Coronavirus updates: Italy reports 627 new deaths, toll at 4,032
For the second straight day, China on Friday reported no new local cases of Covid-19. China's death toll, now at 3,248, has been overtaken by Italy, where 4,032 people have now died.
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The novel coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 9,800 people and infected over 240,000 so far. In India, the number of Covid-19 cases rose to 236 including 196 active cases and four deaths, according to the health ministry figures released on Friday morning.
Calling it a challenge for which there is no cure as yet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an address to the nation on Thursday, stressed on the importance of self-isolation and social distancing. He also called for a Citizens' Curfew on March 22 and asked people not to indulge in panic buying.
China's death toll, now at 3,248, was overtaken on Thursday by Italy, where 4,032 people have now died. Meanwhile, for the second straight day, China on Friday reported no new local cases of Covid-19.
Here are the updates on coronavirus:
Dow drops more than 900 points, ending worst week since 2008
Stocks sank to their worst week since the financial crisis of 2008 as traders went into full retreat out of fear that the coronavirus will plunge the U.S. and other major economies into deep recessions. The Dow industrials dropped more than 900 points, extending their weekly loss to 17%, reports AP.
Janta curfew on Sunday
Indian Railways has decided to curtail its service significantly on Sunday owing to Janta curfew.
IndiGo to operate 60% domestic flights on Sunday in view of the 'Jantra curfew'
IndiGo said on Friday that it will be operating 60 per cent of its domestic flights on Sunday when 'Janta curfew' would be in force. Moreover, as the airline has seen reduction in demand due to the pandemic, it will be operating 25 per cent less domestic flights for now, reports PTI.
Italy reports record 627 new deaths taking toll over 4,000
Italy has reported 627 new deaths due to the novel coronavirus. The death toll is over 4,000 reports AFP.
Govt employees in Jammu and Kashmir to attend offices on alternate weeks: ANI
In wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the government of Jammu and Kashmir ordered that the govt employees shall attend their offices on alternate weeks except those who are associated with the Corona virus control efforts & essential services, reports ANI.
Meghalaya announces 24-hour shutdown starting from midnight: PTI
The state of Meghalya announced a 24 hour shutdown starting from midnight. The state's chief minister Conrad Sangma said that Saturday will be observed as 'coronavirus awareness day', reports PTI.
Madhya Pradesh reports 4 coronavirus cases; 3 from same family: ANI
Four Covid-19 positive cases have been confirmed in Jabalpur. Three persons belong to the same family and have travel history to Dubai while the fourth person has travel history to Germany, reports ANI.
TMC MP Derek O’ Brien self-isolates after coming in contact with BJP MP Dushyant Singh
Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien joined the list of parliamentarians who had to isolate themselves after coming in contact with BJP MP Dushyant Singh, who went into self-isolation along with his mother and former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhra Raje, after coming in contact with singer Kanika Kapoor who tested positive for covid-19 on Friday.
No passenger trains to operate on March 22 following PM Modi's call for 'Janta Curfew'
All passenger trains in India will not operate on Sunday, March 22. However, passenger trains already running at 7 am on Sunday will be allowed to complete the journey.
US suspends all routine visa services due to virus
The United States said Friday it was suspending all routine visa services around the world due to the global coronavirus pandemic. US embassies and consulates will still consider emergency visas if they have adequate staff, the State Department said, reports AFP.
Have told PM Modi to stop all international flights to Bengal, says CM Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee after a video conference with Prime Minister Modi and other chief ministers said that she told the Prime Minister to stop all international flights to Bengal. She also Have requested him to come up with plan for unorganised sector, suffering due to COVID-19 pandemic, reports PTI.
Another case of coronavirus reported in Telangana, total number of positive cases jump to 17
A fresh case of coronavirus was reported in Telagana on Friday, taking the total number of those who tested positive for the infection in the state to 17, reports PTI.
Iran's coronavirus death toll rises to 1,433: Health Ministry
Iran said Friday that coronavirus has killed 149 more people in the Islamic republic, raising the country's official death toll from the disease to 1,433, reports AFP.
Bavaria becomes the first state in Germany to order lockdown
Germany's largest state Bavaria on Friday became the first region in the country to order a lockdown to prevent coronavirus infections, reports AFP.
Spain’s coronavirus death toll surpasses 1,000
Spain's death toll from the coronavirus epidemic soared to 1,002 on Friday from 767 on the previous day, the country's health emergencies chief Fernando Simon said.
The number of registered cases in the country rose to 19,980 on Friday from 17,147 on Thursday, Simon said.
First published: Mar 20, 2020 06:49 IST