Coronavirus Latest Updates: PM Modi writes to Chinese President Xi as death toll crosses 800

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Updated:Feb 09, 2020 9:40:33 pm

Coronavirus Latest Updates: India has so far reported three positive cases of coronavirus, all from Kerala, which has severely affected the tourism industry in the state, according to key industry players. 

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Coronavirus Latest Updates: Over 800 people have lost their lives due in China due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus and the total number of confirmed cases in mainland China have reached 37,198, according to Chinese authorities. Meanwhile, the global tally for confirmed cases has reached 37,500. Wuhan in China’s Hubei province, which is the epicentre of the outbreak, has reported the maximum number of deaths. According to authorities in Beijing, Hong Kong has had 25 cases, including one death, from the virus, while Macao has had 10 cases. The number of cases from coronavirus has surpassed the 2002-2003 SARS tally, which had killed 774 people and sickened 8,098 others across the world.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the coronavirus outbreak as a global health emergency. Meanwhile, according to a German University’s research report, India is among the most prone countries to import the virus. India has so far reported three positive cases of coronavirus, all from Kerala, which has severely affected the tourism industry in the state, according to key industry players.

India has, on the other hand, evacuated more than 600 Indian nationals who were stuck in China, and all of them have been quarantined in camps managed by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and the Indian Army near Delhi. So far, none of the evacuees has been tested positive for the virus.

Amid the major outbreak, several countries have cancelled flights to and from China, even as the country shut off transportation from and to the Hubei province in order to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. The shutdown of the province left citizens of many nations stranded and most countries have been running operations to evacuate their nationals.

At the same time, a cruise ship off Japan has been attacked by the virus with 61 people testing positive. As a result, the 3,700 passengers, including 6 Indians, onboard the ship have been quarantined to their cabins and essentials are being provided to them there itself.

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    21:39 (IST)09 Feb 2020
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    A total of 151 people were screened for coronavirus across different airports in Assam. PTI reports that 56 persons travelling from abroad were kept under home isolation. Fourteen persons were examined during Sunday. Assam has strengthened the surveillance and control measures against the disease. READ FULL STORY 

    21:17 (IST)09 Feb 2020
    Kerala: Patient in isolation ward tested negative for Coronavirus

    Latest from Thrissur Medical College: Test results of a patient, who is currently in the isolation ward, tested negative for Coronavirus. If the next test also comes out negative, she will be discharged from the hospital, ANI reports. 

    20:34 (IST)09 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus scare: Six put under home quarantine in Mizoram

    The Mizoram government has put six students, who came back from China recently, under home quarantine as a part of a precautionary measure. Blood samples of two among the six have been sent to the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases in Kolkata for the test, the state nodal officer of Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, Dr Pachuau Lalmalsawma, told PTI. 

    20:07 (IST)09 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus: Death toll climbs to 813 in China

    Coronavirus outbreak: The death toll in China jumped to 813 on Sunday. However, the cases of infection have started dropping for the first time after weeks of sharp rise. With the new deaths, the coronavirus death toll is now higher than the 774 people killed worldwide by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome epidemic that started in southern China. As per China's National Health Commission, 2,656 new confirmed cases were reported on Sunday. (Inputs from PTI)

    19:40 (IST)09 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus: China offers $43 billion boost to firms fighting virus

    China's central bank will offer $43 billion to help businesses involved in fighting the virus epidemic. According to AFP,  the People's Bank of China said it will offer the first tranch of special re-lending funds tomorrow (Monday), which will support financial institutions to give loans to key enterprises involved in the prevention and control of the epidemic. 

    19:09 (IST)09 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus scare: Pre-flight alcohol test suspended at Kerala airports

    Kerala: The DGCA has stopped the pre-flight breathalyzer test for the aircrew operating out of four airports during the next 15 days. The test is done to know whether a person is drunk or not. "The mandatory BA test for flight crew who are operating out of Kerala's airports has been stopped for the next 15 days in light of coronavirus situation," PTI quoted a senior official of the DGCA as saying.

