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A timeline of the pandemic spread in India as COVID-19 cases cross 12 lakh mark


New Delhi, July 23: In a span of five months, the COVID-19 outbreak in India has spread to all states and union territories, infecting more than grim 12 lakh people.

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The curve is not flattening as the number of active cases has climbed to more than 4 lakh cases and is still increasing, and close to 30,000 people have died because of the fatal virus.

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    Take a look how the virus spreads in India

    • January 30: India's first COVID-19 case is reported in Kerala.
    • February 3: Following 2 more cases, Kerala declares health emergency in the state.
    • February 4: India cancelled existing visas for Chinese and foreigners who had visited China in the last two weeks.
    • March 2: Two more cases were reported - a 45-year-old man in Delhi who had travelled back from Italy and a 24-year-old engineer in Hyderabad who had a travel history from Dubai.
    • March 11: WHO declares COVID-19 a pandemic.
    • March 12: India reported it's first death after a 76-year-old man from Kalburgi, Karnataka became the first victim of the virus in the country.
    • March 13: India suspends all tourist visas and OCI entries.
    • March 14: Government declares COVID-19 a notified disaster with total cases reach 100.
    • March 22: 50 days after the virus was first reported in India, a 14-hour voluntary lockdown called 'Janata Curfew' was observed in India. All international flights to India suspended.
    • March 25: A nationwide lockdown was imposed till April 14 for 21 days, two days after the 'Janata Curfew'. All trains, flights, metros suspended.
    • March 31: Nizamuddin area in Delhi, emerged as one of the COVID-19 'hotspots' in India with a large number of attendees at a religious congregation held at the headquarters of the Tablighi Jamaat, being tested positive.
    • April 14: 10,000 confirmed cases were recorded, as the nationwide lockdown has been extended till May 3.
    • May 1: Lockdown extended with zone-wise restrictions.
    • Shramik special trains started for stranded migrant workers.
    • May 7
    • ⦁ Total cases now at 50,000+.
    • ⦁ India's biggest repatriation exercise Vande Bharat Mission begins.
    • May 12: Indian Railways resumes operations with 15 trains to selected stations.
    • May 17: The world's largest lockdown is extended till May 31.
    • May 19: Total cases cross 1,00,000.
    • May 25: Domestic flights resume with restrictions.
    • June 8: Phased reopening begins nationwide with Unlock 1.
    • June 12: India overtakes UK to become the 4th worst coronavirus-hit country.
    • June 17: India registered the highest-ever spike of 2,003 COVID-19 deaths.
    • June 27: Total cases cross 5,00,000.
    • July 1: Phased reopening under Unlock 2, schools and colleges still remain closed.
    • July 6: India overtakes Russia to become the third-worst coronavirus-hit country.
    • July 15: India's COVID-19 vaccine candidates COVAXIN & ZyCov-D begin human trials.
    • July 17: India's total COVID-19 cases cross 10,00,000.
    • July 23: Total confirmed cases: 12,38,635
    • Total deaths: 29,861
    • Cases recovered: 7,82,606

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