Kerala makes hiding travel history a crime as India confirms at least 60 COVID-19 cases

The Indian state of Kerala has made hiding travel history a criminal offence as the country confirmed new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. 

The total number of cases in India has crossed 60 (including 16 Italians) with one case each in Delhi and Rajasthan, said the Ministry of Health on Wednesday.   

Kerala is the worst hit state in India with a sudden recent spike in cases. This has prompted the state to make hiding travel history a crime. "According to Public Health Act, people hiding their travel history, which can lead to the spread of the infectious disease, is a crime," said state health minister KK Shailaja.

India's Ministry of Health has confirmed 50 cases of COVID-19 in the country. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@MoHFW_INDIA
India's Ministry of Health has confirmed 50 cases of COVID-19 in the country. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@MoHFW_INDIA

India intensifies border control

In order to contain the spread of COVID-19 India has imposed further measures of border control. 

As per the government, all visas and e-visas granted on or before March 11 to nationals of three more coronavirus-affected countries - France, Germany and Spain - have been suspended. 

This follows the earlier suspension of visas and e-visas for nationals of Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan and China. 

The Manipur government has closed all border entry points with Myanmar with the entry of foreigners from these border checkpoints banned.

Statewise COVID-19 cases in India (as of March 11):

State/Union Territory Cases  Recoveries
Delhi 4 0
Haryana 14 (Foreign Nationals) 0
Jammu and Kashmir 1 0
Karnataka 4 0
Kerala 17 3
Ladakh 2 0
Maharashtra 5 0
Punjab 1 0
Rajasthan  3 (2 Foreign Nationals) 0
Tamil Nadu 1 1
Telangana 1 0
Uttar Pradesh 9 0
TOTAL 62 4
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