Covid-19 Updates: Condition of 8 Covid-19 infected Indians on cruise improving
The ship, Diamond Princess, has a total of 138 Indians, including 132 crew and 6 passengers, on board the ship. The Indian embassy said in a tweet that no additional Indian national on board the cruise has tested positive for the virus since Thursday (Feb 20th).
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India was, till Friday afternoon, still awaiting China's clearance for the military aircraft that New Delhi wanted to send to coronavirus-epicentre Wuhan. The plane, with medical supplies, was meant to fly out on Thursday and was to also evacuate remaining Indians from Wuhan.
Additionally, China’s Vice Science and Technology Minister, Xu Nanping, said the earliest vaccine to combat Covid-19 would be submitted for clinical trials around late April. This announcement comes at a time when more than 2,236 people have died due to Covid-19 in China and another 75,400 cases have been confirmed.
Here are the live updates:
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First Covid-19 case confirmed in Israel in returnee from quarantined cruise
The other dozen Israeli passengers who have flown home from Diamond Princess, docked at the coast of Japan, have all tested negative for novel coronavirus.
Chinese doctor, 29, who put off wedding to treat coronavirus patients dies
Chinese health authorities have asked health agencies to apply for the honour of martyr for deceased medical staff to the veteran’s affairs authorities, comfort the families of the deceased and help solve their difficulties, as well as publicise stories of those who sacrificed their lives during the Covid-19 epidemic, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Airlines in Asia-Pacific stand to lose $27.8 bn in coronavirus crisis: IATA
Airlines operating in the Asia-Pacific region stand to lose a combined $27.8 billion of revenue this year in the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the International Air Transport Association said on Thursday.
The estimate is based on projections of a 13-percent full-year decline in passenger demand, mostly in China, the trade body said in a statement.
IATA said its estimate assumed that COVID-19 behaves like a SARS outbreak nearly two decades ago, which was "characterised by a six-month period with a sharp decline followed by an equally quick recovery".
Airlines in China's domestic market alone are estimated to lose around $12.8 billion in revenues.
Carriers outside the Asia-Pacific region are seen suffering $1.5 billion in losses.
This brings worldwide airline revenue lost to the virus to a projected $29.3 billion, IATA said.
India to evacuate around 100 nationals from Wuhan
India will evacuate around 100 of its nationals from the coronavirus-epicentre Wuhan in China, the ministry of external affairs said on Thursday.
MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told reporters that India is sending a C-17 military transport aircraft to Wuhan with medical supplies which will evacuate about 100 Indians on its return flight.
India is awaiting clearance from the Chinese side.
India's national carrier Air India earlier this month evacuated over 640 Indians from Wuhan in two separate flights.
Finance Minister reviews preparedness to deal with coronavirus
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday chaired a meeting here for reviewing the preparedness in wake of Coronavirus. She discussed the matter with secretaries and senior officials of various departments of the government.
Coronavirus cases in rest of world very low compared to China: WHO
WHO director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says coronavirus cases in rest of the world are very low compared to China. However, he added that this may not stay the same for very long.
Air India extends suspension of flights to China till June 30
Air India is extending the suspension of its flights to China till June 30.
Last month, the national carrier had suspended its six weekly Delhi-Shanghai flights from January 31 to February 14. However, it did not restart the flight operations from February 15 onwards. The national carrier had also suspended its Delhi-Hong Kong flights due to the coronavirus epidemic that has killed more than 2,000 people in China till date.
"Flight operations on both routes -- Delhi-Shanghai and Delhi-Hong Kong -- have been suspended till June 30," an Air India spokesperson said on Thursday.
India's first coronavirus patient discharged after after treatment
India’s first coronavirus patient, a medical student who had returned from Wuhan in China, was discharged from the Medical College Hospital in Thrissur on Thursday, the Kerala health ministry said.
The discharge of the student marked the recovery of all three cases which had tested positive in the country and had been reported from the state. Two other students - one from Alappuzha and another from Kasargod - were discharged earlier after their repeated tests emerged negative. The first patient of the country, a woman student, was undergoing treatment in an isolation ward of the hospital since she tested positive on January 30. But all three patients who were discharged were asked to remain quarantined in their houses till March 2.
Two passengers from coronavirus-hit cruise ship in Japan die
Two elderly passengers became the first people from aboard a cruise ship moored near Tokyo to die of the coronavirus, the Japanese government said on Thursday. The confirmation of their deaths came as hundreds more passengers disembarked after two weeks' quarantine.
The two patients who died are an 87-year-old man and an 84-year-old woman. Both had tested for the virus although the woman's cause of death was listed as pneumonia, the Japanese health ministry said, reports news agency Reuters.
The 621 coronavirus cases aboard the Diamond Princess cruise liner are by far the largest cluster of infection outside China.
US cruise ship crew given virus all-clear in Cambodia
The crew of a US cruise ship were given the all-clear from the deadly new coronavirus on Thursday, as Cambodia's premier suggested a former passenger who tested positive had caught it after leaving the country, reports AP.
The Westerdam was at sea for two weeks, rejected by five countries over fears its passengers could be carrying the virus, which has killed more than 2,100 people.
But Cambodia's premier Hun Sen allowed it to dock on the country's southern coast on February 13, and hundreds disembarked after basic health checks.
First published: Feb 20, 2020 17:14 IST