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New Delhi, Mar 22 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5.30 pm: NATION DEL86 2NDLD VIRUS Coronavirus death toll rises to 7; India in lockdown mode as train, inter-state bus services stopped New Delhi: India reported three more coronavirus deaths on Sunday, including the first casualty from Bihar, taking the toll to seven and the number of COVID-19 cases rose to 341, officials said, as authorities suspended all train passenger and inter-state bus services till March 31 in unprecedented steps to contain the spread of the infection.

DEL84 VIRUS-2NDLD LOCKDOWN Coronavirus: All passenger trains, metro, inter-state bus services suspended till Mar 31, complete lockdown in 75 districts New Delhi: All inter-state buses, passenger trains and metro services have been suspended across the country till March 31 while 75 districts where coronavirus cases were reported completely locked down as authorities undertook extraordinary measures to check the spread of the disease.

DEL8 2NDLD CURFEW India observes Janata curfew, millions stay indoors New Delhi: Millions of people across the country stayed indoors, streets wore a deserted look and bare number of vehicles were on the road on Sunday in an unprecedented shutdown on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal for a 'Janata curfew' to help check the spread of coronavirus.

DEL91 VIRUS-BELLS People express appreciation for medical and other essential service providers New Delhi: With ringing of bells, beating of metal plates and clapping, people across the country on Sunday evening expressed appreciation for medical and other staff who are on the frontline of the battle against the Coronavirus.

DEL90 VIRUS-HEALTH States to earmark hospitals to exclusively treat COVID-19 patients: Health Ministry New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry announced on Sunday that states would be earmarking a certain number of hospitals to exclusively treat COVID-19 patients.

DEL83 DL-JAMIA-LD ATTACK Petrol bomb hurled at Jamia protest site New Delhi: An unidentified man allegedly opened fire and hurled a petrol bomb at the empty protest site outside the Jamia Millia Islamia on Sunday, according to officials and students of the university.

CAL5 BH-VIRUS-LD DEATH Bihar reports first COVID-19 death; CS says another woman under treatment at AIIMS, Patna Patna: Bihar reported its first death due to COVID-19 on Sunday, as a man with a travel history to Qatar died at the AIIMS here, hospital superintendent CM Singh said.

BOM31 GJ-VIRUS-LD DEATH Surat man first victim of coronavirus in Gujarat Surat: Coronavirus claimed its first victim in Gujarat on Sunday when a 67-year-old man, who had tested positive for the infection, died at a private hospital here, officials said.

BOM30 MP-VIRUS-CASE Student who returned from London tests coronavirus +ve in Bhopal Bhopal: A woman studying law, who recently returned from London, tested positive for the coronavirus in Bhopal on Sunday, making it the first case of COVID-19 in the Madhya Pradesh capital, an official said on Sunday.

BOM18 CG-ENCOUNTER-BODIES C'garh Naxal encounter: Bodies of 17 missing cops found Raipur: Bodies of 17 security personnel, who were missing after an encounter with Naxals in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, were found on Sunday, police said.

BUSINESS DEL87 BIZ-VIRUS-LD MARUTI Coronavirus: Maruti halts production at Gurgaon, Manesar plants New Delhi: The country's largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) on Sunday said it has decided to suspend production at its manufacturing facilities in Haryana with immediate effect due to the coronavirus outbreak.

FOREIGN FGN11 VIRUS-UK-LD INDIAN STUDENTS Coronavirus: Indian students seek refuge within UK mission premises London: A group of 19 Indian students has sought refuge within the premises of the Indian High Commission in London overnight on Saturday, demanding that they be put on a flight to India despite the travel restrictions in place following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic. By Aditi Khanna SPORTS SPO-VIRUS-LIFT-MIRABAI All efforts will go waste if Olympics is cancelled, says worried Mirabai Chanu New Delhi: A wary Mirabai Chanu has only one prayer on her lips that the Tokyo Olympics goes as per schedule despite COVID-19 pandemic otherwise all her efforts of winning an Olympic medal will go down the drain. By Aparajita Upadhyay PTI HMB