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Coronavirus updates from India: Virus cases climb to 110

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Published Mar 12, 2020, 1:54 pm IST
Updated Mar 17, 2020, 12:57 pm IST
Countries hit by coronavirus are stepping up measures to contain the virus
Evacuees who tested negative for the novel coronavirus pose for a group photo at the ITBP quarantine facility in Chhawla, New Delhi. (Image- PTI)
 Evacuees who tested negative for the novel coronavirus pose for a group photo at the ITBP quarantine facility in Chhawla, New Delhi. (Image- PTI)

A day after the Indian government declared coronavirus a notified disaster, the number of cases in India had limbed to 107. There have been 1,50,000 cases recorded from acrorss the world with death toll touching 5700 in 137 countries.

Over 450 stranded Indians were flown back from Italy and Iran, the two worst affected countries after China, and quarantined.

 

Mumbai cops invokes section 144 to ban group tours

Mumbai Police on Sunday invoked section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) to prohibit tour operators from conducting any kind of group tours to foreign or domestic destinations till March 31

117 put in home isolation in Mizoram

A total of 117 people with novel coronavirus-like symptoms have been put in home isolation in Mizoram. Though Mizoram has not yet reported any positive case of coronavirus, 117 people have been home quarantined as a precautionary measure, Health department principal director F Lallianhlira.

 

Jammu medical official suspended for disclosing identity of suspected coronavirus patient

A medical superintendent of a hospital was placed under suspension for disclosing the identity of a suspected coronavirus patient in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Sunday.

Tourism industry badly affected due to coronavirus spread

Travel and tourism industry is one of the biggest sectors to suffer most from the global outbreak of the coronavirus.

Mysore Palace to remain closed till March 22

Karnataka’s Mysore Palace will remain closed for tourists for a week from March 15 to 22, Palace committee said.

 

Coronavirus-infected man in Kerala visits mall, theatre

The 21-year-old man who tested positive for COVID-19 in Kerala's Thrissur district visited a shopping mall, watched a movie and even participated in an engagement ceremony.

Schools, universities to remain shut in Assam till 29 March

"All school, colleges, universities, gyms, swimming pools and cinema halls will remain closed in the state till 29 March," said Assam Chief Secretary Sanjay Krishna.

He also said that exams have been postponed but only state board and CBSE examinations will take place as per scheduled in view of coronavirus.

 

Coronavirus scare in Kolkata: 500% jump in airfares keeps students away from home

Students returning to Kolkata from the coronavirus-hit Bengaluru, Mumbai and Delhi have been grounded by airfares that have escalated 300%-500% in 24 hours. While a one-way ticket from Bengaluru to Kolkata on Sunday touched Rs 25,000, the fare from Mumbai and Delhi to the city rose to Rs 34,000 and Rs 17,000 respectively.

India suspends travel to Kartarpur gurdwara

The government has also suspended movement of all types of passengers through international border points with Pakistan from March 16.

 

Indian pilgrims cannot visit Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan for now

India sets up special cell to ensure safety of Indians abroad

The MEA in India has pulled out all the stops to ensure the safety of Indians abroad and set up a special cell to coordinate the issues related with the response to the pandemic that has claimed more than 5,000 lives worldwide.

MEA on mission to evacuate Indians stranded in virus hit countries

US couple who fled Kerala hospital traced at Cochin airport

Two foreigners, who escaped from the Alappuzha Medical College after doctors suggested them to test for Covid-19 coronavirus, have been located.

 

American couple escape from Kerala hospital at Cochin airport

Coronavirus: Do not kiss Holy Cross, says Archbishop Goa

In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the Roman Catholic Church in Goa on Saturday issued an advisory, directing people not to kiss the Holy Cross and urged priests to purify their hands with sanitisers.

Wife of Bengaluru techie booked for fleeing quarantine

Wife of Covid-19 infected Bengaluru techie has been booked by Agra police for not following quarantine instructions, after she reportedly ‘fled’ to Agra via Air and train, where her parents live. All eight of her family members are also moved to quarantine.

