India Coronavirus Updates: Total number of Coronavirus cases in India increases to 169; Maharashtra tops with 47 cases | India News
Here’s a look at the latest updates on coronavirus (Covid-19) in India and around the world:
“Stay” Where You Are: MEA Indians Abroad
Amid restrictions on the entry of passengers from various countries, the Foreign Ministry on Thursday urged stranded Indians in various parts of the world to “stay” and said that Indian missions are doing everything possible to support them.
Dammu Ravi, additional MEA secretary in charge of coordinating efforts to counter COVID-19, said it is not advisable for people to move from one region to another as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
“This must be understood in the context of the severity of the crisis. These restrictions are temporary, so one should not panic. If the Indians are held in some places, our advice would be to stay,” he said.
“Our missions, our ambassadors are at the forefront to support these stranded Indians. They are reaching out to them and addressing their concerns. As much as possible, we are doing our best,” he said.
The government prohibits the export of ventilators, surgical / disposable masks
The government banned on Thursday the export of all ventilators, surgical / disposable
More expensive and textile raw material used to make
More expensive with immediate effect, since it seeks to guarantee the adequate supply of critical material at a time when the coronavirus count is increasing in the country.
However, the government said that items such as gloves, ophthalmic instruments and appliances, surgical blades, gas
More expensive with chemical absorbent for filtration against poisonous fumes and vapors, and the biopsy punch can be freely exported.
By imposing an export ban on the material used to make the masks, the government hopes that more supplies will be available in the domestic market and control prices.
Italy exceeds death toll from China’s coronavirus: AFP account
Italy on Thursday surpassed the death toll from China’s coronavirus, with 427 new deaths totaling its total since the first case was reported in February at 3,405.
China has officially reported 3,245 deaths since it registered its first infection late last year.
Coronavirus could kill millions if allowed to spread like wildfire: UN chief
The world is “at war” with a virus, which if allowed to “spread like wildfire” would kill millions, UN chief Antonio Guterres said Thursday, calling for coordinated, decisive and innovative political action. of the main world economies to fight the pandemic
“We are facing a global health crisis like no other in the 75-year history of the United Nations, one that is spreading human suffering, infecting the global economy and changing people’s lives,” Guterres said at a first news conference. virtual about your type. The COVID-2019 pandemic.
Warning that a record-size global recession is “almost a certainty,” the UN Secretary-General cited that the International Labor Organization estimates that workers around the world could lose as much as $ 3.4 trillion in revenue by the end of this year. year.
Modi calls for resolution, moderation to fight the coronavirus; Curfew in Janta on Sunday
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who called for “resolution and control” to fight the coronavirus, called on the entire country on Thursday to observe the “Janta curfew” on Sunday.
In a nearly 30-minute national broadcast, he asked people to stay indoors and work from home as much as possible, while underlining the dangers of the coronavirus, saying the world has never seen a crisis as serious as this.
“Even World War I and World War II did not affect as many countries as the coronavirus has,” Modi said, asking people to avoid this mentality that the disease will not affect India much when it has hit hard on many developed countries.
Indian dies in coronavirus in Iran
The government has said that an Indian citizen infected with coronavirus in Iran died, the first death of an Indian outside the country due to the pandemic.
Other Indian citizens infected with the disease in Iran receive treatment and are cared for by the Iranian government, the government said.
On Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed Lok Sabha that up to 276 Indians have been infected with coronaviruses abroad, including 255 in Iran, 12 in the United Arab Emirates, five in Italy and one in Hong Kong, Kuwait, Rwanda and Sri Lanka. .
When asked if any coronavirus-infected Indians have died in Iran, Dammu Ravi, additional MEA secretary and COVID-19 coordinator, replied in the affirmative. He said the deceased was a person over the age of 70 and had health-related complications.
United States approves antimalarial drug to treat coronavirus: Trump
The United States has approved the use of the antimalarial drug chloroquine as a treatment for the new coronavirus, Donald Trump said Thursday.
“We are going to be able to make that drug available almost immediately, and that’s where the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has been so great,” Trump told reporters.
“They’ve gone through the approval process, it’s been approved. They cut it from many, many months to immediate. So we can make that drug available by prescription.”
Another positive case in Kerala, the state government announces a Rs 20 billion financial package
One more person tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases to 25, as the left government announced a financial package of Rs 20 billion to overcome the current crisis facing the southern state in the wake of the outbreak of the virus.
The special multi-crore package includes a health package of Rs 500 crore, loans of Rs 2,000 crore and free ration.
The man who tested positive had returned from Dubai and came from the northern Kasaragod district, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters after a COVID-19 review meeting.
He said 65 people were hospitalized on Thursday.
Tirupati Balaji Temple will be closed for devotees
The famous Lord Venkateswara shrine in Tirumala, near Tirupati, and all other major temples will be out of devotee’s reach, while shopping malls and movie theaters would be closed in Andhra Pradesh until March 31 as part of the Measures to control the spread of the coronavirus, the state announced the government on Thursday.
