Bengal reported its first coronavirus-linked death on Monday taking India’s death toll in COVID-19 cases to eight. The 55-year-old man was admitted at a private hospital in Kolkata and was tested coronavirus positive on Saturday.
According to the Health Ministry, the number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 433 on Monday with the Centre warning of legal action against those violating the lockdown which has been enforced till March 31 to curtail the pandemic. Violators could either face a fine of Rs 1,000 or a jail term of six months if they do not abide by the lockdown orders, the government said. All domestic commercial flights would remain suspended from Wednesday to restrict inter-state movement as a precautionary measure.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged citizens to take the lockdown measures seriously to ensure everyone’s well-being. “I urge the state government to do the same,” he tweeted. The Ministry of Health also confirmed that the death of a Philippines national in Mumbai was not due to coronavirus but kidney failure, although the patient did test positive later.
In a slew of extraordinary measures to battle the coronavirus threat, which has claimed seven lives so far, the Centre has announced a complete lockdown in 19 States and Union Territories and partial curfew in four others. All passenger trains, inter-state buses and metro services across the country have also been suspended till March 31. Delhi, Jharkhand, Punjab, Chandigarh, Kerala, Meghalaya, and Nagaland have declared a statewide lockdown, exempting only essential services, while similar curbs were announced in a number of districts in Bihar, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.