Coronavirus cases rose to 81 in India as authorities tighten check

NEW DELHI Indian authorities announced Friday that the number of novel coronavirus cases in the country rose to 81 including 16 Italians and one Canadian.

The Indian Health Ministry said in an update on COVID-19 that eight more confirmed cases were reported today taking the total number of coronavirus infected cases to 81 including three people from Kerala and seven others in a Delhi hospital who recovered.

Out of the 81 confirmed cases, 64 are Indian nationals, 16 Italian nationals and 1 Canadian national, the ministry added.

Earlier, authorities confirmed the first corona virus death of 76-year-old man from southern Indian state of Karnataka.

The authorities in Karnataka have taken all precautionary measures including screening at entry ports, home quarantine of the contacts.

In addition “Indian nationals are strongly advised to avoid all non-essential travel abroad and to refrain from travelling to countries reporting high cases and deaths as mentioned in the travel advisory issued by the government.” The authorities in the affected states of Kerala, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Punjab, jammu and Kashmir, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra have asked to close down schools and educational institutions.

Source: Kuwait News Agency