India on Sunday reported the number of people infected with coronavirus had risen to 107. The increase of 23 from the day before was the the worst hit for the country.
Data from India’s Federal Health Ministry stated 31 confirmed coronavirus cases in Maharashtra state, where local authorities have closed down schools, colleges, and malls in most cities, including the financial hub of Mumbai.
“The number could go up as we are waiting for test reports of people who were in close contact with patients who have tested positive,” a state health official said declining who wished to stay anonymous as he was not authorised to speak to media.
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 caused by the virus.
However, experts say India’s already overstretched medical system will if a major rise in serious cases happen.
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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to talk with other South Asian leaders via videoconferencing later on Sunday to coordinate a regional response to the crisis.