With eight more persons testing positive for COVID-19, the number of confirmed cases in India climbed to 47 on March 9. The Karnataka government announced its first case in the evening and two cases in Maharashtra as per the State Health officials.
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Here are the latest updates:
IAF aircraft brings back 58 Indians from coronavirus-hit Iran
A military transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) brought back 58 Indians from coronavirus-hit Iran on Tuesday, officials said.
The aircraft, a C-17 Globemaster, was sent to Tehran on Monday evening.
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About 2,000 Indians are living in Iran, a country that has witnessed increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in the last few days.
“The IAF aircraft has landed. Mission completed. On to the next,” External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar tweeted.
In an earlier tweet, he said, “First batch of 58 Indian pilgrims being brought back from Iran. IAF C-17 taken off from Tehran and expected to land soon in Hindon.”
Italy orders nationwide lockdown as new cases surge
The whole of Italy will be placed under lockdown until next month, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced on March 9, in an unprecedented and unexpected new attempt to beat COVID-19 in Europe’s worst-affected country.
Conte told reporters that measures introduced just two days ago in much of the north were no longer sufficient after a jump in deaths tied to the highly infectious disease, and said the entire nation had to make sacrifices to stop its spread.
Gujarat Congress postpones March 12 Gandhi Sandesh Yatra
The Gujarat Congress on Monday said it had postponed the 386-kilometre ‘Gandhi Sandesh Yatra’ aimed at highlighting the current situation of the country through a symbolic Dandi March.
“In view of the increasing impact of coronavirus, the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee has decided to postpone the Gandhi Sandesh Yatra starting from Sabarmati Ashram on March 12,” Congress party’s Gujarat in-charge Rajiv Satav tweeted.
South Korea reports 35 new cases, total at 7,513
South Korea reported 35 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing total infections in Asia’s biggest coronavirus outbreak outside mainland China to 7,513.
The death toll rose by three to 54, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The numbers are expected to be updated later on Tuesday.
Israel orders 14-day self-quarantine for anyone entering country
Israel will impose a two-week quarantine on all travellers entering the country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday, toughening already significant travel restrictions.
“After a day of difficult discussions, we have taken a decision: all those coming to Israel from abroad will be placed in isolation for 14 days,” Mr. Netanyahu said in a video broadcast on his Twitter account.
A war room approach is needed, says virologist Jacob John
The country needs a war room where a designated group of persons think only about COVID-19, design strategies for the next week and the next month, renowned virologist Jacob John said.
Dr. John, retired professor of virology from Christian Medical College, Vellore, is of the view that the situation, both in India and worldwide, is “grim”, and that the country was merely reacting to what was happening.
Airfares nosedive as COVID-19 fears scare off passengers
With hundreds of passengers cancelling their travel plans owing to COVID-19, the airfares for domestic travel have nosedived across metro cities in the country.
Now, a flight to Bengaluru will cost a passenger only ₹1,000. Similarly, the fare to Delhi is now around ₹3,000-₹3,500 and to Hyderabad around ₹1,200-₹1,500.
Prepare quarantine facilities, CAPFs told
The Government of India has directed the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) to prepare quarantine facilities with a bed capacity to admit over 5,400 people to deal with cases of coronavirus across the country, officials said on Monday.
CSIR lab working on discovering drug to combat COVID-19
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Director-General Shekhar C. Mande said in Mysuru on Monday that the Hyderabad-based Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), one of the CSIR labs, has started work on synthesising chemical formulations for the manufacture of drug for COVID-19.
COVID-19 outbreak could help agri exports: Agriculture Ministry analysis
In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Centre has identified 21 agricultural products, including honey, potatoes, grapes, soya beans and groundnuts, in which Indian exports could benefit from trade restrictions against Chinese goods.
The total value of China’s global exports of these products amounted to $5488.6 million in 2018. India exported $4,445.9 million worth of these commodities in the same period and could now have a chance to grab part of China’s market share.
Punjab, Karnataka, Jammu, Maharashtra report first COVID-19 cases
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) made its way to Maharashtra with two Pune residents with travel history to Dubai testing positive on Monday. Maharshtra State health officials said that the husband and wife had returned to India on March 1 but reported to the hospital on Monday after developing mild symptoms.