Coronavirus Latest Updates: 3 fresh cases reported from Ladakh, Tamil Nadu — Total goes up to 34

Coronavirus in India: PM Narendra Modi requested Indians to not believe in hearsay and rumours on what to do and what not to do on coronavirus and urged people to consult doctors in case they have any doubts.

Coronavirus Latest Updates: 3 fresh cases reported from Ladakh, Tamil Nadu — Total goes up to 34

Coronavirus Latest Updates: The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus has now gone up to 34 in India. Till Friday, the number was 31 which went up today after three more people tested positive on today — two are from Ladakh with travel history to Iran and one is from Tamil Nadu who had visited Oman. Earlier in the day, PM Modi reviewed the situation on coronavirus and action taken so far by various ministries. He also directed that an immediate exercise be taken up to identify sufficient locations for quarantine and also for critical care provisioning in case the disease spread. He also instructed officials to plan for early testing and evacuation of Indians from Iran.

PM Modi requested the people to consult doctors in case they have any doubts. He said that the entire world is now picking up the habit of saying ‘Namaste’, so if for any reason we Indians might have left the habit, then it is the right time to resume saying ‘Namaste’, instead of shaking hands.

A flight from Tehran brought swab samples of Indians in Iran who are suspected of having virus infection. The flight landed at around 5.30 am, and returned with many Iranian nationals at around 1030 am on Saturday. The Indian government also discussed with the Iranian authorities and a ferry flight with 300 swabs of Indians suspected to have contracted the coronavirus infection from Tehran will be arriving in Delhi soon. This plane operated by Iran’s Mahan Air would not be carrying any passengers and would ferry Iranians from India on its way back to Tehran.

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22:27 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: Delhi woman kept under isolation for suspected virus

A woman has been admitted to Safdarjung Hospital for suspected infection. She came in contact with the Paytm employee who tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week. The woman was kept under isolation at the hospital. “One more case is preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19 in Delhi. Confirmation is awaited. She has no travel history but has a history of contact with Case no. 2 (the Paytm employee) on 28.02.2020,” it said. (PTI)

22:05 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: Test reports of 18 persons negative in MP

The test report for all 18 persons in Madhya Pradesh has come out negative. The persons with a history of travel to virus-hit countries were screened. Of them, 171 persons are under home isolation. According to PTI, samples of 20 persons were sent to laboratories due to suspected exposure to the virus.

21:46 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: Licences of 5 medical stores cancelled

The licences of five medical stores have been cancelled after they sold hand sanitisers and face masks at inflated rates in the wake of the coronavirus. The drug department conducted raids on a number of retail and wholesale medical stores in the district following several complaints of black marketing of precautionary equipment to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infection, such as masks and sanitisers. (PTI)


21:13 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus in Maharashtra: 15 in hospital quarantine, no confirmed cases yet

Presently, 15 persons have been kept under observation in Maharashtra. The laboratory reports of 16 persons were expected tonight. So far, no confirmed case has been reported in Maharashtra. As many as 96,493 passengers from 793 flight have been screened at international airports in Mumbai and Pune.  (PTI)

21:03 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: Odisha govt puts restrictions on ministers’ foreign visit

The Odisha government puts restrictions on the foreign visit of ministers and senior officers in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Also, Governor Ganeshi Lal and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik say that they will not celebrate Holi this year. The state government has also exempted its employees from using the biometric system to mark their attendance. FULL STORY 

20:37 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: India receives 108 samples from Iran

Coronavirus: Today, India received 108 samples from Iran. These samples are being tested at the laboratory in AIIMS. Six scientists from the Indian Council of Medical Research have been stationed in Iran. Equipment and reagents, worth approximately Rs10 crores have been dispatched to enable them to set up a lab there.

20:18 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: Latest from Health Ministry — cases jump to 34 in India

Coronavirus: Three more cases have been found positive for COVID-19. These include two from Ladakh with travel history to Iran and one from Tamil Nadu with travel history to Oman. With these new cases, a total number of cases is now 34 in India. Presently, 31 cases are being treated in hospitals and are stable whereas the earlier three from Kerala have been discharged.

19:52 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus cases hit 100,000 worldwide

The number of cases from the coronavirus has touched 100,000 worldwide. The WHO calls the spread of the coronavirus “deeply concerning” as a wave of countries reported their first cases of the disease. The deadly virus has now killed more than 3,500 people and infected more than 100,000 across 94 nations and territories.