The restrictions would take effect from Friday, said deputy chief minister for medicine and health, A K K Srinivas (Nani), after a high-level meeting on COVID-19, chaired by Prime Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy.
However, daily rituals in all these temples will be performed by the priests. Only devotees will not be allowed, he said.
Iran Says 149 New Coronavirus Deaths, Number Reaches 1,284
Iranian authorities announced 149 new deaths from the new coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the death toll to 1,284 in a country that is one of the worst affected by the pandemic.
While Thursday’s death toll exceeded that of the previous day (147 was reported Wednesday), the number of new cases has decreased, according to figures provided by Iran’s deputy health minister, Alireza Raisi.
A total of 18,407 people have contracted the disease in Iran, with 1,046 new cases confirmed in the past 24 hours.
Center calls on states to take preventive measures for employees
The Center has called on all state governments to ensure that the necessary measures are taken for its employees to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, according to a statement released Thursday.
The order cited different measures taken by the personnel ministry to guarantee the safety of the employees who work there and for the people who could come into contact with them.
State governments have been asked to install thermal scanners, discourage visitors from entering government offices, avoid nonessential trips to the office, close gyms / recreation centers, and ensure the regular supply of hand sanitizers, soap, and running water in the bathroom.
India reports fourth death; total numbers go up to 173
India reported the death of a Punjab COVID-19 patient on Thursday, bringing the death toll in the country to four, the Union health ministry said.
According to the ministry, the number of new cases of coronavirus in the country has increased to 173.
The cases include 25 foreigners: 17 from Italy, three from the Philippines, two from the United Kingdom, one from Canada, Indonesia and Singapore. The figure also includes four reported deaths in Punjab, Delhi, Karnataka and Maharashtra.
Punjab will suspend public transport from Friday at midnight
To contain the coronavirus outbreak, the Punjab government decided on Thursday to stop the operation of all public transport (buses, tempos, auto rickshaws) from Friday at midnight.
All weekly kisan mandis shopping complexes, shopping malls, museums and venues across the state will also be closed until March 31.
During the meeting, it was decided not to allow public meetings of more than 20 people.
Hotels, wedding palaces, indoor and outdoor dining and banquets will also be closed. The government has allowed home delivery and takeaway service. Public treatment in government offices has been restricted.
Coronavirus cases in Germany exceed 10,000
Germany has registered 10,999 cases of the new coronavirus, official data showed Thursday, and the number of new infections reported increased by 2,801 in a single day.
Twenty people died from the viral infection, data from the disease control agency Robert Koch Institute (RKI) showed. North Rhine-Westphalia remains the most affected state, with 3,033 cases of COVID-19, 661 more than a day ago.
The center orders work from home, staggering the hours of work for its staff
The Center decided Thursday to allow 50 percent of its employees to work from home and the rest to attend the office every day, in addition to implementing different time slots for working hours, in its effort to further control the spread of coronavirus.
Department Heads (HoDs) can ensure that 50 percent of Group B and C employees must attend the office every day and that the remaining 50 percent of staff must be instructed to work from home, according to a personnel ministry order.
Additionally, the work schedule for all employees who attend the office on a particular day must be staggered, per order.
78 quarantined in Srinagar after Leh’s arrival
On Thursday, Kashmir authorities quarantined 78 people, who arrived in Srinagar from Leh, in union territory of Ladakh, on suspicion of new coronavirus infection, authorities said.
The two-week quarantine has been made compulsory for all people coming to Kashmir from Ladakh.
The authorities asked the families of the quarantined people not to visit the facilities, since it was not allowed.
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ICSE Board Class Exams 10.12 postponed until March 31
On Thursday, the ICSE board postponed the class 10 and 12 tests due to the new coronavirus threat, authorities said.
Executive director of the Council for Indian Schools Certification Exams, Gerry Arathoon, said the exams were postponed until March 31. On Wednesday, CBSE had also postponed the exams until March 31.
The government considers easier loans, fiscal rules to help the economy withstand the virus
India is considering offering easier loan repayment terms and tax exemptions for small and medium-sized businesses to help Asia’s third-largest economy resist the attack of the coronavirus.
There is no need to fear; people should stay inside: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray
“There is no need to fear. People should not leave their homes. We are all in this fight together. We have to reduce the burden on health agencies,” Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said during a conference on press. The prime minister added that he asked the Union government to establish more testing laboratories.
“Just as soldiers fight war, here doctors, nurses and other government agencies are soldiers,” he added.
Two more positive tests in Maharashtra, total cases increases to 47
A 22-year-old woman tested positive for coronavirus in Mumbai. The woman has a history of travel to the United Kingdom. One more person, a 49-year-old woman from Ulhasnagar, tested positive on Thursday. She has a history of travel to Dubai. With these two new cases, the total number of positive cases in the state reached 47.
