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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:

07:17 PM IST

Truck drivers from Pakistan scanned at Atari: Home Ministry

Truck drivers from Pakistan are being scanned at Attari for COVID19, ministry of home affairs has said. The government is ensuring constant vigilance and continuous monitoring to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

05:27 PM IST

Sikkim govt suspends issuing ILP to foreigners

Sikkim government suspends issuing Inner Line Permit (ILP) to foreigners due to coronavirus scare: PTI quotes an official.

"In view of rapid spread of coronavirus, no ILP may be issued to foreign nationals, including those from Bhutan, with effect from today," a Home Department notification issued by Joint Secretary Parina Gurung said.

In addition, no permits will be issued by the Tourism and Civil Aviation Department for travel to Nathula with immediate effect, she said.

Foreign nationals are required to obtain ILP from the state government to visit Sikkim, while a domestic tourist must get permit from the Tourism and Civil Aviation Department to visit Nathula, a mountain pass in East Sikkim district which links the state with China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

05:01 PM IST

PM Modi not to visit Brussels for India-EU Summit due to coronavirus

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not visit Brussels for the India-EU Summit, scheduled for later this month, due to coronavirus outbreak.

“As far as India-EU Summit is concerned which PM Modi had to attend, the health authorities of both the countries suggested that travelling must not take place at present. So, it has been decided that Summit will be rescheduled on a mutually convenient date,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a press briefing.

04:39 PM IST

All Delhi primary schools to remain shut till March 31

All primary schools in Delhi - - both government and private -will remain shut till March 31 in view of coronavirus outbreak. The deputy chief minister and education minister Manish Sisodia made this announcement on Thursday.

04:39 PM IST

Iran announced 15 new COVID-19 deaths: AFP

Iran announces 15 new coronavirus deaths, raising total to 107: AFP news agency

04:02 PM IST

Crew, passengers aboard 452 ships from China not allowed to disembark at Indian ports: Official

To prevent coronavirus spread, 16,076 crew, passengers aboard 452 ships from China are not being allowed to disembark at Indian ports: PTI quotes an official.

03:59 PM IST

Coronavirus could cost airlines $113 bn revenue in 2020: IATA

The airline industry could lose up to $113 billion in revenue this year due to the impact of the new coronavirus, an industry body warned Thursday, as the epidemic spreads rapidly worldwide, reports AFP.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimated revenue losses to airlines' passenger business of between $63 billion and $113 billion -- with the higher figure for a scenario where the virus spreads more widely.

03:52 PM IST

Switzerland reports first coronavirus death

Switzerland on Thursday reported first death from coronavirus. A 74-year-old woman, hospitalised in the western city of Lausanne with the virus on Tuesday, died overnight, regional police in the canton of Vaud said in a statement.

03:49 PM IST

Iran to close schools, universities till March 20

Iran decides to close schools and universities until the end of Iranian calender year on March 20 due to coronavirus outbreak: Reuters quotes health minister

03:27 PM IST

Delhi govt advises suspending biometric attendance: Official

Delhi government advises its departments and autonomous bodies to suspend biometric attendance system in wake of coronavirus outbreak, says an official: PTI

02:01 PM IST

A drug that has emerged as a hope to combat coronavirus

Actemra, an anti-inflammation drug made by Swiss drugmaker Roche has

been approved by China for patients who develop severe complications from coronavirus as it is urgently looking for new ways to combat the infection that is spreading worldwide, reported news agency Reuters.

01:38 PM IST

Indian medical team to reach coronavirus-hit Iran today: Jaishankar

External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Thursday said that an Indian medical team for screening will arrives in Iran today.

"Hope to establish first clinic at Qom by this evening. Screening process will start immediately thereafter. Working on logistics of return with Iranian authorities", he tweeted.

01:08 PM IST

5 who came in contact with coronavirus positive Paytm employee quarantined in Delhi

A Paytm employee in Gurugram tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday,

and five people from Delhi who came in contact with him have been tested and quarantined till their results come in government health officials told news agency PTI on Thursday.


Health officials are also coordinating with their counterparts in Noida to ascertain the number of people he came in contact with.

12:59 PM IST

'Very homesick', say residents in coronavirus-hit Wuhan


Since January 23, China's Hubei province, which is the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, was put under an unprecedented lockdown following which Wuhan has cut off from the outside.


A 30-year-old woman told news agency AFP, "Some people coming (to China) from overseas could create a new eruption of the epidemic, so being in Wuhan could now be the safest choice."

12:41 PM IST

241 isolation wards created in Uttarakhand

Over 240 isolation wards have been created across Uttarakhand and 50- ICU beds are ready in AIIMS Rishikesh in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Dr Amita Upreti, Director General of health services of the state said on Thursday, according to news agency ANI.

"The government is taking all the measures to curb the disease and 241 isolation wards have been created across the Uttarakhand and 50 ICUs are ready in AIIMS in Rishikesh," she was quoted as saying.

First published: Mar 05, 2020 05:25 IST