New Delhi , Mar 23 : The total number of Covid-19 cases in India rose to 415 on Monday, with 15 more people testing positive in Maharashtra. The Centre has also ordered all states to enforce lockdown strictly. Legal action would be taken against violators, said a government notification after Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that some people were still not taking the lockdown seriously. He urged people to protect themselves and their families and follow instructions laid down by the government.
The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government has already put the national capital under a lockdown for nine days — from today until March 31 — as a measure to contain the transmission of Covid-19. Several other states, including Maharashtra and Uttarakhand, are also under a lockdown. State leaders have urged citizens not to rush to villages or gather in crowds in general to prevent the spread of the virus.
Maharashtra has reported the highest number of Covid-19 cases at 89, followed by Kerala at 52. Delhi has reported 30 positive cases, while Uttar Pradesh has recorded 27 cases. Telangana has reported 22 cases, Rajasthan 24, and Karnataka 26 coronavirus patients.
Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic has continued to spread in locked-down Italy, with the total cumulative number of infected cases reaching 59,138 and deaths 5,476. Globally, more than 337,553 people have contracted the novel coronavirus and at least 14,654 have died.
(With agency inputs )