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Coronavirus: Over 560 Districts Under Lockdown As PM Modi To Make Another Address

A Total Of 32 States And Union Territories Have Declared Complete Lockdown So Far Covering 560 Districts, In The Wake Of The Coronavirus Outbreak.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Pawas Kumar | Updated on: 24 Mar 2020, 11:24:09 AM

According to the data updated Tuesday morning, the total number of COVID-19 cases stood at 492 today. (Photo Credit: File Photo)

New Delhi:

More than 560 districts were placed under complete lockdown on Tuesday as nation prepared for another address by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The prime minister will address the nation at 8 PM today on vital aspects relating to the menace of COVID-19. This is the second time the prime minister will address the nation on coronavirus. He had addressed the nation on Thursday calling for a 14-hour Janata Curfew on Sunday. Nearly 500 coronavirus cases have been reported in India so far, according to Health Ministry data on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a total of 32 states and Union territories have declared complete lockdown so far covering 560 districts, in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, officials said on Tuesday. Three other states and UTs have imposed lockdowns in certain areas in their territories, covering 58 districts, and one UT has imposed closure of some activities in its jurisdiction.

"Following the central government''s communication to state governments and UTs, a total of 32 states and UTs have imposed complete lockdown covering 560 districts," a government official told PTI.

According to the data updated Tuesday morning, the total number of COVID-19 cases stood at 492. The figure includes at least 41 foreign nationals and the nine deaths reported so far, the Health Ministry said. The total number of active COVID-19 cases across the country now stands at 446, after over 22 fresh cases were reported. Thirty-six people have been cured/discharged/migrated, it added. As cases of the viral infection surged in the past few days, authorities have put almost the entire country under lockdown, banning gathering of people and suspending road, rail and air traffic till March 31. (WITH PTI INPUTS)

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First Published : 24 Mar 2020, 11:10:10 AM

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