Coronavirus Updates: Death toll crosses 630; India may consider evacuating Pakistani students

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Updated: February 7, 2020 7:11:21 pm

Coronavirus update: India conducted the evacuation of its stranded citizen from Wuhan last week. Two Air India evacuated over 600 Indians who were living across Hubei province in China.

Coronavirus latest updates, Coronavirus outbreak, n95 mask, wuhan university, sars, nipah virus, n95 respirator mask, kerala virus, karona, carona, Coronavirus symptoms, Coronavirus treatment, Coronavirus medicine, Coronavirus preventionCoronavirus updates: Over 600 have died in China due to the nCoV.

Coronavirus Updates: Over 630 people have lost their lives due in China due to novel coronavirus outbreak and the total number of confirmed cases have crossed 31,000, according to Chinese authorities. 69 more deaths were reported yesterday in Mainland China. Wuhan in China’s Hubei province which is the epicentre of the virus outbreak has reported the maximum number of deaths. India has said that the country can consider evacuating Pakistani students stranded in China’s Wuhan and nearby areas if the situation arises. Raveesh Kumar, MEA’s official spokesperson said that they have not received such request so far. “But if such a situation arises and keeping in mind the resources available, we can look into it,” he said.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus outbreak as a global health emergency. In India, three positive cases have been reported from Kerala. Meanwhile, all evacuated Indian Citizens’ from China, who are kept in quarantine camps near Delhi, have been tested negative for the virus. In Kerala, on the other hand, due to the three positive cases, industry players have said that tourists are now cancelling their bookings and tourism in the state is suffering.

In China, the doctor, Li Wenliang, 34, who first warned about Coronavirus has died due to the disease triggering anger and grief. Li told his friends on WeChat about a SARS-like disease spreading in Wuhan.

India conducted the evacuation of its stranded citizen from Wuhan last week. Two Air India evacuated over 600 Indians who were living across Hubei province in China. They are now being kept in two isolation camps near Delhi

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    19:04 (IST)07 Feb 2020
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    19:02 (IST)07 Feb 2020
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    18:59 (IST)07 Feb 2020
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    18:40 (IST)07 Feb 2020
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    18:32 (IST)07 Feb 2020
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    18:07 (IST)07 Feb 2020
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    17:58 (IST)07 Feb 2020
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    17:45 (IST)07 Feb 2020
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    17:35 (IST)07 Feb 2020
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    17:34 (IST)07 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Berlin wants to evacuate more Germans from virus-hit Wuhan, says report

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    17:33 (IST)07 Feb 2020
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    16:51 (IST)07 Feb 2020
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    16:50 (IST)07 Feb 2020
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    15:02 (IST)07 Feb 2020
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    14:10 (IST)07 Feb 2020
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    14:03 (IST)07 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Man quarantined in Pune after vomiting in flight

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    13:46 (IST)07 Feb 2020
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    13:33 (IST)07 Feb 2020
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    13:24 (IST)07 Feb 2020
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    12:57 (IST)07 Feb 2020
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    12:56 (IST)07 Feb 2020
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    12:36 (IST)07 Feb 2020
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    12:34 (IST)07 Feb 2020
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    12:12 (IST)07 Feb 2020
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    12:00 (IST)07 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: 4th plane carrying Japanese nationals from Wuhan lands in Tokyo

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    11:59 (IST)07 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Xi asks Trump to 'respond reasonably' to the outbreak

    China's official news agency says President Xi Jinping has urged the U.S. to "respond reasonably" to the virus outbreak in a phone call with President Donald Trump. China's foreign ministry has previously complained that the U.S. was flying its citizens out of the worst-hit city of Wuhan but not providing any assistance to China. (AP)

    11:55 (IST)07 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Asian Development Bank to distribute $2mn to tackle virus

    The Asian Development Bank says it will distribute $2 million to strengthen measures to detect and respond to the virus in China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. The bank said Friday that the money will pay for diagnostic and laboratory equipment and for improved outbreak surveillance and response, especially in rural areas. (AP)

