Coronavirus Outbreak Highlights: India to start evacuating nationals stuck in Iran from Friday; cases reach 30 in country

Coronavirus News: With one more person testing positive for the deadly virus in Ghaziabad, the total number of cases in India reached 30 on Thursday.

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Coronavirus News: The Union Health Ministry issued an advisory to all schools in the country asking to avoid any large gathering of students in their premises. 

Coronavirus India News: The Delhi government has announced that all government and private primary schools will remain closed till March 31 as a precautionary move to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. With one more person testing positive for the deadly virus in Ghaziabad, the total number of cases in India reached 30 on Thursday. Last night, a PayTM employee in Gurgaon was tested positive, he recently returned from Italy. The government will start evacuation of Indian nationals stuck in Iran from Friday. About 2,000 Indians are reported stuck in Iran.

Wednesday, March 4, saw the highest spike in Coronavirus cases in India as 23 new cases of Coronavirus or COVID-19 were reported from different parts of the country including 15 Italian tourists in the Delhi and Rajasthan. In a big step to curb the growing footprint of Coronavirus, the government announced that all international passengers arriving in India will have to undergo screening at all international airports and sea-ports.

In Rajya Sabha, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan made a statement on the situation of coronavirus on Thursday and said so far 29 positive cases have been detected so far (at the time of his speech). He added that govt has created a task force and a group of ministers is also reviewing the situation. The Union Health Ministry issued an advisory to all schools in the country asking them to avoid any large gathering of students in their premises. The Ministry added that any student or staff with travel history to any coronavirus affected area in the world or those have got in touch with any person suspected to have coronavirus in the last 28 days should be monitored and quarantined at home for 14 days. Teachers have been asked to stay vigilant for any possible signs and symptoms among students and fellow staff like coughing, fever and short-breath. They should immediately inform parents and get them tested.

Meanwhile, in the United States, death toll has reached 11 on Wednesday. US Congress agreed to give over USD 8 billion for the fight against coronavirus.

California declared an emergency as the state’s first fatality from the coronavirus illness. In mainland China, the total number of Coronavirus deaths reached 3,012 with 31 new deaths on March 4 and it reported 139 new confirmed cases of coronavirus

PM Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, and their BJP colleagues have announced that they will not be attending any Holi Milan programme and asked citizens to take precautions and avoid large gatherings. Rashtrapati Bhavan has also cancelled Holi celebrations.

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23:15 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: First death reported in UK

The United Kingdom has reported first Coronavirus death. Meanwhile in Italy, total number of confirmed Coronavirus cases reached 3,858 on Thursday from 3,089 on Wednesday.

22:45 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: 68 people who came in contact with Italian couple test negative for coronavirus

The report of 68 people who had come in contact of the Italian couple, who are affected with Coronavirus, has come negative. Test report of other eight persons are awaited. The Italian couple is among 30 people who are confirmed to have been affected by the virus.

22:30 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: India to start evacuating nationals from Iran tomorrow

India to start evacuating its nationals who are stuck in Iran from Friday. From tomorrow, special flights will start between Iran and India for the stranded passengers. Over 2000 Indians are stranded in Iran. We can send them back to India only after proper approval of Indian authority, news agency ANI reported citing Iran Embassy Official. 

22:21 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Health Minister inspects IGI

Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardha visisted New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport’s Terminal 3 on Thursday night to inspect the management and preparedness for Coronavirus. 

22:16 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Death toll rises to 98 in Italy

Coronavirus death toll in worst-affected Italian region Lombardy has reached 98 from 73 a day before, Reuters reported citing an official.

21:51 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Govt facilitating return of stranded Indians from Iran

The government is making arrangements to facilitate the return of stranded Indians from Iran in the wake of Coronavirus outbreak. MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said as of now there are no Indians infected with the virus in Iran.

20:51 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Gurgaon women’s marathon postponed

The women’s marathon scheduled in Gurgaon for March 8 has been postponed to an indefinite date due to Coronavirus scare. The Haryana government was to organise the marathon on March 8 to mark International Women’s Day.

19:42 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Mughal Gardens to be closed from Saturday

Rashtrapati Bhavan’s popular Mughal Gardens will be closed for public from the coming Saturday, March 7, in the wake of Coronavirus outbreak. ‘Continuing the precautionary measures at Rashtrapati Bhavan in view of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus, the Mughal Gardens will close for public from Saturday (March 7, 2020) to avoid any large gathering of people,’ a statement issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan said. 

19:33 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: ITPO issues alert

India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) has issued an advisory asking people who have travelled to foreign country recently to refarain from visiting the ongoing ‘Aahar’ fair at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.

