Fourth death from COVID-19 in India, 72 year old dies in Punjab

A 72-year-old in Punjab’s Nawanshahar died on Thursday from Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), making it the fourth death from the virus in India. The 72-year old reportedly visited Germany and Italy a week ago. The number of COVID-19 cases in India increased to 169 on Thursday.
Maharashtra and Kerala are two worst-hit states with 44 and 25 COVID-19 cases respectively.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting with chief ministers of all the states on Friday to discuss the situation.
No international flights will be allowed to land in India from March 22 for one week, it was decided.
Various state governments have shut down public places like malls, cinemas, gyms and swimming pools. Places of worship have been closed in some cities.
Around 168 trains have been cancelled across the country to restrict movement of people between states.
The Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh was shut down for three days starting Thursday. Rajasthan has imposed Section 144 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) to prevent gatherings.
Congress leader P Chidambaram on Thursday requested the Centre to order an “immediate lockdown” on all towns and cities to check the spread of COVID-19.

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