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Coronavirus live updates: US declares national emergency

Published Mar 13, 2020, 12:02 pm IST
Updated Mar 14, 2020, 9:54 am IST
The impact of the global pandemic stretches from schools to world leaders
Medical staff members check the temperature of a passenger at the border crossing with Germany in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. AP Photo
 Medical staff members check the temperature of a passenger at the border crossing with Germany in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. AP Photo

The coronavirus reached directly into the world’s centers of power Thursday, with politicians in Canada, Brazil, Spain and elsewhere either testing positive for the new virus or putting themselves in quarantine as fallout from the pandemic further upended daily life.

UN diplomat tests positive for coronavirus


A Philippine diplomat in New York has tested positive for the new coronavirus in the first recorded case at United Nations headquarters in the city, diplomatic

Covid19 reaches UN headquarters as Philippines diplomat tests positive

PM Trudeau's wife tests positive for the virus

Justin Trudeau's wife has tested positive for novel coronavirus, his office said late Thursday, while assuring the public the Canadian prime minister is fine.

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s wife tests positive for Covid-19

Indian embassy sets up helplines in the US


The Indian Embassy in the US has set up 24-hour helplines to address questions on the recent travel restrictions implemented by New Delhi in a bid to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Indian Embassy in US sets up helplines to address queries

Australian PM Scott Morrison urges citizens to reconsider travel

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday announced a ban on all non-essential gatherings of over 500 people starting from Monday and urged citizens to reconsider foreign travel to limit the rapid spread of coronavirus pandemic that has killed nearly 5,000 people.


Australia announces ban on non-essential gatherings

Australian minister tests positive for Covid19

A senior Australian politician tested positive for the new coronavirus and entered hospital quarantine on Friday, days after returning from a meeting in Washington attended by US Attorney General William Barr.

Senior Australian minister tested positive for Covid19

Virus on decline in China

China reported just eight cases of the coronavirus on Friday, with no new domestic infections outside the epicentre of Hubei province.

Covid19 cases on decline in China


Nepal suspends permits to Mount Everest over virus fears

Nepal on Friday suspended permits to climb Everest because of the coronavirus pandemic, closing off the world's biggest mountain a day after China halted access from its side.

Amid virus concerns, Nepal suspends permits to Everest

Colombo bans arrivals from Iran, Italy and South Korea

Sri Lanka on Friday temporarily banned entry of people coming from Iran, Italy and South Korea as a precaution against the rapidly spreading coronavirus pandemic.

The travel ban will be in effect for two weeks, starting from tomorrow, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said. Sri Lanka has so far reported two cases of the virus.


Kenya confirms first case

Kenya announced its first confirmed case of coronavirus on Friday, saying a woman who returned from the United States tested positive for the illness in Nairobi.

Kenya confirms first case of Covid19

Iran reports new deaths in coronavitrus

Tehran on Friday reported 85 new deaths in coronavirus, taking the toll to 514

Iran reports 85 new virus deaths, toll rises to 514

As death toll rises, Trump declares national emergency in the US

US President Donald Trump declared a national state of emergency as the World Health Organization named Europe the new epicenter of the coronavirus Friday, with countries sealing borders, shutting schools and canceling events in a frenzied attempt to slow the ballooning pandemic.


US declares national emergency as virus deaths soar