18:31 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: BMC launches 24X7 helpline

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has launches a 24×7 helpline number ‘1916’ to report Coronavirus cases in Mumbai. As per official information, 167 travelers have been quarantined since January upon landing at the Mumbai airport. Only nine are currently admitted to isolation wards.

18:27 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: South Africa confirms first case

South Africa’s health ministry on Thursday confirmed country’s first Coronavirus case. A 38-year-old man, who has recently travelled to Italy, has been tested positive for Covid19, the ministry said.

18:15 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Maharastra CM Uddhav Thackeray cautions people

Advising people to take needed precautions concerning Coronavirus, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday said that the people need to be cautious in the next 10-15 days. Speaking in the state Assmebly, Thackeray said the state government is taking all steps required for prevention of Coronavirus and people should not panic.

17:44 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: 7 Italy-returned persons put under home isolation in Madhya Pradesh

As a precautionary move, seven persons from three families have been isolated at home at Seoni in Madhya Pradesh after they returned from Italy last week. They didn’t show symptoms of Coronavirus, but the step was taken as they returned from Italy – one of the worst affected countries.

17:36 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: India-EU summit to be rescheduled

The India-EU summit, which was slated to be held later this month, will now be rescheduled in view of the coronavirus outbreak, the Ministry of External Affairs has said. Addressing a regular press briefing, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that India and EU have decided to reschedule Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Brussels.

17:28 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: 15 more deaths in Iran, toll reaches 107

The death toll due to Coronavirus has reached 107 in Iran with 15 more people succumbing to the deadly disease, news agency AFP reported on Thursday. Outside China, Italy, Iran and South Korea have reported maximum number of Covid19 cases.

17:05 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Iran death toll reaches 107

Iran will set up checkpoints to limit travel between major cities and urged citizens on Thursday to reduce their use of paper money to fight a spreading outbreak of the new coronavirus, which has killed at least 107 people across the Islamic Republic. The announcement in Iran came as Palestinian authorities said the storied Nativity Church in the biblical city of Bethlehem, built atop the spot where Christians believe Jesus was born, will close indefinitely later in the day over coronavirus fears. These mark the latest disruptions of life across the Mideast from the new virus, which has seen over 3,740 confirmed cases. (AP)

16:55 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Two isolated people flee from J-K hospital, brought back

Two people, who had a travel history to coronavirus-hit Italy and South Korea, fled from a Jammu-based government hospital’s isolation ward, but were brought back, officials said on Thursday.   They were admitted to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon. Samples were taken and sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune, they said. There was adequate hospital security outside the isolation ward, but relatives of one of the persons “forcefully” took their patient with them after which the other also fled, a senior GMCH official said. They “fled” on late Wednesday night, the official said. The two persons were brought back and admitted to the GMCH on Thursday, Dr Shafqat Khan, who has been nominated by the government as the nodal officer for coronavirus prevention in Jammu and Kashmir, told PTI.

16:52 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Coronavirus myth: Does it affect older people, or are younger people also susceptible?

People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus. WHO advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus, for example by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene.

16:44 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Coronavirus news: 16,076 crew, passengers onboard ships from China not allowed to disembark

As many as 16,076 crew and passengers onboard ships from China or having travel history to affected countries have not been allowed to disembark at Indian ports, a shipping ministry official said on Thursday. However, all possible assistance and help are being provided to these passengers and crew — onboard 452 ships anchored at designated places — as per WHO guidelines in case of any fever or symptoms. (PTI)

16:37 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Coronavirus news: Telangana samples tested negative

Two pending samples sent from Telangana to National Institute of Virology in Pune tested negative: Health Minister E Rajender (PTI)

16:15 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Coronavirus news: Delhi shuts primary schools

From tomorrow, all such schools (upto class 5th) both government and private to remain shut till March 31, in view of Coronavirus: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia (ANI) | READ MORE HERE

16:12 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Myth: Does sesame oil block virus from entering the body?

