Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: Global Tally of Infections Crosses 100,000 across 91 Nations

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Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: The Border Security Force (BSF) on Friday said the Daily Retreat ceremony at the Attari-Wagah border in Punjab will be conducted without public presence due to the coronavirus scare. The move came as the number of cases in India rose to 31 today as a Delhi resident tested positive. The patient has a travel history to Thailand and Malaysia. As of now, the patient is stable and being monitored.

Keeping in view the advisories, Parliament today also restricted the entry of visitors to the complex. MPs will not be allowed to take their visitors on the tour of the parliament house when parliament would resume on Wednesday after Holi break.

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Mar 6, 2020 8:19 pm (IST)

Addressing the issue of croronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, “Today, the world is facing a major challenge of Coronavirus, financial institutions see it as a very big challenge to the business world. We have to face this challenge together and win over it with power of ‘Collaborate to Create’.”

Mar 6, 2020 7:58 pm (IST)

Mata Amritananda Math Out of Bounds for Visitors | Citing the coronavirus scare, the Mata Amritanandamayi Math today said it has decided not to allow anyone to enter its ashram in Amritapuri in Kollam district as a preventive measure. In a notice posted on its website, the Math, which has a large following, said the restriction applies to Indian nationals as well as foreign-passport-holders (including OCI-holders).

Mar 6, 2020 7:41 pm (IST)

Govt Warns of Action Against Hoarding of Masks, Sanitisers | The Centre today warned of stringent action against hoarding and blackmarketing of face masks and hand sanitisers amid increasing demand in the wake of rising coronavirus cases in India. Union Minister for Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals D V Sadananda Gowda said although the government does not have the latest update on supply-demand of these products, the real assessment of availability will be made. “While the industry players are saying there is no shortage of face masks and hand sanitisers in the country, but our department will assess the availability and accordingly take further action,” Gowda told reporters.

Mar 6, 2020 7:25 pm (IST)

In a bid to raise awareness amid rising number of coronavirus cases, former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar shared a video on Twitter, where he can be seen washing his hands with soap.

Mar 6, 2020 6:49 pm (IST)

Sonia Gandhi Writes to CMs of Cong-ruled States | Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi writes to the chief ministers of the states ruled by the party asking them to ensure effective response and preparedness measures for tackling coronavirus. She asks the state governments to consider issuing awareness campaigns, helplines and advisories to avoid public gatherings in view of COVID-19. Protocols for contact identification must be put in place and quarantine facilities must be set up urgently, she writes.

Mar 6, 2020 6:41 pm (IST)

Slovakia Confirms First Coronavirus Case | Slovakia reported its first case of the novel coronavirus today, after a man whose son visited Venice in COVID-19 hotspot Italy, tested positive. “Today, a 52-year-old patient was confirmed to be infected. The patient did not travel anywhere recently but his son returned from Venice a couple of weeks ago,” Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini told journalist. He said the man, who has not been named, is currently hospitalised in Bratislava. 

Mar 6, 2020 6:26 pm (IST)

Egypt Detects 12 New Cases | Egypt detected 12 new cases Friday of the novel coronavirus among workers aboard a Nile cruise boat heading from Aswan to Luxor, a healthy ministry statement said. “Twelve new cases tested positive for the coronavirus among Egyptian staff on the cruise boat without showing any symptoms,” the joint statement with the World Health Organization said. Authorities were alerted after it was found that a Taiwanese tourist who travelled on the ship had caused the virus to spread, they said.

Mar 6, 2020 6:20 pm (IST)

7 Family Members of Delhi Man Home Quarantined | Seven family members of a man who tested positive for coronavirus after his visit to Thailand have been quarantined at their residence in west Delhi. The 25-year-old man, who also travelled to Malaysia, has tested positive for COVID-19, taking the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the national capital to three. The office of the patient, who has been shifted to the Safdarjung Hopsital for treatment, is in Gurgaon but he operated from his residence.

Mar 6, 2020 5:55 pm (IST)

We Got the Science Right: ‘Contagion’ Maker on Renewed Focus on Film Post Coronavirus Outbreak | The coronavirus outbreak has brought Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 medical thriller “Contagion” back into the focus and the film’s producer says they have been proven right in their predictions. The film chronicled how the humanity battles the spread of a virus transmitted by fomites as medical researchers and public health officials try to contain the disease. It has become relevant after outbreak of novel coronavirus or COVID-19, which originated in China and has now spread to over 60 countries, including the US, where it has claimed the lives of 12 people.

