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Coronavirus LIVE: France reports three more deaths, taking total toll to seven

The number of people testing positive for novel coronavirus in India went up to 30 on Thursday. Here are the updates

By HT Correspondent | Updated: Mar 06, 2020 01:17 IST
Coronavirus LIVE: France reports three more deaths, taking total toll to seven

As coronavirus scare looms across the world with at least 30 people infected with the novel Covid-19 in India, airports in the country are all set for a mammoth screening exercise.

Health minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said in the Parliament that 28,529 persons across the country have been brought under surveillance.

Prime Minister Modi's visit to Brussels to attend India-EU Summit was cancelled on Thursday and the meeting has been rescheduled, said the MEA spokesperson.

Here are latest updates on coronavirus:

12:37 AM IST

France reports three more coronavirus deaths

France reported three more deaths due to coronavirus infection on Thursday, taking the total toll to seven. The number of confirmed coronavirus infections rose by 138 to 423, a health official said according to a report in Reuters.


A total of 23 people are in a very serious condition, health agency director Jerome Salomon said at a daily briefing about the virus.

11:36 PM IST

'Long list' of countries not doing enough against virus, says WHO

The World Health Organisation on Thursday warned that many countries were not taking necessary steps to fight the spread of coronavirus.


“This is not a drill. This is not the time for giving up. This is not a time of for excuses. This is a time for pulling out all the stops,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a daily briefing in Geneva, according to a report in AP.

"Countries have been planning for scenarios like this for decades. Now is the time to act on those plans," he added.

10:04 PM IST

Special flights to start between Iran and India for the stranded passengers, says Iran embassy official: ANI

From tomorrow, special flights will start between Iran and India for the stranded passengers. Over 2000 Indians are stranded in Iran. We can send them back to India only after proper approval of Indian authority, an Iran embassy official said.

09:55 PM IST

Arrangements being made to facilitate return of stranded Indians in Iran: MEA

Arrangements are being made to facilitate the return of stranded Indians from Iran in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak through normal civil aviation channels, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday. MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said as of now there are no Indians infected with the virus in Iran.

09:26 PM IST

Air travellers coming from Italy, South Korea to carry medical certificate, says DGCA

Air travellers having visited or arriving from Italy and South Korea will require to submit a certificate of having "tested" negative from a health authorities-designated lab in their countries for coronavirus at the departure airport, a senior DGCA official said on Thursday. The fresh travel curbs, which are in addition to the visa restrictions already in place, would come into effect from midnight of March 9 and will remain in place until cases of coronavirus subside, he said.

08:51 PM IST

Paytm shuts Gurugram office for 15 days after employee tests positive

Paytm has shut its Gurugram office for up to a fortnight after one of its employees tested positive for coronavirus, the company said, as it looked to contain the spread of infection to other employees.

08:51 PM IST

New York confirms two more coronavirus cases, state total at 13

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday announced there were two more confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, bringing the total number of infected patients in the state to 13, reports Reuters

08:02 PM IST

Kendriya Vidyalayas in Delhi to remain closed for primary classes till March 31

Kendriya Vidyalayas in Delhi to remain closed for primary classes till March 31 in view of coronavirus: PTI quotes officials

07:50 PM IST

Iran reports 15 more deaths, toll goes up to 107

Iran on Thursday reported 15 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, raising the national toll to 107, and said it would keep schools and universities closed until early April, reports AFP.

07:53 PM IST

Ghaziabad man tests positive, total cases in India go up to 30

A suspected case of coronavirus from Ghaziabad has been confirmed by the National Institute of Virology, Pune. The man, with travel history of Iran, has been found to be covid-19 positive. This takes the total number of infected cases in India to 30.

07:25 PM IST

Mughal Gardens at Rashtrapati Bhavan to be closed from March 7

The Mughal Gardens at Rashtrapati Bhavan will be closed for public from March 7 in view of coronavirus outbreak. "Continuing the precautionary measures at Rashtrapati Bhavan in view of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus, the Mughal Gardens will close for public from Saturday, March 7 to avoid any large gathering of people," a Rashtrapati Bhavan tweet said on Thursday evening.

07:17 PM IST

2 suspected cases in Telangana test negative for COVID-19: Minister

Two suspected coronavirus cases in Telanagana have tested negative, the health administration announced on Thursday. The administration said there are no fresh cases of COVID-19 in the state.

The samples were of a man having travel history to Italy and a sanitation worker in Secunderabad's Apollo Hospitals who had come in contact with the techie who had tested positive on Monday, said the state health minister E Rajender.

07:17 PM IST

Greece reports 21 new coronavirus cases in group travelling from Israel

Greek health officials on Thursday reported 21 new coronavirus infections among a group that had recently travelled to Israel, raising the country's total to 31, reports Reuters.

"Twenty-one out of 24 people tested positive," Sotiris Tsiodras of the national public health organisation (EODY) told a news conference.

06:23 PM IST

BMC launches helpline to report coronavirus cases in Mumbai

Mumbai's civic body. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), has launched a 24x7 helpline number '1916' to report coronavirus cases in the city.

06:20 PM IST

'Have to be careful next 10-15 days': Uddhav Thackeray

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has asked people of the state not to panic but added the need to be careful over the next few days.

"Municipal corporations and administration of the state are on alert. We have to be more careful in next 10 to 15 days. It is advised to avoid big gatherings during Holi as already requested by PM Modi," Thackeray said, reports ANI.

First published: Mar 05, 2020 05:25 IST