The number of people affected by the Coronavirus in India are rapidly on the rise. The total number of confirmed cases has steeply risen to 114, with the highest number of cases in Maharashtra (37). Kerala stands second in line, with 23 confirmed cases.
First COVID-19 Cases Reported in Uttarakhand and Odisha
Meanwhile, the virus has set foot in two new states; Uttarakhand and Odisha have reported their first cases.
On Monday, March 16, 2020, Odisha reported its first COVID-19 positive case in Bhubaneshwar. As per reports, the 31-year-old man, who was studying in Italy, reached Delhi on 6 March and was quarantined in the National Capital, where he tested negative. The man then returned to Odisha by train on 12 March to avoid further scrutiny. The following day, he showcased symptoms of the disease including fever and cold. He was then immediately admitted to Capital hospital in Bhubaneshwar, where his blood and swab samples were sent for examination, which confirmed the infection.
In Uttarakhand, a trainee at the Forest Research Institute, had just returned from a study tour to Spain, Finland and Russia, when he tested positive for the virus. Reportedly, all other 61 others who had travelled along with him have been placed under quarantine.
Steps Taken By Respective State Governments To Contain The Spread Of The Virus
The pandemic has been assuming frightening proportions in India and all over the globe. The Indian Government has been taking maximum steps to ensure safety of its citizens. Several schools, cinema halls, malls and gyms have been shut till March 31, 2020, in many states in the country. Even gatherings of more than 50 people are being disallowed. Did you know that Section 144 Imposed In Mumbai Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak?
Many states in India have also invoked the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, including the Uttarakhand government, which will enable them to enforce advisories as and when needed.