New Delhi/Mumbai: The number of Coronavirus cases in India has reached 114. Whereas, the number of cases in Maharashtra has reached 39. The Union health ministry announced that 13 patients were completely cured of the disease. Whereas, Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar has announced that 53 Indian citizens stranded in Iran have been brought back. It has also been reported that the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, held a telephonic discussion with the Indian Foreign Minister regarding the pandemic.
The number of cases in Maharashtra has reached 39. In view of this, a decision to postpone the elections for village councils and municipalities in the state has been taken. At the same time, instructions have been issued by the state government to the district administrations, not to grant permissions for any political or religious functions. ₹450 million have been handed over to the divisional commissioners as the first instalment of the fund for the control of the Coronavirus pandemic. The union government had ordered to isolate passengers coming from seven countries. The decision to include passengers coming from Dubai, Saudi Arabia and the United States into the list has also been taken.
The union health ministry gave information regarding the status of the pandemic in the country during a press conference. There are 114 cases in the country, and they are already under treatment. The health ministry informed that 13 patients were completely cured of the disease. The health ministry assured that all the precautions are being taken and all the suspected patients have been placed under observation. The union health ministry also made an important announcement that citizens from member countries of the European Union, along with the United Kingdom and Turkey, will not be allowed to board Indian passenger airliners. The health ministry announced that this precaution is being taken to prevent further spread of the Coronavirus.
Measures like closure of schools, swimming pools and malls have been taken, and the companies are being requested by the health ministry to allow their employees to work from home. It has been reported that some of the IT and pharmaceutical companies have declared paid leaves for their employees, allowing them to work from home. The health ministry expressed confidence that this will reduce crowding in public transport and will facilitate containment of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, held telephonic discussions with Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar. The leaders discussed the situation faced because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Morgan Ortagus, the spokeswoman of the US state department, said that the leaders discussed as to what part India and the United States can play in containing the pandemic.