    11:53 (IST)07 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Plane with Canadian citizens from Wuhan lands in Vancouver

    A plane carrying Canadian citizens from Wuhan, China, has landed in Vancouver. The evacuation flight organized by the Canadian government is refueling in Vancouver before flying to a military base in Ontario. (AP)

    11:51 (IST)07 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: China confident of defeating coronavirus, Xi Jinping tells Trump

    China was gradually achieving results and was confident it could defeat the epidemic with no long-term consequences for economic development, Xi told his U.S. counterpart in a telephone call, according to state television. The phone call to the White House, which China has accused of scaremongering over the epidemic, came as its central bank vowed to step up policy support for affected sectors. (Reuters)

    11:48 (IST)07 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Coronavirus claims world's biggest capacity car plant

    The most productive car factory in the world fell quiet on Friday as South Korea's Hyundai suspended operations at its giant Ulsan complex, hamstrung by a lack of parts with the coronavirus outbreak crippling China's industrial output. (AFP)

    11:40 (IST)07 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: China anti-corruption body to probe 'issues' related to Dr Li Wenliang

    China's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, its top anti-corruption body, said on Friday it would send investigators to Wuhan to probe "issues raised by the people in connection with Dr Li Wenliang." Li, an ophthalmologist at a hospital in Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, died on Friday after saying he had contracted the virus, sparking a wave of public mourning. He had earlier revealed he was one of eight people reprimanded by Wuhan police last month for "spreading rumours" about the virus. (Reuters)

    11:31 (IST)07 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: China President Xi discusses coronavirus with US President Trump, says Chinese state media

    Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke on Friday with US President Donald Trump on the novel coronavirus outbreak, emphasising that China has "spared no effort in fighting the epidemic", state media reported.   Xi told Trump on the phone that China was "fully confident and capable of defeating the epidemic", and that "the long-term trend of China's economic development for the better will not change", according to state broadcaster CCTV. (AFP)

    11:29 (IST)07 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Japan's 4th evacuation flight lands from Wuhan

    Japan's fourth chartered flight has returned to Tokyo from Wuhan, the epicentre of a viral outbreak in central China, carrying 198 Japanese evacuees and their Chinese spouses. (AP)

    11:24 (IST)07 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: VP Naidu congratulates Air India's evacuation team

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    11:22 (IST)07 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Congress MP moves motion in Lok Sabha for urgent evacuation of Indian students in China

    Congress MP Kodikunnil Suresh has given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha over "urgent need to initiate all steps through inter-governmental & diplomatic routes to ensure Indian students in China are brought back to India". (ANI)

    11:13 (IST)07 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Union Health Minister to give a statement today

    Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan to make a statement on Government response to novel coronavirus outbreak in China. (PTI)

    10:57 (IST)07 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Union Ministry of Health releases video on how to reduce coronavirus risk

    The Union Ministry of Health on Friday tweeted a video on the measures people can undertake in order to reduce the risk of coronavirus.

    10:54 (IST)07 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: WHO says too early to say coronavirus peaking in China

    The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that it was too early to say that China's coronavirus outbreak was peaking, but noted that the country had recorded its first day of a drop in the number of new infections. (Reuters)

    10:42 (IST)07 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Two more evacuation planes to US leave from Wuhan

    Two planes carrying about 300 passengers, mostly US citizens, took off from Wuhan, China, on Thursday bound for the United States, marking the third group of evacuees the State Department has airlifted from the heart of the coronavirus outbreak, the agency said. (Reuters)

    10:23 (IST)07 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: China says Italy willing to resume some China flights

    China's foreign ministry said on Friday that Italy was willing to resume some flights between the two countries after it suspended direct air traffic last month over worries about the coronavirus outbreak. China's vice foreign minister, Qin Gang, had a meeting on Thursday with Italy's ambassador to China, Luca Ferrari, during which they discussed the issue, the ministry said. (Reuters)

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