New Delhi: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday stressed on the need to stop chain transmission of the coronavirus pandemic, as number of COVID-19 positive cases ballooned to 341 in the country. Also Read - Take This Coronavirus Pandemic Seriously, be Responsible: Neeraj Chopra

Addressing a press conference, Luv Agarwal, Joint Secretary of the Health Ministry, remarked that the number of confirmed cases in the country had increased, adding that the need of the hour was to stop the chain transmission. “Breaking the chain of COVID-19 transmission is the biggest challenge in front of us,” he said. Also Read - 69-Year-Old Man Gujarat's First Casualty Due to Coronavirus, Death Toll in India Rises to Seven

Speaking about the lockdowns announced in 75 districts across various states, from where confirmed cases have been reported thus far, he said that it was the responsibility of the states to ensure that the poor in these districts did not face any problem. Also Read - Former World Champion Mirabai Chanu Worried Over Tokyo Olympics 2020, Says All Efforts Will go Waste if Games Get Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

The 75 districts that have, notably, been put under lockdown, are in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Stating once again that trains, suburban railways, metros will be suspended till March 31, he said that it was upto states to decide what ‘essential services’ would be exempted from the lockdown orders. Additionally, he said that states would also earmark hospitals to treat exclusively coronavirus-affected patients.

The Joint Secretary also clarified that the death of a 38-year-old man in Patna, who was a Qatar returnee and was said to have died due to COVID-19, was yet to be confirmed as having taken place due to the infection.

(With agency inputs)