COVID-19 cases in India soar to 1024, 27 deaths; Centre orders 14-day quarantine for travellers during lockdown
The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in India soared to 1024, including 27 deaths on Sunday. Of these, 901 are active cases and 96 people have recovered, according to the Union Health Ministry.
In Delhi, 72 confirmed cases have been reported so far. Twenty-three COVID-19 cases were reported in the national capital on Sunday.
Maharashtra has reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases in India with 203 cases, including eight deaths and 35 recovered cases. Two deaths and 22 new cases were reported from the state on Sunday. In Kerala, 20 COVID-19 positive cases were reported on Sunday taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the state to 202, including 21 discharged cases.
As the country battles the coronavirus pandemic, the Centre on Sunday said that those who have violated the lockdown and traveled during the period of lockdown will be subjected to minimum 14 days of quarantine in government quarantine facilities.
The Centre has asked states to ensure that there is no movement of people across cities or on highways during the 21-day lockdown.
"However, there has been movement of migrant workers in some parts of the country. Directions were issued that district and state borders should be effectively sealed. States were directed to ensure there is no movement of people across cities or on highways. Only movement of goods should be allowed," the Information and Broadcasting Ministry said in a statement.
"States have been also told to ensure timely payment of wages to labourers at their place of work during the period of lockdown without any cut. House Rent should not be demanded from the labourers for this period. Action should be taken against those who are asking labourers or students to vacate the premises," the ministry added.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his monthly radio address to the nation "Mann Ki Baat", apologised for taking tough decisions of imposing the 21-day lockdown.
PM Modi said he feels sorry for the difficulties being faced by all, especially the poor owing to the lockdown.He reiterated that the battle against COVID-19 required some tough decisions.
"It was important to keep the people of India safe and expressed confidence that together India will defeat COVID-19. The Lockdown will keep the people as well as their families safe and those who are not following the rule of isolation will be in trouble," PM Modi cautioned.
On Saturday, COVID-19 cases in India was 918 and death toll 19.
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