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10 states / UT report new cases, most in one day
As many as 10 states and Union territories reported new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total count in the country so far to 171. This is the highest number of states / UTs reporting new cases so far, and the count higher than 27 —In a single day. The Union health ministry has confirmed 151 cases so far.
In a troubling signal, the cases were reported from a large geographic area: eight from Telangana, four in Maharashtra, three in Rajasthan and Karnataka, 2 in Delhi and UP, one in Haryana, Ladakh, J&K, Chandigarh, and TN.
Chidambaram calls for the immediate closure of all towns and cities for 2-4 weeks
The main leader of Congress, P Chidambaram, called for an immediate closure of all towns and cities for 2-4 weeks to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
“After yesterday’s statement by the WHO Director-General, there should be no hesitation in ordering an immediate closure of all our towns and cities for 2-4 weeks,” he said.
The head of the World Health Organization said Wednesday that the coronavirus was an “enemy against humanity.”
The very survival of the airline industry now at stake: Indigo CEO
“With the precipitous drop in revenue, the survival of the airline industry is now at stake,” said IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta. The CEO also announced a pay cut for all employees. He himself will have a 25 percent cut in wages.
Mumbai prepares to quarantine 26,000 Indians coming from the Gulf
The Mumbai Civic Corps has prepared to welcome around 26,000 Indians expected to arrive in the city between Thursday and March 31 from Gulf countries affected by Covid-19, such as the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman.
Twenty-three flights arrive in Mumbai from these countries every day. In accordance with the guidelines of the Center, all arrivals from the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman must remain in quarantine for 14 days from March 18.
Sensex hangs more than 2,100 points; Ingenious below 7,900
Equity indices continued to drop Thursday amid the coronavirus-led global sell. The BSE sensex benchmark sank 2,120 points or 7.34 percent to 26,750; while the broader NSE Nifty moved 575 points or 6.79 percent lower to 7,894. On Wednesday, the Sensex had crashed another 1,710 points to close at 28,870 with bank and financial stocks, along with RIL, leading the slide as fears of a coronavirus-induced recession continued.
At Wednesday’s close, at around the 28,900 level, the Sensex was down nearly 32% from its intraday high of 42,274, recorded just two months ago on January 20.
Results of 820 samples in, no community outreach so far
All 820 samples randomly collected from people with severe acute respiratory infection have tested negative, providing scientific evidence that community transmission has not yet occurred.
The process of taking samples from those who are not in the “risk zone” of people who have been abroad or who have been in contact with them will continue. The possibility of community spread, when the virus is found in a patient who has not traveled or been in contact with that person, remains.
Mumbai’s Dabbawalas suspends tiffin service until March 31
Mumbai’s famous tiffin providers, the dabbawalas, suspended their services until March 31 in view of the coronavirus. Subhash Talekar, spokesman for the Mumbai Dabbawala Association, said the service will continue to be suspended from Friday as a precautionary measure.
UGC asks universities to postpone exams until March 31
The University Scholarship Commission has issued a circular requesting all higher education institutions to reschedule their exam after March 31, 2020. “All ongoing university exams can be rescheduled after March 31, 2020. Second, all Assessment work can be rescheduled after March 31, 2020, “the organization stated.
‘255 Indians in Iran tested + ve for Covid-19’
Meetings with Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and senior MEA officials were required, as well as the persuasion of prominent Shiite leaders, for the Indians stranded in Iran, who are negative for Covid-19, to return home, even when There was an official confirmation that 255 Indian pilgrims have carried out tests. positive for disease
Restrictions imposed on Srinagar
Srinagar authorities announced on Thursday restrictions in parts of the city, including the Khanyar area, where the first positive case of coronavirus was detected in Kashmir. The area within the 300-meter radius of the home of the 67-year-old COVID-19 patient in the town of Khanyar has been sealed.
China reports no new cases of domestic coronavirus for the first time
China said on Thursday that no new domestic cases of coronavirus were reported for the first time in the country, three months after the deadly virus broke out in Wuhan. The China National Health Commission (NHC) in its daily report on Thursday said no new nationally transmitted cases of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were reported on Wednesday in mainland China. However, he said 34 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported, but all were from people arriving from abroad.
Pak confirms 2 deaths from COVID-19; positive cases of more than 300
Pakistan reported its first two deaths from the new coronavirus in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, provincial health minister Taimur Khan Jhagra confirmed. The first death involves a 50-year-old Mardan man who had recently returned from Saudi Arabia, while the other deceased was a 36-year-old Hangu man who had received treatment at Lady Reading Hospital in the provincial capital of Peshawar. .
Two members of the United States Congress test positive for coronavirus
Two members of the United States House of Representatives, Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida and Ben McAdams of Utah, said Wednesday that they had tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the first members of Congress known to have contracted the respiratory illness. .