So far 63 confirmed COVID-19 cases are reported from the state. One person has died due to the disease while 18 others have been cured, said the state Health Department in a statement.

The states which have crossed 200-mark for COVID-19 positive cases also include Madhya Pradesh (532), Telangana (504), Gujarat (432), Andhra Pradesh (381) and Kerala (364).

In the letter written earlier this week, the DMC had quoted the World Health Organisation (WHO) stating, "Countries should not profile novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in terms of religion or any other criteria."

As per a notification by the ICMR at 9 pm on Saturday, a total of 1,79,374 samples from 1,64,773 individuals have been tested.

According to top government sources, the work will begin in Central ministries with the the senior officers reporting to work.

The Meerut police have made four arrests in this regard, including the Imam of mosque where the coronavirus patients were reportedly sheltered.

Despite the high morbidity and mortality rates that resulted from the epidemic, the Spanish flu began to fade from public awareness over the decades until the arrival of news about bird flu and other pandemics in the 1990s and 2000s.

ICM revised its strategy to fight the spread of coronavirus on Thursday, saying all symptomatic ILI (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose) patients will now be tested for COVID-19 infection.

According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Delhi is 903. Till now, 25 people have either been cured or discharged, while 13 deaths have been reported.