Mar 6, 2020 5:52 pm (IST)

Anganwadis Closed in Delhi | Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said anganwadis have been closed in view of the coronavirus scare. The government child-care centres have been closed from Friday, he added. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country is 31, according to Union health ministry officials.

Mar 6, 2020 5:31 pm (IST)

“There is no need to create panic about the need to wear masks. Strict action should be taken against shopkeepers who are charging more than the fixed price for masks,” Harsh Vardhan says.

Mar 6, 2020 5:17 pm (IST)

Daily Retreat at Attari-Wagah Border to Continue Without Public | Daily retreat ceremony at Attari-Wagah border in Punjab to be conducted without public presence due to coronavirus, the BSF announced today.

Mar 6, 2020 5:11 pm (IST)

9 More Airports to Have Thermal Screening | In the backdrop of coronavirus spreading in India, thermal screening has been expanded to nine more airports in India besides the existing 21, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said today. Initially the thermal screening started in seven airports, including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. As per the latest advisory, all international passengers irrespective of nationality are mandated to undergo universal medical screening.

Mar 6, 2020 4:44 pm (IST)

Oil Plunges Over 5% on OPEC Reports, Coronavirus | World oil prices, already slumping on coronavirus fears, extended losses to more than 5.0 percent Friday on reports Russia wants to delay deeper output cuts recommended by its OPEC allies. In London morning deals, Brent North Sea crude dived to $47.02 per barrel, the lowest levels since July 2017. WTI tumbled to $43.28 — the lowest since late 2018.

Mar 6, 2020 4:42 pm (IST)

Virus Quarantines Must Respect Rights: UN | Governments using lockdowns and quarantines to fight the deadly new coronavirus must ensure people’s rights are respected and avoid unintended consequences for their livelihoods, the UN rights chief said today. “Lockdowns, quarantines and other such measures to contain and combat the spread of COVID-19 should always be carried out in strict accordance with human rights standards and in a way that is necessary and proportionate to the evaluated risk,” Michelle Bachelet’s office said in a statement.

Mar 6, 2020 4:41 pm (IST)

Netherlands Record First Death | The Netherlands has recorded its first death in the novel coronavirus outbreak, Dutch health officials said today. “An 86-year-old man with COVID-19 who was admitted to the Ikazia hospital in Rotterdam has died. This is the first patient in the Netherlands to die of the coronavirus,” the National Institute for Public Health said in a statement, adding the source of his contamination was unknown.

Mar 6, 2020 4:40 pm (IST)

Cameroon Confirms First Virus Case | Cameroon has confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus, a French national who arrived in the capital Yaounde in February, the government said today. The man, 58, has been placed in isolation in a hospital, the health ministry said in a statement. In sub-Saharan Africa, Senegal has registered four cases, all foreign nationals, and South Africa and Nigeria have one case each since the outbreak emerged in December in China.

Mar 6, 2020 4:35 pm (IST)

17 More Deaths in Iran | Iran today announced 17 more deaths from the novel coronavirus, raising the total number of people killed to 124, as the overall number of cases soared. “We have confirmed 1,234 new cases, which is a record in the past few days,” health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour told a news conference, raising the total number of infections to 4,747. The new cases “are probably those who had been infected with the virus two weeks ago and have just came to us with symptoms,” he added.

Mar 6, 2020 4:34 pm (IST)

Delhi government directs schools to suspend morning assembly in view of coronavirus outbreak.

Mar 6, 2020 4:18 pm (IST)

Govt to Truncate ‘Wings India 2020’ | The government on Friday said a truncated version of the civil aviation show ‘Wings India 2020’ will be held in Hyderabad later this month, amid concerns over coronavirus outbreak. The flagship event is jointly organised by the civil aviation ministry and industry and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci). It is scheduled to be held at Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad from March 12 to 15.

Mar 6, 2020 4:12 pm (IST)

Quarantine Facilities for 1500 Personnel | The Indian Army is going to establish quarantine facilities for 1500 personnel (total) which will be activated at locations as part of the overall effort of the government of India. Tentative locations identified include Jaisalmer, Suratgarh, Secundrabad, Chennai and Kolkata.

