17 new cases of coronavirus detected in Andhra Pradesh since last night

South India

As India continues to reel under the threat of COVID-19 pandemic, a total of 17 new COVID-19 positive cases have been detected in Andhra Pradesh since 9 PM last night.


Of these 17, two are from Anantapur district, eight are from Prakasam district, five from Guntur district, one each from Krishna and East Godavari district

According to the Health and Family Welfare report, many of them are those who attended the religious gathering in Delhi or their contacts. 

The total number of positive cases in the state has risen to 40.

The Central government has taken many stringent measures to prevent the further spread of the disease.

Starting from Tuesday midnight, India is under 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. 

In a televised address to the nation on Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi said that it is vital to break the chain of the disease and experts have said that at least 21 days are needed for it. Social distancing is the only option to deal with the disease.

The Prime Minister said the lockdown has drawn a "Lakshman Rekha" in every home and people should stay indoors for their own protection and for that of their families.

Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 160 countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic. 

Only the essential services like grocery shops, medical outlets remain functional during the lockdown.


With inputs from Agency

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