of the Janata curfew, PM Narendra Modi tweeted: "In a few minutes from now, the #JantaCurfew commences. Let us all be a part of this curfew, which will add tremendous strength to the fight against COVID-19 menace. The steps we take now will help in the times to come. Stay indoors and stay healthy. #IndiaFightsCorona."

Time limit of refunds at counters in case of train cancellations has been extended from existing 3 days to 3 months. No need to rush: Indian Railways

A person has been arrested under section 151 of CrPC for spreading misinformation about a girl being infected with Covid19 in Dalanwala area of Dehradun in Uttarakhand: Police


We've mailed to chairperson of Rajya Sabha that we are not going to attend Parliament session either in Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha from tomorrow.Let the House be declared sine die. How can Parliament function when the country is in lockdown?: Sudip Bandyopadhyay,TMC MP

A curfew will remain in place in Pune city of Maharashtra from 9 PM today to 5 AM tomorrow. No one except people discharging essential duties will be allowed to come out on the streets during this period: Pune Joint Police Commissioner Ravindra Shisve


Delhi: The ongoing protest near Shiv Mandir at Nizamuddin West, against CAA, NRC and NPR, has been temporarily called off in the wake of #CoronavirusPandemic. The organisers say that they will continue to register their protest from their houses through social media.

West Bengal: Three more people in the state test positive for Coronavirus. The three are the father, mother and the domestic help of a resident of Ballygunge, Kolkata who had returned from London and had tested positive. The number of positive cases in the state rises to 7.

Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel: Besides essential services all other activities will remain suspended in the state. Section 144 of CrPC will be imposed in the state till March 31.


Kerala: Prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC have been imposed in Kasaragod and Kozhikode districts of the state to restrict gathering at public places.


Jharkhand govt announces a lockdown till 31st March. Movement of all public transport prohibited. All shops, commercial institutions, offices, factories, godowns, weekly markets to remain closed. All places of worship to stay closed for devotees during this period.

We have conducted 15,000-17,000 tests so far. We have the capacity to conduct 10,000 tests per day, it means we can conduct 50,000-70,000 per week: Indian Council of Medical Research Director-General Balram Bhargava

The 5% who get admitted to the hospital are given supportive treatment and in some cases, new medicines are being given: ICMR Director-General Balram Bhargava

It is essential to understand the ailment. 80% of the people will experience cold-like fever & they will recover. 20% may experience cough, cold, fever & some of them may be needed to be admitted to hospital: ICMR Director-General Balram Bhargava

Central government has asked state governments to issue directions to the 75 districts that have positive cases to stop all services except the emergency services: Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry.

To break the chain of transmission, the easiest method is to isolate the people coming from outside. The virus is not present in the air, it can be transmitted through droplets released: Indian Council of Medical Research Director-General Balram Bhargava

One person from Jodhpur has been tested positive for #Coronavirus today. Total 26 positive cases have been reported in the state till now: Rohit Singh, Additional Chief Secretary of Rajasthan Health Department.



Coronavirus affected districts: 


Karnataka- Bengaluru,KalaburagiKodagu, Chikkaballapur, Mysore


UP- Ghaziabad, Moradabad, Noida, Varanasi, Lucknow, Rampur.


Bihar- Munger


MP- Bhopal, Jabalpur


Kerala- Pathanamthitta, Kasargod Ernakulam, Malappuram, Kannur Kottayam,


Thiruvananthapuram 


Srinagar, Jammu district, Leh and Kargil. 


Odisha- Khorda, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Angul, Ghanjam

Total number of confirmed cases so far in the country, as on 22nd March at 2.30 PM (including foreign nationals) is 341: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Maharashtra has extended the 'Janata Curfew' till tomorrow morning. Section 144 will be imposed in Maharashtra from midnight. Also no flight outside of India will be allowed to land in Mumbai.

Delhi Metro rail service to remain closed till March 31.

Uttarakhand decided to continue the Janata Curfew in the entire state till March 31. 

The government of India has decided extend the lockdown in the 75 districts affected by coronavirus. It has also suspended all inter-state buses till March 31.

Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath to hold high-level review meeting in evening on coronavirus scare. Many important decisions could be taken during the meeting. According to sources, CM Aditynath will talk to media after the review meeting.  

Chandigarh administration orders lockdown. All non-essential establishments including offices, schools, colleges, factories and other business establishments etc to remain closed till March 31. All public transport has also been suspended. Essential services including vegetable shops, ration shops, chemists will remain open.

Delhi's Akshardham temple has been closed due to coronavirus. It won't be open to public till March 31.

Indian Railways had decided to cancel all passenger trains till March 31 due to Covid-19.


Congress leader Jitin Prasada and his wife Neha Prasada have tested negative for coronavirus. Jitin was under self-quarantine after attending the party where singer Kanika Kapoor was present.



The special Air India flight carrying 263 Indian students that took off from Rome has landed at Delhi airport



Janta Curfew is being observed across the country today. It is a battle against coronavirus. Social distancing is the best way to defeat the pandemic and prevent its spread. State govt has taken all essential measures to fight COVID-19: UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath





Visuals and images are coming in from all over India.









Maharashtra: Deserted roads in Nagpur following commencement of Janta Curfew from 7 am today.



Emergency services including fire, ambulance and hospitals will operate and they will respond to calls for help and assistance. 

Several state governments have ordered to shut down non-essential shops, malls, shopping spaces, cinemas, gymnasiums, pubs etc to help the 'curfew' as holiday.

If you or anyone you know displays any symptoms similar to the novel coronavirus call helpline nos -- +91-11-23978046 and Toll Free No: 1075. 

The self-imposed curfew will start at 7am on Sunday and continue till 9 pm. People will not step out of the house other than for essential services. 

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First Published : 22 Mar 2020, 07:32:35 AM