New Delhi: After Karnataka, Delhi and Maharashtra, the country on Thursday reported its fourth death due to coronavirus from Punjab. Giving further information about the COVID-19, the Union Health Ministry stated that the total number of cases now stands at 173. Also Read - Coronavirus: Gujarat Reports First Positive Cases, Two Infected from Rajkot, Surat | Highlights
The total coronavirus cases include 25 foreign nationals — 17 from Italy, three from the Philippines, two from the UK, one each from Canada, Indonesia and Singapore. The figure also includes four deaths reported from Punjab, Delhi, Karnataka and Maharashtra. Also Read - Don't Use 'My Lordship', 'My Lord' For me: Justice S Muralidhar to Punjab And Haryana High Court Lawyers
The ministry also stated that Delhi has, so far, reported 12 positive cases which includes one foreigner, while Uttar Pradesh has recorded 19 cases, including one foreigner. Maharashtra has 47 cases, including three foreigners, while Kerala has recorded 27 cases which include two foreign nationals.
It also stated that Karnataka has 14 coronavirus patients. The number of cases in Ladakh rose to eight and Jammu and Kashmir four. Telangana has reported six cases which include two foreigners.
Rajasthan has also reported seven cases including that of two foreigners. Tamil Nadu and Punjab have two cases so far. Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Puducherry and Chandigarh have reported one case each. In Haryana, there are 17 cases, which include 14 foreigners.
In the wake of the reported death from Punjab, the state government has decided to suspend public transport services from Friday midnight, besides restricting public gatherings to less than 20.
The state government has also decided to shut marriage places, hotels, restaurants, banquets and dining places, except home delivery services and takeaways in the entire state.
The decision to this effect was taken in a meeting of the seven-member Group of Ministers (GoM), formed by the Punjab government to review the situation triggered by the coronavirus outbreak on a daily basis.