Last updates of Coronavirus Outbreak: Sanjeeva Kumar, special secretary of the Ministry of Health, said: “23 new cases have been detected since the last update – 17 from Maharashtra, 2 from Telangana, 1 from Rajasthan and 3 from Kerala. There are now 107 confirmed cases of COVID- 19 in the country, including 9 discharged cases and 2 deaths. “
Uncertainty looms over upcoming civic polls in West Bengal, as political parties and the State Electoral Commission have yet to decide whether to go ahead with the elections according to the program or to postpone it for a few weeks amid the fear of coronavirus.
The number of confirmed cases worldwide has risen beyond the 1.5 lakh mark. Over 73,000 people recovered, while more than 5,800 people succumbed to COVID-19, according to John Hopkins University. The institution operates a live tracker of coronavirus cases.
There are over 74,000 active cases, with over 68,000 mild cases, while nearly 6,000 people are in critical condition.
To date, India has reported two deaths from the fast spreading virus.
The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Maharashtra increased to 32 after a 59-year-old woman tested positive for COVID-19, ANI reported. The woman had recently traveled to Russia and Kazakhstan.
The total number of confirmed cases in India has risen to 107, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. On Saturday, five more patients tested positive in Maharashtra, bringing the total number of confirmed cases of infection to 31.
New cases have been reported in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Yavatmal. As of now, India has reported two deaths from the rapidly spreading virus – one in Karnataka and the other in Delhi.
Electoral commissioner Andhra Pradesh, N Ramesh Kumar, ordered that local body surveys be postponed for six weeks following the coronavirus epidemic. All 289 passengers on an Emirates flight to Dubai were boarded at Kerala’s Cochin airport after a positive British citizen was identified as a passenger.
The Ministry of the Interior has suspended travel and registration along the Kartarpur corridor until further orders.
In India, the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the country has risen to 93, with two deaths reported so far. The Union Ministry of Family Health and Well-being has launched a helpline: + 91-11-23978046 for coronavirus investigation and support. There are also separate helpline numbers for different union states and territories.
A total of 234 Indians stranded in Iran arrived in India – 131 students and 103 pilgrims tweeted Foreign Minister S Jaishankar on Sunday. He thanked the Indian ambassador to Iran and his team for their efforts.
Iran is the worst country affected by the coronavirus with over 600 reported deaths and almost 13,000 confirmed infections. The Indian government said it was collaborating with the Iranian government to facilitate the return of some 2000 citizens, mostly pilgrims, stranded there after the suspension of commercial flights between the two countries.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead India in a videoconference of all SAARC nations on Sunday at 5:00 pm to develop a common strategy to combat the new coronavirus in the region, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
Inviting the nations of the South Asian Regional Cooperation Association (SAARC) to set an example for the world, Modi joined the eight-member regional group on Friday and launched a video conference among its leaders to develop a ” strong strategy “‘to reduce the outbreak.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country rose to 84 on Saturday, according to the Union’s health ministry, prompting the Center to declare a “notified disaster” outbreak and issuing directives to states that specify a list of articles and standards. of assistance for the containment of COVID-19 under their disaster funds.
According to the directives, the Center has foreseen the costs of the measures for the quarantine, the collection and the screening of the samples, as well as the supply of laboratories and equipment to contain the disease.
The Center also claimed to have started work on guidelines for defining the bodies of those who die from a controversy over the cremation of the 68-year-old woman who died in Delhi after becoming infected with the new coronavirus.
Two people – a 76-year-old man from Karnataka and a 68-year-old woman in Delhi – died of coronavirus, which was declared a global pandemic by WHO and caused over 5,000 victims worldwide.
The largest number of cases reported in Maharashtra
Health officials disinfect a road as part of the measure to contain the coronavirus pandemic in Jammu. PTI
According to the Ministry of Health of the Union, Kerala has reported 19 positive cases, Maharashtra 14, Uttar Pradesh 11, Delhi seven, Karnataka six, Ladakh three, Jammu and Kashmir two and Rajasthan, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Punjab one each. The total number of 84 confirmed cases also includes 17 foreigners – 16 Italian tourists and one Canadian, he said. Of them, seven people who tested positive, including five from Uttar Pradesh and one each from Rajasthan and Delhi, were discharged after treatment, a senior health ministry official said.
However, Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope set the number of positive cases in the state to 26 on Saturday, with four new cases reported in Mumbai and its adjacent areas and two in the Yavatmal district.
