Coronavirus Latest Updates: Scientists announce breakthrough in COVID-19 treatment as death toll crosses 2,100 in China

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Updated:Feb 20, 2020 7:34:37 pm

Coronavirus Latest Updates: In Shimla, six Chinese nationals have been put under surveillance in the view of Coronavirus outbreak. They arrived in Himachal Pradesh in the past few days in two batches from Kolkata and were diagnosed as 'asymptomatic'. 

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Coronavirus Latest Updates: The death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak has crossed 2,100-mark in China and the overall number of confirmed cases has climbed to 74,576.  Meanwhile, scientists in the US have announced a major breakthrough which can be critical in creating a treatment regime for COVID-19. According to a PTI report, American scientists announced that they have created the first 3D atomic-scale map of the part of the nCOV which attaches to and infects cells in humans. This is a critical step toward developing nCoV vaccine and treatments.

Meanwhile, two people who were on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan’s coast have died. The passengers were a man and a woman in their 80s, Reuters reported citing an unidentified government source.  542 people, including 6 Indian passenger and crew members, had tested positive for the novel coronavirus onboard the cruise ship that had been kept off the Japanese coastline for fear of an even bigger outbreak.

In Shimla, six Chinese nationals have been put under surveillance in the view of Coronavirus outbreak. They arrived in Himachal Pradesh in the past few days in two batches from Kolkata and were diagnosed as ‘asymptomatic’.  They have been put under surveillance and advised to report to the health officials in case of symptoms of cough and fever, PTI reported.

In the meanwhile, India will be sending a C-17 Globemaster military aircraft to deliver medical supplies to the virus-hit Wuhan city on Thursday. On the return leg of the journey, the aircraft is expected to evacuate approximately 100 Indian citizens who are still lodged in the central China city.

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    15:50 (IST)20 Feb 2020
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    15:35 (IST)20 Feb 2020
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    15:07 (IST)20 Feb 2020
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    15:04 (IST)20 Feb 2020
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    14:19 (IST)20 Feb 2020
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    13:48 (IST)20 Feb 2020
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    13:39 (IST)20 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Australia quarantines coronavirus cruise ship arrivals

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    13:20 (IST)20 Feb 2020
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    13:11 (IST)20 Feb 2020
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    12:55 (IST)20 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: India's third coronavirus patient discharged from hospital in Kerala

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    12:41 (IST)20 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Australia extends ban on China arrivals to 4th week

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    12:34 (IST)20 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus shadow on Olympics

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    12:30 (IST)20 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: South Korea city urges 2.5 million to stay home

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    12:09 (IST)20 Feb 2020
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    11:59 (IST)20 Feb 2020
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    11:18 (IST)20 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Updates: Indian students on COVID outbreak

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    11:03 (IST)20 Feb 2020
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    10:31 (IST)20 Feb 2020
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    10:30 (IST)20 Feb 2020
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    10:26 (IST)20 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Updates: Shanghai river town opts for caution

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    09:52 (IST)20 Feb 2020
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    09:41 (IST)20 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus: First batch of Cruise passengers arrive in Hong Kong

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    09:31 (IST)20 Feb 2020
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    09:21 (IST)20 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Updates: China announces biggest drop in new virus cases

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    08:58 (IST)20 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Latest Updates: Two coronavirus patients from Japan cruise ship dead

    Two elderly coronavirus patients from a quarantined cruise ship off Japan have died, media reports said on Thursday, citing a government source. A man and a woman in their 80s who had been infected have died, public broadcaster NHK and other media said. No immediate confirmation was available from the health ministry. They would be the first fatal cases among more than 600 confirmed on the ship. (AFP)

    08:57 (IST)20 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Updates: Six Chinese nationals put under surveillance in Shimla

    Six Chinese nationals, who arrived in Himachal Pradesh in the past few days, were put under surveillance here on Wednesday in view of the novel coronavirus outbreak in China, an official said. The Chinese nationals, who arrived here in two batches on February 13 and February 16 via Kolkata, were "asymptomatic".The state health department got to know about their presence here on Tuesday night. They have been put under surveillance and advised to report to the health officials in case of symptoms of cough and fever, the official said. (PTI)

    16:13 (IST)19 Feb 2020
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    15:41 (IST)19 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Updates: One Indian crew member aboard cruise ship shifted to hospital

    One Indian crew member aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship who tested positive for COVID-19 virus has been shifted to hospital, the Indian Embassy in Japan tweeted. The rest of the Indians receiving treatment are responding well to treatment, it added.

    15:12 (IST)19 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Updates: Two Chinese crew members of a ship quarantined in Chennai

    Two Chinese crew members of a ship that arrived in Chennai have been quarantined at the Chennai Port Trust, PTI reported. The ship that has 19 Chinese crew members in total, had visited ports in China. The two people kept under observation reported mild fever.

    14:33 (IST)19 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Updates: China reports drop in new cases

    Mainland China has now registered a drop in the number of coronavirus cases for 15 straight days. This figure by Chinese authorities excludes Hubei province, reported Reuters.

    13:49 (IST)19 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Updates: Two-month-old baby infected with COVID-19 discharged

    In what was reported as the youngest known confirmed case of coronavirus in the province, a two-month-old baby infected with COVID-19 was discharged from a hospital in China's Guangdong. Xinhua reported that the girl and her family had arrived in the Chaozhou cty from Wuhan on January 25 when she alongwith her elder brother and grandmother tested positive to the virus.

    13:34 (IST)19 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Updates: Taiwan to evacuate citizens from virus-hit cruise ship

    Taiwan has said it will be sending a chartered flight to evacuate its citizens on the Diamond Princess cruise ship this week. Reuters reported that over 20 Taiwanese citizens are onboard the ship that is quarantined off Japanese coast near Yokohama.

    13:02 (IST)19 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Updates: Health Ministry says 5.67 lakh people screened so far

    Health Ministry has tweeted that 5.67 lakh people have been screened at 82 border check posts set up for screening for coronavirus patients. In the states of West Bengal, Bihar, Sikkim, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, 2954 gram sabhas in 7216 villages of 21 border districts took part in this exercise.

    12:39 (IST)19 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Updates: Samples of 3 patients tested positive in Kerala so far

    Health Ministry informs that out of 2,654 samples tested, only 3 have been found positive in Kerala. Of these 3 patients, two have already been discharged. 

    12:04 (IST)19 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus Updates: China wrapping up door-to-door COVID-19 virus screening campaign in Wuhan

    China is wrapping up its door-to-door coronavirus screening campaign in Wuhan, reports AP. This was being done to ensure that anyone showing symptoms of the COVID-19 virus wasn't missed.

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