A police personnelstand guard at a checkpoint following Punjab State government order for a complete lockdown till March 31, with the exception of essential services and commodities, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Amritsar on March 23, 2020. (Photo by NARINDER NANU/AFP via Getty Images)
THE number of COVID-19 cases in India has increased to 415 on Monday (23) from 360 cases on Sunday evening, , the health ministry said.
The figure includes 41 foreign nationals and seven deaths.
In the wake of the alarming situation, Indian government on Monday asked state governments to strictly enforce lockdown and take legal action against violators.
The government on Sunday decided to completely lock down 80 districts across the country where coronavirus cases have been reported till March 31.
National capital Delhi will be locked down from 6 am on March 23 and continue till midnight on March 31. Some other states have also enforced lockdown.
Gujarat, Bihar and Maharashtra reported a death each on Sunday. Four fatalities were reported earlier from Karnataka, Delhi, Maharashtra and Punjab, the ministry said.
The 415 figure also includes 24 people who have been cured, discharged or migrated, it said.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said 18,383 samples have been tested till 10 am on Monday.
Prime minister Narendra Modi has appealed to state governments to ensure that rules and regulations of the coronavirus lockdown are enforced as he noted that many people are not taking the measure seriously.
“Many people are still not taking the lockdown seriously. Please save yourself, save your family, follow the instructions seriously. I request state governments to ensure rules and laws are followed,” he tweeted in Hindi.
लॉकडाउन को अभी भी कई लोग गंभीरता से नहीं ले रहे हैं। कृपया करके अपने आप को बचाएं, अपने परिवार को बचाएं, निर्देशों का गंभीरता से पालन करें। राज्य सरकारों से मेरा अनुरोध है कि वो नियमों और कानूनों का पालन करवाएं।