Strict lockdown to be enforced in parts of Maharashtra

New Delhi: Addressing both Houses of Parliament on the status of coronavirus in India till Thursday, Union health and family welfare minister Dr Harsh Vardhan informed that 29 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the country.

So far, a total of 3,542 samples have been sent for testing, of which 29 have been found to be positive for COVID-19. Testing of 92 samples is in process and 23 samples are being reconfirmed, said a PIB release.

“Universal screening has been mandated since 4th March 2020 [Wednesday] and has started in most airports from yesterday [Wednesday] evening. It should stabilize today with additional staff being provided by the States,” informed Dr Vardhan.

Also, in addition to travel-related COVID-19 cases, some instances of community transmission have also been observed, it has been decided to involve district collectors and states have been asked to form rapid response teams as the district, block and village levels, informed the health minister.

Further, for engaging private sector for COVID-19 management, a meeting will be held later in the day with key partners.



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