No. Sesame oil does not kill the new coronavirus. There are some chemical disinfectants that can kill the 2019-nCoV on surfaces. These include bleach/chlorine-based disinfectants, either solvents, 75% ethanol, peracetic acid and chloroform. However, they have little or no impact on the virus if you put them on the skin or under your nose. It can even be dangerous to put these chemicals on your skin. (WHO)

15:59 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Coronavirus News: ‘Suspend biometric attendance’

Delhi govt advises its departments, autonomous bodies to suspend biometric attendance system in wake of coronavirus outbreak: Official. (PTI)

15:54 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Coronavirus News: Virus could cost airlines USD 113 bn revenue in 2020

The airline industry could lose up to USD 113 billion in revenue this year due to the impact of the new coronavirus, an industry body warned Thursday, as the epidemic spreads rapidly worldwide. “The turn of events as a result of COVID-19 is almost without precedent,” said Alexandre de Juniac, head of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), following a meeting in Singapore. “In little over two months, the industry’s prospects in much of the world have taken a dramatic turn for the worse.” (AFP)

15:34 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Ministry of Health issues fresh travel guidelines

Ministry of Health has issued a fresh travel advisory on the Coronavirus outbreak. The advisory has notified the cancellation of visa granted on or before March 3 to the nationals of Italy,  Iran, Japan, and South Korea who have not yet entered India. The government has also repealed visas for the passengers who have not entered India yet and have travel history to the epicenters of the virus such as Japan, Italy, Iran, and South Korea after February 1.

15:22 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Contractor at Facebook’s Seattle office diagnosed with Coronavirus

Facebook has announced it will close its Seattle office till March 9  after a contractor at the office has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, reported the news agency Reuters.

15:19 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Government mandates medical certificate to enter India

The government has mandated a certificate of having tested negative for COVID-19 from designated laboratories authorized by health authorities of the countries affected by the Coronavirus in order to enter into India for passengers with travel history to Coronavris-hir countries. The new rule will be applied from 12 AM of March 10 in addition to the existing visa restrictions.

15:07 (IST)05 Mar 2020
5 people with travel history to Coronavirus-hit countries put in isolation in Srinagar

5 people who have travel history to countries hit with Coronavirus outbreak have been put in isolation in Srinagar hospital after they showed symptoms of the disease, reported the news agency PTI.

15:01 (IST)05 Mar 2020
New Coronavirus case in Ghaziabad

The total number of Coronavirus cases in India has reached 30 as one more case detected in Ghaziabad with travel history to Iran, reported the news agency PTI.

14:45 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Coronavirus myth: Can eating garlic help prevent infection?

Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus. (WHO)

14:43 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Coronavirus news: Test Rahul Gandhi, says Beniwal

Italy is badly affected with Coronavirus so I requested the govt that Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Rahul & Priyanka Gandhi be tested for Coronavirus, since they have recently come back from Italy: Hanuman Beniwal, Rashtriya Loktantrik Party MP – NDA.  (ANI)

14:21 (IST)05 Mar 2020
CM Kejriwal draws Delhi government’s road map to tackle Coronavirus

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has suggested the need to work in emergency mode to prevent an outbreak.  He outlined the Delhi government’s plans to screen all the suspects with travel history.

14:07 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Rahul Gandhi attacks government’s claims on Coronavirus

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi has attacked the government’s claims of the Coronavirus crisis under control. The Wayanad-MP has said that the health minister’s statement on Coronavirus is like Titanic captain telling passengers not to panic.  He also asked the government to form an action plan backed by solid resources to tackle Coronavirus.

13:53 (IST)05 Mar 2020
South Korea reports 322 new Coronavirus cases

South Korea has reported 322 new cases of Coronavirus. The addition takes the total number of Coronavirus cases to 6,088.

13:39 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: ‘Recovered’ patient dies of respiratory failure

A 36-year-old  recovered patient of Coronavirus infection has died of respiratory failure, reported the Shanghai-based news portal The Paper. China the origin country of the Coronavirus infection has reported 139 new cases.

13:30 (IST)05 Mar 2020
IATA raises alarm on Coronavirus’ impact on global aviation

The International Air Transport Association has raised concerns about the ongoing slump in the air traffic owing to the Coronavirus outbreak. The association has said that the virus has affected the countries without any reported outbreak as well.

13:26 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Coronavirus myth: Can regularly rinsing your nose with saline help?

No. There is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus. There is some limited evidence that regularly rinsing nose with saline can help people recover more quickly from the common cold. However, regularly rinsing the nose has not been shown to prevent respiratory infections. (WHO)

13:23 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Working with Iranian authorities to evacuate Indians, says EAM S Jaishankar

Minister for External Affairs S Jaishankar said that the Indian medical team will reach Iran today and they are likely to set up the first clinic at Qom evening to start screening for coronavirus.  Jaishankar said that India is working with Iranian authorities on logistics to evacuate Indians stranded in the country.

13:17 (IST)05 Mar 2020
CDC recommends minimum time for washing hands to prevent Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that people should wash their hands with soap for a minimum period of 20 seconds to prevent infection.

13:11 (IST)05 Mar 2020
Global death tool reaches 3,270

The total number of Coronavirus cases registered globally has reached 94,566 out of which 3,270 people have died.

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