India's coronavirus cases nears 30, hits major payments firm
NEW DELHI: The total number of known coronavirus cases in India rose sharply to 29 on Wednesday, including 16 Italian tourists who had tested positive for the disease as well as an employee of a digital payments company who had traveled to Italy.
On Monday, the world’s second-most populous country had only six reported cases of coronavirus, but it is one of the places U.S. intelligence agencies are most closely monitoring due to fears over how it would cope with a widespread outbreak.
Authorities are increasing screenings at airports and border crossings, and urging citizens to avoid large crowds.
PM Narendra Modi said he would not attend celebrations for the Hindu Holi festival, scheduled to be held across the country next week. - Reuters