Coronavirus latest updates: Delhi shuts malls; singer Kanika Kapoor tests positive

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest LIVE Updates: Amid a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country, the Delhi government stepped up to contain the virus by shutting down the malls in the national capital. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation too announced that it will close the metro services on Sunday, the day ‘Janata curfew’ will be imposed. So far, 206 people have been confirmed positive, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Friday, while the death toll has reached four.

In a press conference on Friday, the Health Ministry urged citizens to comply with the ‘Janata curfew’ as “one day’s cooperation will help break the chain of transmission”. Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal assured there is no shortage of essential commodities to fight coronavirus and appealed to them to maintain social distancing to fight the virus.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday cautioned against complacency on the pandemic while asking people to observe a self-imposed curfew on Sunday by not stepping out of homes between 7 am and 9 pm.

Globally, the virus has infected more than 234,000 people and the death toll exceeded 10,000. In Italy, the death toll overtook China’s in a stark illustration of how the outbreak has provided toward Europe and the US. It recorded at least 3,405 deaths, or roughly 150 more than in China.  California issued a statewide ‘stay at home” order for its 40 million residents and Washington warned Americans to return home or stay abroad indefinitely, with the number of coronavirus deaths in the country hitting 200.