Nineteen states and Union territories went under lockdown as the country recorded its eighth death linked to the highly contagious coronavirus. Overall, 433 people in the country have been infected by the virus. Worldwide -14,500 people have died.
As reports of infection came in from all the key states, the Centre tightened its clampdown with a ban on domestic flights and warned of legal action against rule-breakers. Punjab, which had thousands of expats heading for home, declared curfew. So did Maharashtra, which has the highest number of COVID-19 cases. In Kolkata, sources said the 57-year-old who died at a private hospital, did not have any travel history, raising concern about the chain of transmission of the virus.