Positive coronavirus cases in India climb to 113, Maharashtra state worst hit

The number of positive coronavirus cases in India climbed to 113 from 45 a week earlier. Maharashtra reported 32 cases, the most number of cases in any state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephonic conversation with Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to discuss the growing number of cases and the Mumbai police have imposed prohibitory orders banning large gatherings as a preventive measure against the virus.

Five people tested positive in Mumbai, seven in Pune, eight in Pimpri, four in Nagpur and one each in Raigad, Thane, Kalyan, Navi Mumbai and Aurangabad. Another 75 people suspected to have contracted the virus, are admitted at the isolation wards of various hospitals, he added.

Local authorities have closed down schools, colleges and malls in most cities, including in the financial hub of Mumbai.

In Mumbai, unions involved with its Bollywood film industry  said that they would stop all work until the end of March.

India, a country of 1.3 billion people, has so far fared better than elsewhere in Asia, Europe and North America, with only two deaths because of the virus.

But experts say India’s already overstretched medical system would struggle to deal with a major rise in serious cases.

India has already suspended most visas to the country and shut many land borders with neighboring countries in a wide-reaching attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus.