New Delhi: With six new cases in Kerala, and three more reported in Karnataka, the total number of people testing positive with the deadly novel coronavirus has gone up to 56 in India. As a result, the central government has amped up its measures to take stock of the rising cases. Also Read - 'Spraying Disinfectants on Migrant Workers Was Overzealous,' Health Ministry on COVID-19 Preventive Measure

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Earlier today, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced that six new cases of COVID-19 were found taking the total positive cases to 15 in Kerala. Minutes later, Karnataka health minister confirmed three new persons who tested positive after lab results. Also Read - Survey Reveals That Coronavirus Has Made 87.2% Indians More Concerned About Personal Hygiene

In the wake of the epidemic, the Kerala government also suspended regular classes and exams up to Class 7th till March 31. Exams in Class 8, 9 and 10 will be conducted as per schedule, CM Vijayan said. Moreover, all school vacations, tuition classes, Anganwadis, Madrasas would also be closed till March 31, he added.

Notably, Kerala has seen the highest spike in the number of positive cases over the past week, recording the second-highest toll after Delhi.

At least eight new cases have been reported in India on Monday – one each in Bengaluru, Delhi, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu, Punjab and two in Pune. In Bengaluru, an IT professional who had recently returned from the United States tested positive. He and his family were taken to isolation wards.

Here are the state-wise cases of coronavirus:

State/UTNumber of Positive Cases
Delhi NCR3
Uttar Pradesh (Agra)6
Maharashtra (Pune)2
Jammu & Kashmir1
Tamil Nadu4

Meanwhile, the Indian Air Force with its C-17 Globemaster airlifted 58 Indians this morning who were stuck in Iran, one of the worst-affected countries where over 237 people have died, and at least 7,000 more are suffering from the viral disease.

Most of the patients in India seem to have transmitted the disease during international travel, especially in Italy. The Italy government has put his entire country on lockdown, banning all travels, social gathering as more than 7,900 people tested positive for coronavirus. Over 460 people have died from the disease.