Coronavirus Highlights: Threat of pandemic now ‘very real’, says WHO; India cases now 46

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Updated: March 9, 2020 11:39:18 pm

Coronavirus India news: An IT professional who returned from the US to Bengaluru has tested positive for the disease. The total number of Coronavirus cases has now reached 46 in India.

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CORONAVIRUS NEWS: The number of Coronavirus cases in India touched 46 on Monday with two more people testing positive in Pune late in the evening. Karnataka also reported its first case on Monday. An IT professional who returned from the US to Bengaluru tested positive for the disease.  Another positive case was reported from Punjab. Three people who were tested positive for the virus, have now been discharged,  the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that there is “very real” threat that the global outbreak of Coronavirus will become a pandemic.

In India, those who have tested positive for Coronavirus include 16 Italians visiting the country. The government has enhanced thermal screening at all entry points into the country including airports and sea-ports. Various facilities to isolate and quarantine suspected and confirmed cases have been set up by states.

Meanwhile, a diabetic man in West Bengal, who was kept in isolation ward of Murshidabad, hospital died on Sunday. He was admitted in the isolation ward after suspected symptoms of Coronavirus. He had returned from Saudi Arabia. Test results of his blood and swab samples for COVID-19 were awaited. A 76-year old man who returned from Iran to Ladakh has also passed away. He had symptoms associated with Coronavirus. He was also suffering from Urinary Tract Infection. His samples have been sent to Delhi for further testing.

On Sunday, the Centre govt denied entry to cruise ships on India shores till March 31 in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. on Saturday, a cruise ship ‘MSC Lirica’ with a Panama flag was turned back at the New Mangalore Port.

Worldwide, the number of coronavirus cases stood at over 1,05,800, including 3,595 deaths. China reported 22 new deaths on Monday from the new coronavirus epidemic, and the lowest number of fresh cases since it started reporting the data in January. There were 40 new cases nationwide, the National Health Commission said, with most in Hubei, the central province at the epicentre of the outbreak. The 22 new deaths — which were all in Hubei except one — bring the country’s toll to 3,119. More than 80,700 people have been infected in total in mainland China. New infections reported from Hubei have been on a downward trend for several weeks.

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