 

Wife of Bengaluru techie booked by Agra police for fleeing quarantine

Woman tests positive for coronavirus in Maharashtra

A 59-year-old woman tests positive for coronavirus in Maharashtra's Aurangabad: Officials

Tirupati temple cancels major services over coronavirus

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) decides to cancel some daily and weekly rituals and restrict congregation of pilgrims for religious events.

Bombay HC, Supreme Court restrict functioning

Bombay high court directed that court hearing be restricted to only matters of urgency for a week.

 

Karnataka postpones class 7, 8 and 9 exams till March 31

Karnataka Education Minister has instructed to postpone the examinations of class 7, 8 and 9 until March 31, 2020. However exams for class 10 students and pre-university students will continue as scheduled.

Delhi Police extends quarantine facility at two training centres

Delhi Police has extended quarantine facilities at two of its training centres, located at Jharoda Kalan and Wazirabad.

Andhra Pradesh local body elections postponed in view of coronavirus threat

The Andhra Pradesh election commission announced that the local body elections will be postponed for six weeks.

 

India evacuates stranded citizens from coronavirus-hit Italy

218 Indians who landed in India from coronavirus-hit Italy will be shifted to Indo-Tibetan Border Police's Chhawla camp

218 Indians stranded in coronavirus hit Italy arrive in India

Delhi’s first coronavirus patient recovers, will be monitored at home

The capital's first Covid-19 patient, a 45-year-old man from Mayur Vihar Phase II, has recovered fully from the viral infection.

Central, Western Railway withdraw curtains, blankets from AC coaches

The Central Railway has also instructed its personnel to intensively clean coach fittings as they are touched by thousands of passengers every day.

 

No blankets, curtains In AC coaches

A special Air India flight carrying 211 Indian students, who were stuck in Italy after flights were cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak, departed for India on Saturday.

Special Air India flight with 211 Indian students takes off from Milan

Two Air India flights carrying over 230 Indians from coronavirus-hit Iran landed here on Sunday morning. The passengers were taken to a quarantine camp at the Indian Army Wellness Centre at Jaisalmer.

 Over 230 Indians evacuated from Iran, quarantined in Jaisalmer

 

Covid19 cases in India touch 107

The number of coronavirus positive cases in the country has risen to 107 which includes the two deaths in Delhi and Karnataka, the union health ministry said.

Coronavirus cases in India: Maharashtra has 31 and Kerala 22

Several states across India went into battle mode to contain the spread of COVID-19, shutting down schools, theatres and colleges, and many public events, including the IPL, were postponed as the Union Health ministry on Friday put the number of cases at 81.

 Several Indian states mull shutdown as coronavirus cases touch 81

 

Maharashtra count 17; One more tests positive in Pune, 2 in Nagpur

One more person was confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus in Pune on Friday, taking the number of Covid-19 cases in the city to 10 and that in Maharashtra to 17. The person who tested positive for the virus in Pune had travel history to the US.

India-SA ODIs called off

The two remaining ODIs between India and South Africa in Lucknow and Kolkata were on Friday called off owing to the COVID-19 threat as the country's sports calendar continued to go haywire because of the global pandemic.

 

India-South Africa series cancelled over coronavirus scare

PM Modi's Gujarat visit put off

Prime Minister Narendra    Modi's two-day visit to Gujarat from March 21 has been put off due to the coronavirus scare. “In view of the current situation which has arisen due to the coronavirus and a recent central government advisory asking states to avoid organising any large gatherings or seminars, Prime Minister Modi's visit to Gujarat on March 21 and 22 has been postponed,” said deputy CM Nitin Patel.

Maharashtra govt orders closure of theatres, gyms, malls

 

In a drastic step to curb the spread of coronavirus, the Maharashtra government ordered closure of cinema halls, gyms, swimming pools and malls in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad and Nagpur cities from Friday midnight.
Making the announcement in the state Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said the government was invoking the Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897 from midnight.

