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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:

12:40 PM IST

Indonesia curbs entry of foreign visitors from Iran, Italy and South Korea

Indonesia will ban entry and transit of foreign visitors who have spent 14 days in cities hit by coronavirus outbreaks in Iran, Italy and South Korea, starting March 8, the country's foreign minister said on Thursday.

Travellers coming from other places in the three countries will need to provide a certificate issued by health authorities to declare that they are healthy, Minister Retno Marsudi said.

The measures follow a similar ban on entry and transit of visitors from mainland China to limit the spread of the virus.

12:27 PM IST

Apple, Netflix pull out of South by Southwest festival amid coronavirus outbreak

Apple Inc and Netflix Inc said they were pulling out of the South by Southwest music and tech festival to be held later this month, amid the coronavirus outbreak, reported news agency Reuters.

The US death toll from coronavirus infections rose to 11 on Wednesday and California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency amid the nation's largest outbreak.

Facebook Inc had said earlier this week it would not participate in the festival.

12:10 PM IST

‘Coronavirus in cities, villages safe’: Samajwadi Party’s Ram Gopal Yadav to Centre

Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav said on Thursday that coronavirus is concentrated to cities in India, and has not reached the villages. He also advised the government to not spread panic.

“The spread of coronavirus is concentrated to cities, it’s not there in villages. I would request the government to check those who regularly visit abroad. There is no doubt that we should be careful, but there is no need to spread panic,” Yadav said in the Rajya Sabha.

“There are medicines in Ayurveda which can stave off the virus,” Yadav further said.

11:55 AM IST

Bengal BJP workers distribute Modi-named masks to fight coronavirus

In view of the coronavirus scare, a group of BJP workers in West Bengal have started distributing masks in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help prevent any spread of the disease, reported news agency IANS.

On the masks was monogrammed: "Save from Coronavirus/Modi Ji/BJP (W.B)".

However, the in-charge of the state BJP media cell said the party has not taken up any such programme. "If some people have done it, they did it in their individual capacity".

11:45 AM IST

29 test positive for coronavirus in India: Health minister in Parliament

Twenty nine people have tested positive for coronavirus in India and 28,529 people brought under surveillance, health minister said in the Parliament.

11:33 AM IST

No COVID-19 case in Sikkim, 4.06 lakh passengers screened

The Sikkim government has said that over 4.06 lakh passengers arriving in the state have been screened so far for coronavirus infection, but no positive case has been detected.

A total of 69,734 vehicles have been stopped for checking at Utteray, Ramman, Rangpo, Reshi and Melli checkposts and 4,06,993 passengers screened for symptoms of coronavirus, but no positive case has been found in Sikkim till date, a statement issued by the state health department said.

However, 14 passengers have reported their "travel history connected with China and Nepal".

11:28 AM IST

14 Italians who tested positive for coronavirus moved to Gurugram hospital

The 14 Italian tourists who travelled across three states before arriving from Rajasthan to New Delhi and tested positive for Covid-19 have been shifted to the Medanta hospital in Gurugram. They have been housed in isolation on a separate floor, the hospital said.

“Medanta has received, at the special request of the government, 14 asymptomatic persons suspected to have Covid-19. These patients are housed on a completely separate floor, in an isolated quarantine floor, with no contact with the rest of the hospital,” the hospital said in a statement on Thursday.

11:26 AM IST

UK airline Flybe collapses

One of Britain's biggest airlines, Flybe, collapsed Thursday with passengers left stranded as the coronavirus epidemic takes a heavy toll on air travel around the world.

A statement on Flybe's website said the no-frills airline, which employs 2,000 people, had entered administration and could not arrange alternative flights for its passengers.

"All flights have been grounded and the UK business has ceased trading with immediate effect," said the company, which avoided going bust in January only after being granted a tax holiday by the government.

11:24 AM IST

Facebook contractor tests positive for Covid-19, Seattle office shut

Facebook has shut its Seattle office until March 9 after one of its contractors tested positive for COVID-19, suggesting all its employees to work from home for the rest of the month. This is the second such case reported at any tech giant in the US, after an Amazon worker in Seattle was found infected with the new coronavirus this week.

According to Tracy Clayton, a Facebook spokesperson, a contractor based in the Stadium East Office was diagnosed with coronavirus, reported on Wednesday.

09:56 AM IST

290 mn students out of school as global coronavirus battle intensifies

Almost 300 million students worldwide faced weeks at home on Thursday with Italy the latest country to shut schools over the deadly new coronavirus, as the IMF urged an all-out, global offensive against the epidemic.

09:40 AM IST

94,250 confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide: Johns Hopkins University

As on Wednesday, there were at least 94,250 confirmed cases of Covid-19 worldwide, with 80,270 of those cases in mainland China where the virus originated, recent data from Johns Hopkins University shows.

09:28 AM IST

India among 15 most affected economies due to coronavirus: UN

The trade impact of the coronavirus epidemic for India is estimated to be about 348 million dollars and the country figures among the top 15 economies most affected as slowdown of manufacturing in China disrupts world trade, according to a UN report.

09:04 AM IST

Trade impact of coronavirus for India estimated at $348 million: UN

The trade impact of the coronavirus epidemic for India is estimated to be about 348 million dollars and the country figures among the top 15 economies most affected as slowdown of manufacturing in China disrupts world trade, according to a UN report. Estimates published by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Wednesday said that the slowdown of manufacturing in China due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is disrupting world trade and could result in a 50 billion dollar decrease in exports across global value chains.

08:34 AM IST

Emergency declared in California as state reports first fatality from Covid-19

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared an emergency as he reported the state’s first fatality from the COVID-19 illness -- an elderly person who had taken a cruise to Mexico -- while health officials in nearby Washington state said a 10th person had died there.

08:17 AM IST

Passenger from Turkey tested positive at Singapore airport

Singapore, which has reported 112 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, on Wednesday stepped up efforts to contain its spread at Changi Airport after a passenger from Turkey tested positive for COVID-19.

The health ministry said that one of the passengers of Turkish Airlines flight TK54, which arrived here from Turkey on March 3, tested positive for COVID-19. A statement from the Ministry of Transport (MOT) said Turkish Airlines flight TK55 did not take off from Changi Airport on Wednesday at its scheduled departure time of 11.35 PM, Channel News Asia reported on Thursday.

First published: Mar 05, 2020 05:25 IST