    18:31 (IST)09 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus risk: India one of the most prone nations to novel coronavirus,

    Coronavirus risk: India is among the 30 most prone nations to import cases of the virus! According to a recent study by the Humboldt University in Berlin, India is the 17th most prone country to import cases of the virus. The university’s Relative Import Risk Assessment report has used a model based on the availability of air transportation to rank the countries according to the possible risk of being the destination of people infected with the coronavirus. Read full report here

    18:29 (IST)09 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Fourth case of coronavirus found in Britain

    A fourth case of the new coronavirus has been diagnosed in Britain after a patient contracted the illness from a previously confirmed British case while in France, health officials said on Sunday. Last week a British national tested positive after returning to Britain from Singapore, becoming the third confirmed case of the virus. He is believed to have stayed in France for a few days on his way home, passing the virus on to others there. (Reuters)

    16:57 (IST)09 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Death of whistleblower ignites calls for political reform in China

    The death of a whistleblowing doctor who was reprimanded for warning about the new coronavirus has sparked rare calls for political reform and free speech in China. Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist in Wuhan -- ground zero of China's virus epidemic which has killed more than 800 -- succumbed to the disease Friday over a month after he first raised alarm about the SARS-like virus. He was among eight physicians punished by Wuhan police for "rumour-mongering".But after his death struck a collective nerve, a number of academics have spoken up to demand more freedoms in China. (AFP)

    16:20 (IST)09 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: 5 suspected cases reported in Pakistan

    Five persons with symptoms of coronavirus were rushed to hospital after they arrived in Pakistan from a flight from China, according to a media report on Sunday.  The suspected patients were on the Air China flight carrying 177 passengers, which landed in Islamabad on Friday, The Express Tribune reported quoting airport officials. The five passengers were segregated as their body temperatures registered above normal during thermal scanning at the airport, the paper said. (PTI)

    16:11 (IST)09 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: PM Modi writes to Chinese President Xi Jinping

    PM Modi writes to Chinese President Xi Jinping; expresses India's solidarity with people of China over Coronavirus outbreak. In letter to Chinese President Xi, PM Modi offers India's assistance to deal with Coronavirus outbreak in China. In letter to Chinese President Xi, PM Modi offers condolences over loss of lives in China due to Coronavirus: Sources (PTI)

    15:38 (IST)09 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: China to help key industries to return to work as soon as possible

    China's cabinet says workers in key industries must be helped to return to work as soon as possible in order to resume the production of vital food and medical supplies disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak, state broadcaster CCTV said on Sunday. (Reuters)

    15:18 (IST)09 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Malaysia expands China traveller ban as coronavirus spreads

    Malaysia has expanded a ban on visitors from China to include Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces, after China's decision to lock down cities in the provinces to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak that has claimed over 800 lives. (Reuters)

    15:18 (IST)09 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Malaysia expands China traveller ban as coronavirus spreads

    Malaysia has expanded a ban on visitors from China to include Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces, after China's decision to lock down cities in the provinces to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak that has claimed over 800 lives. (Reuters)

    15:10 (IST)09 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Govt removes surgical masks, gloves from export ban list

    The government has removed surgical masks and gloves from the list of banned export items, according to a notification. Last month, the government put a ban on exports of all kinds of personal protection equipment, including clothing and masks used to protect people from airborne particles amidst the outbreak of deadly novel coronavirus in China. (PTI)

    15:00 (IST)09 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Spain confirms its second case

    Spanish authorities on Sunday confirmed a second positive case of coronavirus in the country. (Reuters)

    14:38 (IST)09 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Pressure on pork supplies

    China Coronavirus outbreak putting further pressure on pork supplies, prices: Agri Ministry official (Reuters)

    14:18 (IST)09 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Two new cases of coronavirus detected in UAE

    Two new cases of coronavirus infection have been detected in the UAE, bringing the total number of people diagnosed with the deadly disease to seven, the country's health ministry has said. (PTI)

    14:02 (IST)09 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Final British evacuation flight from Wuhan lands

    Britain's final evacuation flight from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of a coronavirus outbreak, landed at a Royal Air Force base in central England on Sunday. The British government said on Saturday the plane had more than 200 people on board, including non-British nationals. The passengers also included staff who facilitated the flight as well as medics. They will be quarantined for 14 days. (Reuters)

    13:45 (IST)09 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Schools in Hebei to remain close in Feb

    China's Hebei province says schools will reopen no earlier than March 1 to prevent Coronavirus spread - People's Daily

    13:30 (IST)09 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Bangladesh scraps plans to bring back stuck 171 nationals

