New Delhi: In a bid to curtail the further spread of coronavirus, the Narendra Modi-led Centre on Monday asked the states to strictly enforce the lockdown and take legal actions against those who violate the rules. “States asked to strictly enforce lockdown. Legal action against violators,” the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting directed. Also Read - Coronavirus Creates Havoc: Filipino Man, Who Had Recovered Becomes India's 8th Casualty, Active Cases Climb to 418

The advisory came after lockdown was imposed in 14 states and 80 districts, in the wake of the COVID-19 scare. Maharashtra, Kerala, Haryana, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Punjab, Delhi, Nagaland, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand and Rajasthan had announced lockdown yesterday. Himachal Pradesh became the 14th state to announce the restrictions. Also Read - Confined By Coronavirus, French Man Runs 42.2 Km Marathon on 7-Metre Balcony During Lockdown

Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to the countrymen to take the lockdown seriously and protect their families along with them. He also asked the state governments to strictly follow the rules and regulations. “Many people are still not taking the lockdown seriously. Please save yourself, save your family, follow the instructions seriously. I request the state governments to follow the rules and Get the laws done” Also Read - Coronavirus: Women at Lucknow's Clock Tower Call Off Protest Amid Statewide Shutdown

On the other hand, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has said that total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India stood at 418. Of the total 418, Maharashtra has the highest number of confirmed cases, followed by Kerala.

Besides, a total of 18,383 samples from 17,493 individuals have been tested for SARS-CoV2 as on March 23, 2020 till 10 AM. The figure includes 23 cured and discharged patients and eight casualties.