A 71-year-old man returned from Saudi Arabia and suspected of having coronavirus infection died during treatment in the Buldhana district on Saturday afternoon. He suffered from diabetes and hypertension. Minister Tope said it has not yet been confirmed whether the deceased has been infected with the coronavirus.
Of the newly confirmed patients in Mumbai, one is resident in the city, while others are from Kamothe, Vashi and Kalyan, all peripheral cities. Everyone is admitted to the Kasturba hospital in Mumbai and their conditions are stable, PTI cited the deputy director of the Brihanmincoln Municipal Corporation (BMC), health, as Daksha Shah says.
Earlier in the day, two people who had recently returned from Dubai confirmed that they had contracted coronavirus in the city of Yavatmal del Maharashtra.
Thus, so far across the state, ten coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Pune, eight in Mumbai, four in Nagpur, two in Yavatmal and one each in Thane and Ahmednagar, bringing the total to 26, the highest number of confirmed cases reported from any state. Sixteen confirmed Covid-19 patients had returned from Dubai, four from the United States, one from France and the Philippines while four had no history of traveling abroad but had made contact with other infected people, the health minister said.
In Rajasthan, a 24-year-old man who had recently returned from Spain tested positive for coronavirus in Jaipur, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the western state to four, including an Italian couple.
“The 24 year old male who returned from Spain on March 14 tested positive today. He flew to Delhi from Madrid and then from Delhi to Jaipur on an Air India flight,” said PTI, Chief Chief Medical, Health and Health, Rohit Kumar Singh said.
“We are getting the manifest of both flights and we have started a large track of local contacts,” he added.
Meanwhile, Delhi has registered its seventh case, with the woman’s son who passed away Friday, testing positive for the coronavirus novel, said the city government’s health department. The 46-year-old resident of Rajasthan tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday and was held in isolation at Safdarjung hospital after being quarantined in a military camp in Manesar, he added, adding that he was an evacuated Italy.
Some states close schools, colleges, ban public meetings
In light of the spread of the disease, several states have ordered the closure of schools, colleges, public institutions and cinemas. The administration of Jammu and Kashmir issued prohibitive orders in the districts of Kishtwar and Ramban, limiting the assembly of more than five people to any public place. The Goa government has also announced the closure of casinos, swimming pools and pubs from Sunday to midnight. Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has suspended all lessons, including session tests, until March 22 as a precautionary measure. All lectures, seminars, educational tours and sports programs have also been postponed to March 31, although university and school exams will be held according to the schedule.
The Punjab government has ordered theaters closed and banned public meetings, including cultural events, until further notice to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The Maharashtra government ordered all educational institutions in urban areas to remain close until March 31. The state health minister also said that exams in classes one through nine will be postponed if they are currently taking place, only class 10 and class 12 board exams will take place according to the schedule. In the evening, Tope also announced the closure of shopping centers across the state until the end of the month. Grocery stores that sell products that daily need will remain open, he said.
West Bengal has sealed off its border with Bhutan, limiting the movement of goods and travelers. The move came after Bhutan sent a notification to the administration of the nearby Alipurduar district informing it of a suspension of tourism and commercial activities following the coronavirus epidemic.
Four journalists from two news channels were quarantined at home in Kalaburagi, Karnataka, after contacting relatives of the recently deceased coronavirus victim, said Karnataka minister, Dr K Sudhakar.
The center declares a disaster reported, provides SDRF funds
The Center also initiated a series of measures to combat the virus. The special secretary of the Ministry of Health, Sanjeeva Kumar, said that over 4,000 people who came in contact with the positive tests were identified through contact search and are under surveillance. He also said there have been cases where people were unwilling to be quarantined even though they came in contact with people who tested positive.
He informed that a Mahan Air flight that will bring back Indian passengers from Iran will land in Mumbai on Saturday midnight. A special Air India flight was also sent to Milan in Italy on Saturday to bring Indian students back, he added.
Kumar said that all essential structures such as community surveillance, quarantine, isolation wards, trained workforce, rapid response teams are further strengthened in all states and territories of the Union.
The government reported that 12,29,363 passengers were screened from 11,406 flights at the 30 designated airports. In addition, instructions to implement quarantine for all arriving passengers were implemented according to the guidelines, Kumar said.
