Coronavirus Outbreak Highlights: PM Modi says no need to panic as new cases emerge in country, Navy cancels ‘ Milan 2020’ exercise

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Coronavirus in India: A private school in Noida has postponed exams and fumigated its premises after the father of a student tested positive for coronavirus, officials said.

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Coronavirus Outbreak Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday tweeted that he reviewed the situation of coronavirus and the preparedness of India to deal with the global pandemic, assuring citizens that there was no reason to panic. His tweet came a day after two cases of novel Coronavirus emerged in India. A Delhi-based man, who had recently returned from Italy, tested positive for COVID-19, while a man in Hyderabad was also found to have contracted the disease after he had gone to Dubai where he worked with his colleagues from Hong Kong. Apart from that, an Italian tourist in Jaipur was found to be infected by the virus on Monday.

On Tuesday, Hyatt Regency asked its staff to self-quarantine after a coronavirus-infected man had dined at the hotel restaurant on February 28. It told all staffers who were present in the restaurant on that day to quarantine themselves for 14 days. Apart from this, the hotel will also conduct daily temperature checks for all staffers and contractors upon entering and exiting the hotel, ANI reported the hotel administration as saying.

The Union Government also suspended all regular visas and e-visas, including visa on arrival, issued till March 3 for Italian, Iranian, South Korean and Japanese nationals who have not entered India yet.

Meanwhile, two schools in Noida have been shut for the next few days as one of the students is the child of the Delhi-based man who was tested positive for coronavirus. The exams in one of the schools have also been postponed and the premises have been fumigated.

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    21:41 (IST)03 Mar 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Update: Delhi govt sets up isolation wards in 25 hospitals

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    21:19 (IST)03 Mar 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Update: Iran-returned Army officer quarantined

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    21:09 (IST)03 Mar 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Update: US Federal Reserve cuts interest rates

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    21:03 (IST)03 Mar 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Update: NATHEALTH calls for unified response

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    21:03 (IST)03 Mar 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Update: NATHEALTH calls for unified response

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    20:51 (IST)03 Mar 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Update: Cabinet secy holds meeting to review preparedness

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    20:32 (IST)03 Mar 2020
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    20:25 (IST)03 Mar 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: G7 to deploy all policy tools to combat COVID19

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    20:07 (IST)03 Mar 2020
    Coronavirus: Govt asks TV, FM channels to publicise advisory

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    19:50 (IST)03 Mar 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Update: Govt asks Television, FM channels to publicise travel advisory, awareness messages

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    19:27 (IST)03 Mar 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: DGCA guidelines to airlines

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    19:14 (IST)03 Mar 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Disinfect flights, says DGCA

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    19:09 (IST)03 Mar 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Karnataka monitoring people who came in Techie's contact

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    18:57 (IST)03 Mar 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Navy to give new dates for Milan exercise

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    18:49 (IST)03 Mar 2020
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    18:48 (IST)03 Mar 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: IndiGo statement on Covid-19

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    18:46 (IST)03 Mar 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Manish Sisodia on COVID-19 in Delhi

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    18:31 (IST)03 Mar 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Provide masks, gloves to personnel, says Haryana Police

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    18:26 (IST)03 Mar 2020
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    18:21 (IST)03 Mar 2020
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    18:10 (IST)03 Mar 2020
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    17:59 (IST)03 Mar 2020
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    17:52 (IST)03 Mar 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Italian tourist in Jaipur tests positive

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    17:49 (IST)03 Mar 2020
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    17:30 (IST)03 Mar 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Government taking all steps to keep Delhi safe, says Delhi Health Minister

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    17:20 (IST)03 Mar 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Government puts export restrictions on 26 pharma ingredients, medicines

    The government on Tuesday put export restrictions on 26 pharma ingredients and medicines, including paracetamol, vitamin B1 and B12, amid the coronavirus outbreak in China. (PTI)

    17:08 (IST)03 Mar 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: 14th edition of Art Dubai postponed

    In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the 14th edition of Art Dubai, which was scheduled to be held on March 25-28, has been "postponed" till further notice, organisers announced on Tuesday. In a statement signed by Benedict Floyd, Pablo del Val, and Chloe Vaitsou, the CEO, artistic director, and international director of the fair respectively, a new Dubai-focused programme has been announced in place of the international fair. "In consideration of the ongoing global health implications of the coronavirus, and having consulted with our partners and stakeholders, Art Dubai today announces that the 14th edition of the international art fair, scheduled for 25 - 28th March 2020, will be postponed. (PTI)

    17:02 (IST)03 Mar 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Hyatt Regency La Piazza restaurant staff asked to self-quarantine

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    16:59 (IST)03 Mar 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Olympic Games could be held any time in 2020

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    16:46 (IST)03 Mar 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Air India ask AI154 Vienna-Delhi flight passengers to follow protocol

    Air India Tweeted: This is for the attention of passengers who flew on AI154 Vienna-Delhi of 25th Feb' 20. One of the passengers has tested positive for Coronavirus. Please follow the protocol notified by the Ministry of Health regarding Corona Virus

    16:42 (IST)03 Mar 2020
    Coronavirus outbreak: PM Modi tweets no need to panic

    After three positive cases of coronavirus emerged in India from Delhi, Telangana and Rajasthan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday tweeted an advisory listing out the measures that can be used to prevent COVID-19. While posting the tweets, PM Modi assured that there was no need to panic and that the citizens of India needed to work together. He further said that “small yet important” precautionary measures could ensure self-protection. Read More

    16:32 (IST)03 Mar 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Govt puts export restrictions on paracetamol and other medicines

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    16:31 (IST)03 Mar 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Rahul takes dig at PM Modi, tells him to deal with Coronavirus

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the detection of fresh coronavirus cases in India, saying he should quit wasting India's time "playing the clown" with his social media accounts when India is facing an emergency. (PTI)

    16:30 (IST)03 Mar 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Iran death toll reaches 77

    Iran reports 11 new Coronavirus deaths, death toll reaches 77: AFP news agency 

    16:19 (IST)03 Mar 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Delhi CM calls urgent meeting with health minister, top officials

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called an urgent meeting with Health Minister Satyendar Jain and other top officials to review the government's preparations to deal with coronavirus. The move comes a day after a case of the novel coronavirus was reported in the national capital, PTI reported.

    16:11 (IST)03 Mar 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Two private schools shut after COVID-19 scare

    Two private schools in Noida have cancelled classes for the next few days as a precautionary measure after the father of a student tested positive for coronavirus, PTI quoted officials as saying. One of the schools, where a student's father tested positive, said it will remain shut from March 4 to March 6, the report added.

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