112 released from ITBP quarantine facility in Delhi

An ITBP-run quarantine centre here released 112 people, comprising 76 Indians and 36 foreigners, on Friday after they all tested negative for coronavirus, a senior official said. They were evacuated last month from Wuhan in China and admitted on February 27 to the special centre of the border guarding force in Chhawla area of south-west Delhi, one of the biggest quarantine centres in the country set up to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

FDA cracks down on sale, manufacture of substandard sanitisers

The FDA has seized such products worth lakhs during raids on local manufacturing units in western suburbs of Mumbai selling substandard hand wash products and sanitisers.

Kottayam man died of heart attack, says post-mortem

An elderly man, who was a neighbour of a coronavirus patient at Chengalam and under home quarantine has died. Authorities who got the post-mortem report said that test results of samples were negative for coronavirus.

Kerala tense after death of coronavirus patient’s neighbour in Kottayam

 

DGCA asks airlines to forego cancellation charges

In light of hardship faced by passengers, airlines may like to consider and take an appropriate call, accordingly, said DGCA

Waive cancellation charges due to coronavirus situation: DGCA to airlines

Yediyurappa orders total shutdown of Karnataka for a week

In the wake of India's first coronavirus death in Kalaburagi, the Karnataka state government has decided to close down all activities for one week.

Karnataka shutdown for a week

2 Manipal students have been quarantined for suspected Covid19

 

Students of Manipal University and Kasturba Medical College show symptoms of Covid-19.The suspected patients have been moved to isolation.

Manipal students quarantined

900 people under observation in Kerala

Around 900 people are still under observation in Pathanamthitta after the district administration released a route map identifying places visited by the three-member family from Ranni which returned to Kerala from coronavirus-hit Italy last month.

AP to implement Epidemic Diseases Act to contain coronavirus

The Andhra Pradesh government decided to implement the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, as a precautionary measure to curb the possible spread of the novel coronavirus. The decision follows a directive from the Union Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba to all states to invoke the provisions of the Act.

 

Rahul slams Govt for not doing enough

SAARC leadership could chalk out strong strategy, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday proposed that the leadership of SAARC nations could chalk out a joint strategy to fight coronavirus and set an example for the world. He said the SAARC leadership can discuss via video conferencing ways to keep their citizens healthy.

 

Let's work together: Modi to Saarc leadership

112 Indians who returned from China quarantined

All 112 people admitted to an ITBP quarantine facility for over a fortnight have tested negative for coronavirus and are expected to be released on Friday, a senior official said. All of them were evacuated last month from Wuhan in China. "After 14 days of quarantine at ITBP facility in Chhawla, 112 inmates, including 36 foreign nationals, have tested negative for coronavirus," an Indo-Tibetan Border Police spokesperson said.

Mehbooba Mufti protests against 4G ban in J&K

 

All schools, colleges in UP to be shut till March 22: Yogi Adityanath

The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday declared closure of all schools and colleges where examination process is not going on till March 22 in view of coronavirus scare and asserted that all precautions are being taken to check the spread of the disease. "All schools and colleges associated with the basic, secondary, higher education and vocational colleges, where examination process is not on, have been closed till March 22," Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said.

 

Health ministry issues quarantine guidelines

Goa govt to issue circular to hotels, industries

The Goa government will issue a circular asking hotels and industries to take preventive measures in the wake of the coronavirus scare. No positive case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been reported so far in Goa, which receives a large number of tourists, including those from abroad, every year.

 

Iran Air plane carrying Indians lands in Mumbai

An Iran Air flight carrying Indians stranded in coronavirus-hit Iran, landed at the airport here on Friday afternoon, according to an official. Iran is one of the worst-affected countries by the coronavirus outbreak and the government has been working on plans to bring back Indians stranded there.