The ministry of the interior declared the epidemic as a “notified disaster” and said that funds allocated under the State Disaster Response Fund (DSPR) can be used to purchase essential equipment and measures taken to quarantine people. It issued a two-page directive for all states that specified “a list of items and rules of assistance for the containment of the COVID-19 virus in India, admissible by the SDRF”.
According to the directive, SDRF funds will also be used to pay for additional testing centers and the cost of protective equipment for the police, healthcare and municipal authorities, as well as that of thermal scanners and other equipment needed for government hospitals, reportedly NDTV.
India suspended most of the land border crossings with Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar from March 15 at midnight and with Pakistan indefinitely from March 16 at midnight, the Ministry of Internal Affairs said.
The government has also postponed the Padma Award ceremonies scheduled for March 26 and April 3, an Interior Ministry official said.
The latest rituals of the woman who died in New Delhi were performed at the GNC crematorium in Nigambodh Ghat under the supervision of the medical authorities. Doctors from Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital in Delhi and the MCD supervised the funeral after crematorium staff contacted authorities for directions to make sure the infection did not spread from the body. The ministry of health said it had started working on guidelines for defining the bodies of those who die from the disease.
Many states have closed schools, shopping malls, movie theaters and banned public meetings. PTI
Although coronavirus infection is unlikely to spread by manipulating a body, the guidelines have been drawn up to dispel any misconceptions and raise public awareness of the spread of the disease by a deceased.
Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri, during an event in Hyderabad, said that domestic passenger traffic decreased by 10-15% due to the new coronavirus.
The U.S. embassy and consulates in India have canceled all visa appointments since March 16 following the coronavirus epidemic.
The RSS suspended a three-day annual meeting of its highest decision-making body which is expected to begin Saturday in Bangalore. Infosys evacuated one of its satellite offices in Bangalore after the Karnataka government advised IT and other professionals working in air-conditioned places to work from home for a period, for about a week, to prevent the spread of the virus.
Bats ways for the SAARC joint strategy to fight viruses
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead India in a videoconference of all SAARC nations on Sunday at 5pm to define a common strategy to combat coronavirus in the region. The prime minister said that the meeting of SAARC leaders will lead to effective results and will benefit citizens in the fight against coronavirus.
Earlier in the day, Modi visited Twitter to share home quarantine guidelines issued by the ministry of health. “Some important information here. Read it,” he said sharing the guidelines. The health ministry said the home quarantine is meant to “protect you and your loved ones”.
Suspected flea hospital patients
In Kerala, an American couple who allegedly gave the policy to the police after being admitted to a coronavirus isolation ward following reports of fever and cough, were tracked down at Kochi airport and placed under observation.
They had come to Kochi from London via Doha on March 9, had seen a Kathakali show in the port city, had gone for a houseboat ride the next day in Alapzuha, had been to a resort in Fort Kochi, before going to Varkala near Thiruvananthapuram and return to Alapuzha, police said.
In Maharashtra, four people, who were held in an isolation ward in a government-run hospital in Nagpur for suspected coronavirus infection, also returned home when hospital staff asked them not to do so pending the results. of tests. However, they came back later and the tests were also negative for coronavirus.
After Italy, Spain starts the blockade
According to the news agency AFP, the number of new coronavirus cases in the world crossed Saturday 1.50.0 00, with over 5,700 deaths.
Spanish health authorities said coronavirus infections reached 5,753 people, half of which in the capital Madrid, which represents a national increase of over 1,500 in 24 hours. AP he reported that the Spanish government had decided to impose a blockade similar to the Italian one. The report says the government is expected to announce that it is placing severe restrictions on the movement and closure of restaurants and other establishments.
According to a draft government order, people will be allowed to leave their homes only to buy food and medicine, go to work, go to medical centers and banks, or make trips related to treatment for young and old. These restrictions will be held on Monday at 8:00 am
Meanwhile, in the United States, President Donald Trump has announced that the United States will expand its European travel ban, adding the United Kingdom and Ireland to its list and was considering imposing travel restrictions within the United States. United States in areas affected by the spread of coronavirus.
The move came hours after the House passed legislation to provide direct relief to Americans who suffer physically, financially and emotionally from the coronavirus pandemic. This followed Trump’s declaration of a national emergency, freeing up money and resources to fight it, and threw his support behind Congress’s aid package.
With input from agencies
Updated Date: Mar 15, 2020 4:52:12 PM IST
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