This move was taken by the Arvind Kejriwal-led government after 183 new cases of the virus surfaced in the national capital. The total number of cases in the city went up to 903 on Friday.

The newly carved union territories -- Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir--- have 15 and 207 cases, respectively.

The ICMR official also said that a total of 213 testing laboratories for the infection are present in the country including 146 government and 67 private labs.

As a last resort, homemade masks are "better than nothing,. They're more effective at "keeping the germ in than keeping the germ out."

After we are infected with a virus, it replicates in our body’s cells. The total amount of virus a person has inside them is referred to as their ‘viral load’.

Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday said that with new cases emerging shows the possibility of community transmission of COVID-19 in the State as some of the patients have no travel history.

It has become the second government to do so after Odisha. Naveen Patnaik govt has already announced lockdown extension till April 30.

“Coronavirus pandemic would peak in mid-September and around 58% of the countrymen may get infected with this deadly disease,” Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh said, citing opinion of experts.

Out of five new COVID-19 cases, three are male patients and two are female. These cases were reported from PMGP colony, Muslim Nagar, Kalyanwadi and Murugan chawl.