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Coronavirus pandemic: Govt launches 'Stranded in India' portal for foreign tourists stuck in India due to lockdown

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has imposed a 21-day lockdown till April 14 to combat the spread of novel coronavirus.

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Coronavirus pandemic: Govt launches 'Stranded in India' portal for foreign tourists stuck in India due to lockdown
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The Ministry of Tourism on Tuesday (March 31) launched a portal to distribute information towards the foreign tourists in India amid coronavirus lockdown across the nation.

Government of India's ‘Stranded in India’ portal's main aims will be to act as a support network for foreign tourists stuck in various parts of the country.

India has imposed a 21-day lockdown till April 14 to combat the spread of novel coronavirus. While initially, only the supplies of essential goods were allowed during the lockdown period, the Ministry of Home Affairs on Sunday said transportation of all goods, without distinction of essential and non-essential, have been allowed. 

"The portal strandedinindia.com consists of comprehensive information on COVID-19 helpline numbers or call-centres that the foreign tourists can reach out to for help,” the Ministry of Tourism said in an official statement.

This portal strandedinindia.com also got a support section to extend help towards those ones in need of further information and link them to authorities concerned. The website will be featured on the Tourism Website and prominent Ministry of Tourism channels.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has imposed a 21-day lockdown till April 14 to combat the spread of novel coronavirus. 

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), there are 1251 confirmed cases of coronavirus cases in the country and 32 fatalities have been reported.

With 223 cases, Maharashtra is the most affected state in the country, followed by Kerala with 221.

Worldwide, coronavirus cases continue to rise dramatically, with the number of infections nearing 8 lakh on Monday. The global death toll has crossed 37,000. 

The US has the most cases with over 163,000, followed by Italy at 101,739, Spain 87,956 and China at 82,223. Italy has recorded the highest number of deaths with 11,591, followed by Spain's death toll of 7,716, China's 3,308 and US' 3,008. 

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