    Bangladesh has scrapped plans to bring back its 171 nationals stuck in coronavirus-hit China after it failed to arrange a flight following refusal from crew members to fly to the affected country, according to media reports on Sunday. State-run Biman Airlines' Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft on February 1 brought back 312 Bangladeshis, including 12 children and three infants in the wake of the deadly coronavirus outbreak in China, that has claimed 811 lives and infected over 37,000 others. “We can't send any flight. No crew member agrees to go there either. So, we've told them [stranded Bangladeshis] to wait,” Bangladesh Foreign Minister A K Abdul Momen was quoted as saying by bdnews24.com. (PTI)

    13:27 (IST)09 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Goa tourism industry puts Chinese delegation's visit on hold

    A Chinese delegation's visit to Goa has been put on hold by tourism industry stakeholders here in view of the novel coronavirus outbreak in the neighbouring country, an official said on Sunday. The delegation, comprising photographers, models, online and offline booking experts and marketing strategists from China, was supposed to arrive here on Sunday, Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) president Savio Messias told PTI.

    13:07 (IST)09 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Number of nCoV cases in different countries

    — Japan: 96— Singapore: 40— Thailand: 32— South Korea: 25— Taiwan: 16— Malaysia: 16— Australia: 14— Germany: 14— Vietnam: 14— United States: 12. Separately, one U.S. citizen died in China — France: 11— United Arab Emirates: 7— Canada: 6— Philippines: 3 cases, including 1 death — United Kingdom: 3— India: 3— Italy: 3— Russia: 2— Belgium: 1— Nepal: 1— Sri Lanka: 1— Sweden: 1— Spain: 1— Cambodia: 1— Finland: 1

    12:51 (IST)09 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: New virus has infected more than 37,500 people globally

    A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 37,500 people globally. The latest figures reported by global health authorities as of Sunday in Beijing: — China: 811 deaths and 37,198 confirmed cases on the mainland. In addition, Hong Kong has had 25 cases, including one death.Macao has had 10 cases. Most of the deaths have been in central Hubei province, where illnesses from the new type of coronavirus were first detected in December. (AP)

    12:06 (IST)09 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus: Scientists race to develop vaccine for nCov

    Scientists from the United States to Australia are using new technology in an ambitious, multi-million-dollar drive to develop a vaccine in record time to tackle China’s coronavirus outbreak. The new virus has spread rapidly since emerging late last year in China, killing more than 800 people in the mainland and infecting over 37,000. Cases have been reported in two dozen other countries. Read full news report

    12:00 (IST)09 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Hong Kong border towns welcome virus controls

    Traders in Hong Kong's border towns are lamenting plunging business during the coronavirus outbreak but some residents say they are enjoying the absence of crowds of Chinese mainlanders. The influx of migrants, tourists and traders has long been a controversial topic as the financial hub increasingly chafes under Beijing's authoritarian rule and the ever-rising cost of living. The polarisation is especially stark in towns along the city's border with mainland China. (AFP)

    11:42 (IST)09 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Don't use protective suits too much

    China's National Health Commission called for the "reasonable use" of protective suits in a statement on Sunday and cautioned against "excessive and disorderly" use of the clothing that would waste resources and could also increase infection. (Reuters)

    11:26 (IST)09 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Patient in Odisha tests negative

    Suspected coronavirus patient in Odisha has tested negative and has been discharged from a state-run hospital in Cuttack, authorities of the medicalinstitution said on Sunday. Earlier, two medical students admitted to the hospital had also tested negative, they said. (PTI)

    11:19 (IST)09 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus effect: Handset makers rattled

    Spread of the novel Coronavirus has not just impacted trade across Asia, but has also rattled handset makers in India as the shutdown in China threatens to disrupt their supply lines for components and spare parts. It is learnt that some Chinese companies are in process of re-scheduling smartphone launch dates for this month. Read Rishi Ranjan Kala's report

    11:18 (IST)09 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus death toll in China climbs to 811

    The death toll in China due to novel coronavirus epidemic rose to 811, while the confirmed cases jumped to over 37,000, the National Health Commission announced on Sunday. Eighty-nine deaths were reported on Saturday and there were 2,656 new confirmed cases of the deadly infection, it said in its daily report. Read full news here

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