Coronavirus Highlights: Evacuated Indians sent to quarantine facility; Death toll reaches 2,744

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Updated: February 27, 2020 4:55:26 pm

Coronavirus: An Air India flight from Tokyo landed in Delhi in the wee hours of Thursday, carrying 119 Indian nationals and five people from Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa and Peru.

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Coronavirus Highlights: Amid the global outbreak of coronavirus, an Indian Air Force C17 Globemaster landed in Wuhan on Wednesday carrying 15 tonnes of medical aid to help China with the epidemic. The flight, on its return, has ferried 76 Indians and 36 nationals from Bangladesh, Myanmar, China, Maldives, the US, South Africa and Madagascar. Meanwhile, an Air India flight from Tokyo landed in Delhi in the wee hours of Thursday, carrying 119 Indian nationals and five people from Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa and Peru. The evacuated people had been quarantined aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship off the coast of Japan due to the outbreak of coronavirus onboard the cruise. Both the developments were tweeted by Union Minister of External Affairs Dr S Jaishankar.
The death toll from the virus in mainland China reached 2,744, with 29 deaths being reported on Thursday. This tally is the lowest number of daily deaths reported from China, where the virus broke out, since January, providing some relief to the Chinese authorities. In the US, public health officials in the US warned the citizens to be prepared for more cases of the virus.

Meanwhile, social media giant Facebook on Wednesday revealed that it would be banning those ads that make false claims about products being tied to the coronavirus, like ads for masks which are claimed to 100% prevent the speed of the coronavirus.

Financial Express will keep you updated with the latest on coronavirus outbreak. Stay tuned.

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    16:05 (IST)26 Feb 2020
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    16:03 (IST)26 Feb 2020
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    14:57 (IST)26 Feb 2020
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    14:26 (IST)26 Feb 2020
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    14:15 (IST)26 Feb 2020
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    14:07 (IST)26 Feb 2020
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    13:48 (IST)26 Feb 2020
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    13:34 (IST)26 Feb 2020
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    11:36 (IST)26 Feb 2020
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    11:17 (IST)26 Feb 2020
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    10:58 (IST)26 Feb 2020
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    10:38 (IST)26 Feb 2020
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