The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has infected over 5700 people and claimed 166 lives in India. In the last 24 hours, 17 deaths and 550 fresh cases have been reported in the country.
Odisha became the first state in India to extend the lockdown till April 30. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik urged the Centre to extend the nationwide lockdown too.
CM Patnaik said, “The State Cabinet which met today decided that saving the lives of our people is the topmost priority at this juncture. Accordingly, we have decided to extend the lockdown till April 30. We will recommend to the government of India to extend the national lockdown up to April 30.” He further added, “In addition to this, we will also request the Union government not to start airline and railway services till April 30.”
Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra has climbed up to 1,135 and is the highest in the country. Tamil Nadu stands at the second position with 738 cases, followed by Delhi which has 669 cases.
The Maharashtra cabinet approved a proposal for a 30% salary cut for the legislators of the state for a year, starting from April.
The case count in Telangana has risen to 427, followed by Rajasthan which has 381 confirmed coronavirus cases till now.
Other states having a high count of COVID-19 cases are:
Uttar Pradesh: 361
Andhra Pradesh: 348
Madhya Pradesh: 181
Jammu and Kashmir: 158
West Bengal: 103
The maximum number of deaths have been reported in Maharashtra (72), followed by 16 deaths in Gujarat, 13 in Madhya Pradesh, and 9 in Delhi.