New Delhi: Karnataka government on Wednesday enforced a lockdown, shutting down all public places including malls, theatre, schools and colleges as COVID-19 cases in the state rose to 13. The total number of cases in the country have spiked to 151, a day after the country reported its third death due to the virus, the Health Ministry informed. State authorities, however, confirmed fresh cases in Noida, Pune and Bengaluru, which could take the number higher.
The global toll has crossed 8,000, with over 2,00,000 people infected. China continues to lead the pack with 82,000 cases, followed by Italy at 27,980 and Iran at 16,169 cases.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) informed the Lok Sabha on Wednesday that 276 Indians have been infected abroad including — 255 in Iran, 12 in UAE, five in Italy, and one each in Hong Kong, Kuwait, Sri Lanka and Rwanda.
With schools and colleges across several states closed, the Supreme Court took suo motu cognisance of the non-availability of mid-day meals and issued notices to state administrations seeking their replies on how children are being taken care of.
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