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India Tightens Strict Lockdown Measures in Virus Risk Zones

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India has further tightened lockdown measures and enhanced surveillance at hundreds of areas designated as virus hotspots, with officials saying the epidemic is now concentrated in 78 districts across the nation.

The lockdown had reduced virus transmission, with Indian Council of Medical Research estimating the country may have had up to 820,000 cases by April 15 without the country-wide closures, a senior official from the Ministry of External Affairs, Vikas Swarup, told reporters Thursday evening. India has 6,237 confirmed cases, according to data compiled by the Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University, although infectious diseases experts say the true rate of infection is likely much higher given the South Asian nation has tested just 127,919 samples from its 1.3 billion citizens.