Coronavirus in India: confirmed cases 110, Mumbai and some other cities impose Section 144 to restrict gatherings

The number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country being 110 and thousands of people quarantined, the Ministry of Health is taking several measures as precaution to prevent its spread.
The ministry has issued a directive saying hospitals can release Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) patients only after two consecutive samples test negative within 24 hours. This has to be accompanied by clearance of chest radiography report and respiratory samples.
Thirteen persons have been cured and discharged so far. Odisha reported its first positive COVID-19 case on Monday.
Maharashtra, Kerala and Uttar Pradesh have reported the maximum number of cases with 32, 22 and 12 patients respectively from these states.
The Health Ministry has already tracked down over 4,000 contacts of confirmed COVID-19 patients and put them under surveillance.
Section 144 has been invoked in several districts of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through gatherings. Section 144 has been imposed in some parts of Mumbai.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced that India will contribute a fund of $10 million towards a joint fund with all the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations for fighting COVID-19 in the region.

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