19:32 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Iran coronavirus toll jumps to 145

The number of deaths due to coronavirus has gone up to 145 in Iran. On Saturday, Tehran reported 21 deaths including a politician who became the eighth official to succumb to the deadly virus.  In the last 24 hours, Iran reported 1,076 additional cases of coronavirus. More than 16,000 people are currently hospitalised as suspect cases. 

19:18 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Three more positive coronavirus cases in India

Three more positive cases of coronavirus have been reported in India. With this, the total number of confirmed cases has gone up to 34 — two are from Ladakh with travel history to Iran and one is from Tamil Nadu who had visited Oman. All the patients are stable.

18:42 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Kuwait suspends flights from seven countries including India

Kuwait suspends operations of all flights to and from seven countries including India in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. ‘All flights to and from Bangladesh, the Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt, for one week,’ the General Administration of Civil Administration said in a release.

18:17 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: PM Modi’s COVID-19 review meeting attended by senior ministers

Prime Minister’s Office has informed that PM’s COVID-19 review meeting was attended by Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of External Affairs Dr S Jaishankar, Minister of State Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey and other high-level officers. (ANI) |READ MORE

18:13 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: PM Narendra Modi holds COVID-19 review meet

Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds review meet with regards to coronavirus outbreak. He has asked officials to ensure sufficient quarantine, critical care facilities, reports PTI. |READ MORE

18:02 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: 400 samples of symptomatic persons sent for testing in Karnataka

The Government of Karnataka has said that as of Saturday, 9 persons have been admitted to selected isolation hospitals and 400 samples of symptomatic persons have been sent for coronavirus testing. Of these 326 samples have been reported as negative and results of 74 samples are awaited. (ANI)

17:40 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: 9 persons admitted to isolation hospitals in Karnataka

Coronavirus updates in Karnataka:  No positive Coronavirus case till today. 9 persons have been admitted to isolation hospitals. Health officials have sent 400 samples of symptomatic persons for testing. 326 samples have reported negative for the COVID-19 virus.  

17:31 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: South Africa confirms new COVID-19 case

South Africa has confirmed the second case of COVID-19.

17:25 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: New cases emerge in Qatar

Qatar’s health ministry has reported the 12th case of Coronavirus in the country. (Reuters)

17:19 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Cases rise in Kuwait, UAE

UAE’s Health Ministry confirms rise in number of coronavirus cases to 45 from 30.  On the other hand, Kuwait recorded three new cases of coronavirus taking the total tally to 61. (Reuters)

17:13 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: UP Governor cancels annual ‘Holi Milan’ programme

UP Governor Anandiben Patel has cancelled the annual ‘Holi Milan’ programme as a precautionary measure against coronavirus outbreak. (PTI)

16:47 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: BSF North Bengal Frontier restricts civilians from watching ICP Fulbari Joint Retreat

The Border Security Force (BSF) North Bengal Frontier has restricted civilians from watching Integrated Check Post (ICP) Fulbari Joint Retreat between Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Guards Bangladesh (BGB) in view of the coronavirus outbreak. (ANI)

16:27 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Flight brings swabs of Indians from Iran

A flight from Tehran on Saturday brought to the national capital swab samples of Indians in Iran who are suspected of having coronavirus infection, an airport official said. The flight, operated by Mahan Air, landed at around 5.30 am, and returned with many Iranian nationals at around 1030 am on Saturday, an official at the Indira Gandhi International Airport said. (PTI) |READ MORE

16:19 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Beating retreat ceremony at Attari-Wagah border suspended till further orders

The beating retreat ceremony at the Attari-Wagah border has been suspended till further orders, in view of coronavirus, says Narain Jeet, Police Post Incharge, Attari in Amritsar. (ANI)

16:05 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates:Two suspected cases admitted to Amritsar hospital

Dr Raman Sharma of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, Amritsar, has said that two suspected cases of coronavirus have been admitted to his hospital. Dr. Sharma added that the two, who had recently returned from Italy, have been kept in isolation. They have not been allowed to contact anyone while they are under observation and their reports from Pune are awaited, he said. (ANI)

15:51 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Union Health Minister seeks strict action against those overcharging for masks

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday sought strict action against those charging inflated prices for face masks. During a review meeting on coronavirus outbreak, he stressed on the importance of states keeping quarantine facilities, isolation wards and testing labs in active readiness. (PTI)

15:45 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: 4,058 samples tested for COVID-19 so far

As on March 6, a total of 4,058 samples from 3,404 individuals have been tested by the health ministry network. This includes testing of 1,308 samples from 654 individuals evacuated from Wuhan, China and quarantined at ITBP and Manesar Camp and tested twice on days 0 and 14. Subsequently, another 236 individuals evacuated from Wuhan and Diamond Princess Ship, Japan on February 27 were tested. (PTI)

15:35 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Union health ministry adds more labs for COVID-19 testing

Union health ministry was quoted by PTI as saying that following the increase in load of screening samples from suspected cases with symptoms and travel history to the affected countries, the Department of Health Research/ICMR has commissioned 52 laboratories for COVID-19 testing in India.