Mar 6, 2020 4:11 pm (IST)

Shopping Complex facilities within the cantonment/military stations and avoid visits to crowded areas like movie halls/shopping malls, etc. All non-essential foreign travel are to be avoided.

Mar 6, 2020 4:09 pm (IST)

Military hospitals to establish isolation wards and have separate OPDs for screening of symptomatic cases to prevent avoidable transmission. Service hospitals will work in synergy with local civil medical authorities and designated ICMR labs.

Mar 6, 2020 4:05 pm (IST)

Army Issues Instructions for Tackling COVID-19 | In consonance with various advisories issued by the Govt, Indian Army HQ has issued detailed instructions with respect to preparations and emergency response in tackling COVID-19. The latest advisory include detailed instructions for actions at various military stations, army formations and service hospitals. Local military authorities will exercise suitable control to avoid/postpone all non-essential mass gathering like festivals, welfare activities and public gatherings till situation improves. Regular health information education and counseling activities to be carried out at all military stations.

Mar 6, 2020 3:58 pm (IST)

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Infected Tourist in Bhutan Travelled to India | While Bhutan today confirmed its first coronavirus case; a US tourist who has also travelled to India. An editor of a Bhutan daily tweeted that the tourist had travelled to Mumbai, Kolkata and Assam. 

Mar 6, 2020 3:28 pm (IST)

Shooting World Cup Cancelled | The upcoming combined shooting World Cup in New Delhi was postponed on Friday, while an Olympic test event in Tokyo stood cancelled due to the global novel coronavirus outbreak.

Mar 6, 2020 3:24 pm (IST)

Adviser to Iran’s Foreign Min Dies of Virus | An adviser to Iran’s foreign minister who took part in the 1979 US embassy hostage crisis has died from coronavirus, the official IRNA news agency reported. Hossein Sheikholeslam, “a veteran and revolutionary diplomat” died late Thursday, IRNA said. Iran has been scrambling to contain the rapid spread of coronavirus which so far has infected 3,513 people and killed at least 107 people in the Islamic republic.

Mar 6, 2020 3:10 pm (IST)

Vatican Reports 1st Case | Vatican City has reported its first coronavirus case. Earlier, rumours about Pope Francis being infected with coronavirus had also thronged social media, but were later dismissed. (Image: Reuters)

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The isolated Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has reported its first case of the coronavirus after a US tourist tested positive, the prime minister said today. The 76-year-old man arrived in Bhutan from India on March 2, and was admitted to hospital on March 5 with a fever, where he tested positive for COVID-19, the office of Prime Minister Lotay Tshering said in a Facebook post.

The post added that there would be “two weeks’ restriction on all incoming tourists with immediate effect”. Schools in three areas — including the capital Thimphu — will be closed for two weeks from Friday. The patient, who has not been named, left Washington on February 10, touring India from February 21 to March 1.

The World Health Organisation today warned that coronavirus was spreading 17 times faster outside China, urging governments to pull out all the stops to slow the epidemic as it drained colour from India’s Holi festivities, closed Bethlehem’s Nativity Church and blocked Italians from visiting elderly relatives in nursing homes. “This is not a drill. This is not the time for giving up. This is not a time for excuses. This is a time for pulling out all the stops,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in Geneva.

In Italy, the epicenter of Europe’s outbreak, workers in latex gloves pinned closed notices on school gates, enforcing a 10-day shutdown of the education system. Italy’s sports-mad fans are also barred from stadiums until April 3.

A government decree that took effect Thursday urged the country’s famously demonstrative citizens to stay at least 1 meter (3 feet) apart from each other, placed restrictions on visiting nursing homes and urged the elderly not to go outside unless absolutely necessary.

Italy’s death toll climbed Thursday to 148, and its confirmed cases to 3,858.

Iran, which has registered 107 virus deaths, also closed schools and universities and introduced checkpoints to limit travel between major cities. Iranians were urged to reduce their use of paper money. Iranian state TV also reported that Hossein Sheikholeslam, a 68-year-old diplomat who was an adviser to Iran’s foreign minister, had died of the virus.

Amid the string of bad news, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged state television to offer happier programs to entertain those stuck at home.That directive appeared to be widely ignored, as school closures nationwide left many Italian children in the care of their grandparents. Parks in Rome overflowed with young and old, undercutting government efforts to shield older Italians from the virus that hits the elderly harder than others. Italy has the world’s oldest population after Japan.

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