Chennai, Mar 22 (PTI): Highlights from the Southern region at 5.10 pm.

MDS14 KA-VIRUS-SHUTDOWN Karnataka govt announces shutdown in nine coronavirus-affected districts Bengaluru: The Karnataka government announced shutdown of all commercial activities other then certain essential services in the nine districts of the state including the capital city, where COVID-19 cases have been reported.

MDS12 TN-CURFEW-EXTENSION TN govt extends 'Janata curfew' till Monday morning Chennai: While Tamil Nadu came to a virtual standstill on Sunday as people observed the 'Janata Curfew' proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help check the spread of coronavirus, the state government extended it till 5 am on Monday.

MDS9 TL-LD CURFEW Telangana observes 'Janata curfew' Hyderabad: Roads in Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana wore a deserted look on Sunday as people participated volunatarily in the 'Janata curfew' proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help check the spread of coronavirus.

MDS8 TN-VIRUS-STUDY 'Latitude link' surfaces in coronavirus spread; New cases in India could surge: Study Chennai: The pace at which the coronavirus spreads globally appears to have a link to the latitude nations occupy, according to an epidemiological study undertaken by an eminent institution here. By V Gangadharan MDS7 TN-VIRUS Traveller from Spain tests positive for coronavirus in TN, number rises to seven Chennai: One more person has tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday in Tamil Nadu, taking the total number of cases in the state to seven, the government said. PTI SS SS SS