15:24 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Google’s Deepmind AI helping scientists better understand COVID-19

Google’s DeepMind is putting its assets of Artificial intelligence to help scientists understand the peculiar features of the coronavirus. The latest version of its Alphafold technology has been assigned the task to predict the structures of the understudies proteins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The company has said that the projections AlphaFold can make of the virus are unverified but it can certainly help the health scientists to know better about the virus. |READ MORE

15:20 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Indigo waives off fee on change in bookings

Private carrier Indigo has announced that it will be waiving off any fees levied for changing bookings. The waiver would be applicable on all existing bookings between March 12 and March 31, 2020. This condition would also be applicable to any fresh bookings made during the period, the airline said in a statement. The move has come due to the rising fear amid the coronavirus outbreak. |READ MORE

15:05 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Telangana Health Min reviews arrangements for coronavirus at govt hospital

Seeking to allay fears among people over coronavirus, Telangana Health Minister E Rajender visited the state-run hospital here, where a 24-year-old man,  who tested positive for COVID 19 and others with suspected symptoms of the infection are being treated, and interacted with them. (PTI)

14:52 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: 52 laboratories made functional across country

The Union Health Ministry has said that 52 laboratories have been made functional across the country for testing samples for coronavirus.

14:51 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Two from Punjab with travel history to Italy test positive in initial report

The samples of two Hoshiarpur people from the group of three that has a history of traveling to Italy have tested positive for coronavirus in the preliminary report of AIIMS Delhi, Indian Express reported quoting government statement. The two have been admitted to Government Medical College (GMCH) in Amritsar and their final reports were awaited from NIV, Pune, said a government spokesperson. 

14:41 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: COVID-19 outbreak has made global scenario more complex, says Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

The novel coronavirus outbreak has made the international scenario more complex, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, emphasising on the preparedness to tackle challenges that might not allow adequate reaction time. (PTI)

14:29 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat holds meeting with top officials

Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat today held a meeting with top officials of all the departments to discuss preparedness for COVID19. CM Rawat said that teams of all concerned departments are working together and there have been no suspected cases of coronavirus in the state till now. (ANI)

14:19 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: South Korea reports 274 new COVID-19 virus cases

South Korea has reported 274 new cases today, Reuters has reported.

14:09 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Latest Updates: Coronavirus may cause $61 mn loss to Pakistan, says ADB

Cash-strapped Pakistan may face losses up to $61 million due to the deadly coronavirus outbreak, the ADB has said in its assessment report on the impact of the novel COVID-19 outbreak. The virus that first emerged in China’s Wuhan city in the Hubei province in December last year has spread to 97 countries and has infected 102,180 people, including 80,651 in China, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus tracker. (PTI)

14:00 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Latest Updates: 15 Americans quarantined in Bethlehem hotel

15 Americans have been quarantined in a hotel in Bethlehem over coronavirus fears, Reuters has reported Palestinian government Spokesperson as saying.

13:49 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Latest Updates: Srinagar mayor calls for cancellation of Khelo India winter games

Amid the coronavirus scare, Srinagar Mayor Junaid Mattu has called for the cancellation of Khelo India’s first winter games chapter, which was scheduled to start in Jammu and Kashmir’s Gulmarg town on Saturday. Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju reached Kashmir to inaugurate the event, which would continue till Wednesday. Around 800-900 sportspersons would be taking part in different events at the ski-resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. (PTI)

13:35 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Two apartment buildings in South Korea quarantined over COVID-19 virus

Two South Korean apartment buildings heavily occupied by members of a sect linked to most of the country’s coronavirus cases have been quarantined after dozens of residents tested positive for the disease, an official said Saturday. The move comes as the country, which has the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world outside China, reported 174 new infections, taking its total to 6,767. (AFP)

13:27 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Tourism witnesses slump amid COVID-19 scare

In wake of the coronavirus outbreak across the world and the recent cases detected in India, foreign tourists have cancelled their trips to Aurangabad in Maharashtra, home to the famed Ajanta and Ellora Caves, reports PTI.

13:07 (IST)07 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference under global virus threat

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) may be the next ‘major’ tech event to suffer a setback, or cancellation, in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Apple usually holds WWDC in June every year but it may be forced to either cancel it or postpone it, this year. |READ MORE

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