Coronavirus in India: The government has suspended all regular visas till April 15 in the wake of Coronavirus scare as the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared COVID19 a ‘pandemic’. A statement issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare late on Wednesday said that all existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/International Organizations, employment, project visas, stand suspended till the said date. Apart from this all incoming travelers, including Indians, arriving from or having visited China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain and Germany after February 15, 2020 will be quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days, it said. The move came as the number of Coronavirus cases crossed 60 in the country. Out of the 60 cases, 16 are Italian tourists while the remaining are Indians.
On Tuesday, March 10, there were as many as 8 new cases reported from Kerala. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has asked the people to avoid mass gatherings. Six of the eight new cases reported are the primary contacts of the couple and son who had returned from Italy, the European epicentre of the Covid-19.
The government has successfully evacuated 54 Indian nationals stranded in Coronavirus-hit Iran after their swab samples tested negative for the virus. The evacuated people will be quarantined for 14 days at the Hindon airbase in Ghaziabad. Meanwhile, a man of Indian origin has died in the United Kingdom due to Covid-19 infection.
Coronavirus is relentless across the world and the numbers are only rising with each passing day. A prominent figure in Boris Jhonson and his administration’s fight against the Coronavirus in the UK, Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has been reported positive. The MP who holds the key position of parliamentary under-secretary of state for health and has gone into a self-imposed quarantine after falling ill on March 6. Italy has seen the death toll from Coronavirus rising to 168. The number of fatalities due to the Covid-19 has crossed 1,000 outside of China.
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