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New Delhi: The Northeastern state of Sikkim has been put among six Indian states on high alert by the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) as the number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the country shot up to 31 so far.

The MHA issued an alert for the six states, which includes West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Sikkim and Uttarakhand, with an advisory on the do’s and don’t’s to stop the spread of the disease.

At least 31 cases of coronavirus have been reported so far; the number includes the three initial cases from Kerala who have since recovered and have been discharged.

One case each in New Delhi, Gurgaon and Hyderabad, six from Agra and 17 people from Jaipur (a group of 16 Italians and one Indian) and a new case of the virus has been reported from UP’s Ghaziabad.

Meanwhile, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan has assured that the government is taking all necessary steps to prevent the spread of the virus.

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