 Indians stranded in Iran brought back to Mumbai

Karnataka will quarantine co-passengers of Kalaburagi man: Yediyurappa

The Karnataka CM said the government was unaware whether the deceased person was infected with Covid-19 coronavirus or not

 

Yediyurappa: Co-passengers of Kalaburagi man will be quarantined

Hyderabad nurse who attended to Kalaburgi victim quarantined

Health authorities in Hyderabad have quarantined a nurse in the emergency section of a private hospital who came in contact with a 76-year-old patient from Kalaburagi who died on Tuesday and was subsequently confirmed to have been coronavirus positive.

Hyderabad nurse who attended on India's coronavirus victim quarantined

Jamia Millia suspends classes

After JNU, the Jamia Millia Islamia on Friday suspended classes with immediate effect till March 31 and advised students to avoid large gathering in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

 

Kalaburagi man's kin rejected isolation ward for patient

he Kalaburagi man who tested Covid-19 coronavirus positive after he died was discharged against medical advice (DAMA) from a hospital in Bidar on the demand of patient’s attendees, said a statement issued by the Central government.

Kalaburagi man's relatives rejected quarantine for patient

IPL will be banned in wake of coronavirus threat, says Sisodia

Delhi govt to ban sports activities in wake of coronavirus threat, said deputy CM Manish Sisodia. He also said all district magistrates instructed to ensure that all directives on coronavirus are implemented.

 

 BCCI explores alternatvie venues after Delhi shuts doors on IPL matches

Kerala has maximum number of virus cases

Two more confirmed cases of Covid-19 novel coronavirus have been reported from Kerala on Thursday, in Kannur and in Thrissur district. The total number of confirmed cases in the state now touches 19, including the three medical students who have been discharged.

Covid19 highest in Kerala as cases reach 19

Sebi ready to battle market volatility

Sebi said the regulator and stock exchanges are prepared to “take any action” as required to deal with market volatility, hours after trading was halted for 45 minutes. Over the last few days, the Indian stock market has been moving in tandem with other global markets due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. This has also resulted in fear of an economic slowdown and recent fall in global crude prices

 

 Sebi ready to tackle market volatility

JNU suspends classes till March 31

The Jawaharlal Nehru University on Friday ordered suspension of classes with immediate effect till March 31 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Odisha govt earmarks Rs 200cr to combat coronavirus threat

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday said the government has earmarked Rs 200 crore to combat the coronavirus threat in the state. All educational institutions will remain closed in the state till March 31 except for holding examinations, the chief minister said.

 

Indian Embassy in US sets up helplines to address queries

Helpline numbers are being operated at the embassy in Washington DC and consulates at Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Houston and San Francisco

Helplines for Indians in US

 India has not banned foreigners' entry, says Jaishankar

The government today informed Lok Sabha that India has not imposed a total ban on the entry of foreign nationals as part of efforts to check the spread of coronavirus.

No total ban on foreigners' entry

All swimming pools in Delhi shut

 

The Delhi government has ordered the shutting of all public swimming pools in the city with immediate effect till March 31 in wake of coronavirus outbreak

Rupee rout deepens, slips 16 paise to 74.44 against USD

The Indian rupee fell by another 16 paise to 74.44 against the US dollar as financial markets around the globe continued to feel jitters of coronavirus pandemic. A day earlier, the Indian currency had tumbled by 60 paise to close at a new 17-month low of 74.28 amid coronavirus pandemic fanning global economic recession fears.

120 Indians to return home from virus hit Iran

 

About 120 Indians, being evacuated from the coronavirus-hit Iran in an Air India flight, will reach Jaisalmer in Rajasthan on Friday and will be quarantined at an Army facility, a defence spokesperson said on Thursday.

120 Indians from virus hit Iran will reach Jaisalmer today

Air India cancels flights to international destinations

Air India on Thursday decided to cancel all its flights to Kuwait till April 30 and curtail services to various other countries, including Spain, France and Sri Lanka. The move comes a day after the national carrier announced temporary suspension of its services to Rome, Milan and Seoul, amid the coronavirus pandemic which has triggered imposition of travel restrictions by various countries across the globe.

