COVID-19: Cases in India near 500 with 9 deaths

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New Delhi: The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India inched up to 492 with nine fatalities reported so far, according to the data updated on Tuesday morning.

Among the latest two deaths was a 54-year-old man with no history of foreign travel.

As cases of the viral infection surged in the past few days, authorities have put almost the entire country under lockdown, banning gathering of people and suspending road, rail and air traffic till March 31. With masks, ventilators and political goodwill in desperately short supply, more than one-fifth of the worlds population was ordered or urged to stay in their homes on Sunday.

At least 30 states and Union Territories have imposed a complete lockdown covering 548 districts. Of these Maharashtra and Punjab were put under statewide curfews.

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