New Delhi: Amid growing number of cases of coronavirus in India, limited local transmission of COVID-19 has been seen in some pockets of Nagpur, sources told news agency ANI on Saturday. Till now, the spread of the virus was seen amongst people with travel history to the affected countries like China, Italy, Spain and others, but following the latest development, the pandemic seems to be spreading out to others as well. Also Read - Kanika Kapoor Coronavirus Case: Negligence on Singer's Part or Fault in System?

“What we have found that about 10 of the 1,300 samples from Nagpur tested positive which indicates limited local transmission of COVID-19 has begun. We have seen this Maharashtra, for example in the pockets of Nagpur. We have strengthened our testing strategies,” ANI quoted sources as saying. Also Read - Coronavirus: Total Cases in Maharashtra Shoot up to 63 Sending Alarm Across State

Speaking to the agency, sources said that proper planning is needed to combat the virus. We are conducting solid fieldwork for the containment of the affected area and have testing strategies,” it added. Also Read - Coronavirus: Telangana MLA Issued Notice For Not Abiding by Home Quarantine Norms After His US Visit

Earlier in the day, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said the state has witnessed a “big rise” in the number of coronavirus positive patients with the addition of 11 such cases, and appealed to the people to avoid using public transport to contain the spread.

Talking to reporters, Tope said the number of coronavirus positive patients in the state has increased to 63 with 11 new cases. “The spread has been largely because of people who came from outside,’ he said. “I appeal to the people not to venture out. They should exercise self discipline by maintaining social distancing and hygiene,” he said. “If there is no reduction in crowd in public transport, a shutdown will have to be put in place. There is also an option of allowing people in public transport after checking their I-cards,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Narendra Modi-led Centre as well as state government are taking several steps to scale down the spread of coronavirus, which has claimed 4 lives in the country so far.

Earlier on Thursday at 8 PM, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the nation, had urged people to observe a curfew on March 22 from 7 AM till 9 PM.  “For the past two months, millions are working day and night in hospitals and airports and those serving others by not taking care of themselves. On Mar 22, at 5 pm, we should stand on our doorways, balconies, in our windows and keep clapping hands and ringing the bells for five mins to salute and encourage them,” PM Modi had said.

(With agency inputs)