 

India Part Of US-Led Initiative To Share Virus Data

India is part of a US-led global initiative to share information on integrating science into coronavirus response, according to a White House statement.

Besides the US and India, the UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea are part of the initiative.

7-Year-Old tweet on Covid-19 baffles people

An old tweet from the year 2013, that predicted the Coronavirus outbreak is going viral, is going viral on social media.

The tweet was posted by an account named Marco with the username @Marco_Acortes.

 

The user had tweeted, "Coronavirus....its coming" on June 3, 2013.

As the tweet resurfaced on the Internet, netizens were taken by surprise over the post predicting the virus seven years ago.

No foreign trips for netas: Modi

"No Minister of the Central Government will travel abroad in the upcoming days. I urge our countrymen to also avoid non-essential travel," said PM Modi.

 PM Modi says no ministers will travel abroad

India sets up 15 labs to test coronavirus

Union health minister on Thursday said in Lok Sabha that 15 laboratories have been set up to test for the virus."National Institute of Virology in Pune is our central reference lab. After this we started with 15 labs because this is not a routine test, it can't be tested in every laboratory," the Minister said.

 

 Revealing identity of covid19 patient could land you in jail

Police to monitor social media posts after taking cognisance of a complaint from a relative of a Pune-based patient who was tested positive

Revealing identity of coronavirus patients a punishable offence

Indians stranded in Iran plead for help, want to return home

Two Indians who had gone to Iran for some business purposes are now stuck in the country that is among the worst-hit by coronavirus as all civil aviation routes have been closed in the wake of the deadly virus outbreak.

 

Kerala streets deserted over coronavirus scare

In the wake of increasing number of coronavirus cases, people are stepping out of their homes only for unavoidable needs

Kerala resembles a ghost town after total shutdown over coronavirus

NRI patient in Mangaluru tests negative for covid19

The man who arrived here from Dubai with suspected symptoms of Covid-19 coronavirus has shown no signs of the disease following tests

Suspected NRI patient in Karnataka tests negative for Covid19

External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Thursday said the initial focus is to bring back Indian pilgrims stranded in Iran, which is grappling with cases of coronavirus.

 

Bringing back Indian pilgrims from Iran is priority: Jaishankar

India has 73 confirmed cases of covid19, Kerala has highest

Ladakh records another coronavirus case

1 more person with travel history to Iran tests positive for coronavirus in Ladakh, number of confirmed cases in UT rises to 3: Officials.

Supreme Court won't hear IPL postponement plea urgently

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to accord urgent hearing on a plea seeking postponement of Indian Premier League (IPL)-2020 amid the coronavirus scare.

SC refuses urgent hearing on plea to postpone IPL-2020 amid coronavirus scare

 

Covid-19 a pandemic, says WHO

The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic and urged aggressive action from all countries to fight it, as U.S. stocks plunged into bear market territory and several American cities joined global counterparts in banning large gatherings

 Coronavirus a pandemic, needs urgent action: WHO

India suspends visas

India suspended all visas, except a few categories such as diplomatic and employment, till April 15 in a bid to contain the spread of novel coronavirus

Coronavirus: India suspends visas till April 15

 

Keralites stranded in Italy airport

Hundreds of Keralites including pregnant women and infants are stranded at airports in Italy as the airline companies denied permission for boarding.

Pregnant women, toddlers among hundreds of Keralites stranded in Italy airport

Centre directed to contact Indians in Iran immediately

The Delhi High Court directed the Centre on Thursday to ensure that the Indian embassy in Iran gets in touch with the Indian students stranded there in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

High Court asks Centre to evacuate Indian students in coronavirus-hit Iran

 

Calcutta HC to hear only urgent cases

The Calcutta High Court and its subordinate courts will hear only urgent matters from Tuesday to prevent mass gatherings in view  of the coronavirus scare.

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