The list of positive coronavirus cases as confirmed by the Union Health Ministry stood at 84 on March 14, with two deaths reported so far from Delhi and Karnataka. Data from States, however, put the number of confirmed cases at 102.
Saturday witnessed the largest number of 12 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases reported in Maharashtra on a single day, taking the number of patients to 31.
12.45 am | Kerala
All 289 Dubai-bound passengers offloaded at Kochi airport after UK national tests positive
At least 289 passengers of a Dubai-bound flight were offloaded at the airport here on Sunday shortly before takeoff after a UK national among them tested positive for novel coronavirus, official sources said here.
The passenger belonged to a group of 19 holidaying in the hill resort town of Munnar in Kerala and was under surveillance, a Cochin International Airport Limited spokesman said.
11.20 am | Tamil Nadu
Avoid travel out of Tamil Nadu for 15 days, says CM
As part of precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Sunday appealed to the general public to avoid travel out of Tamil Nadu for the next 15 days. He also urged people to keep off social gatherings in large numbers in public places.
The State government ordered closure of kindergarten and up to class V sections in all schools till March 31.
Pilgrimage to Kartarpur Sahib suspended
Pilgrimage and registration for Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan will be suspended beginning Sunday midnight in view of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Home Ministry said.
The government has also suspended movement of all types of passengers through international border points with Pakistan from 00:00 hours of March 16 in view of the threat from coronavirus.
Over 230 Indians evacuated from Iran, quarantined at Army wellness centre in Jaisalmer
Two Air India flights carrying over 230 Indians from coronavirus-hit Iran landed in Jaisalmer on Sunday morning and the passengers have been quarantined at the Indian Army Wellness Centre at Jaisalmer.
Defence spokesperson Col. Sombit Ghosh said, “236 persons have landed in Jaisalmer by two Air India flights this morning. They are being quarantined at the Indian Army Wellness Centre at Jaisalmer,” Col. Ghosh said.
S.Korea reports 76 new coronavirus cases
South Korea on Sunday reported 76 new coronavirus cases and three more deaths, a fall in new cases to double-digits for the first time in over three weeks.
South Korea, which has the highest number of cases in Asia after China, now has a total to 8,162 confirmed infections and 75 deaths, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said (KCDC).
234 Indians stranded in Iran have arrived in India: Jaishankar
Two hundred and thirty-four Indians stranded in coronavirus-hit Iran have arrived in India, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Sunday.
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Special Air India flight with 211 students departs from Milan
Union Health Ministry, Sanjeeva Kumar said on Saturday said that a Mahan Air flight bringing back Indian passengers from Iran will land in Mumbai on Saturday midnight.
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Spain locks down its citizens, while France shuts nightlife
Spain locked down its 46 million citizens and France ordered the closing of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the cafes and restaurants – as governments took increasingly desperate measures to put more space between people and contain the coronavirus.
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UK advises citizens against travel to Spain
British government on Sunday advised its citizens against all but essential travel to Spain amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Britons who are currently in Spain should follow the advice of local authorities, said Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, adding that transport services to the country will be operating at reduced levels.
Trump tests negative for coronavirus
President Donald Trump has tested negative for the new coronavirus, according to the president’s personal physician.
The White House released the test results Saturday night after Mr. Trump told reporters hours earlier that he had taken the coronavirus test, following days of resisting being screened despite the fact that he had been in recent contact with three people who have tested positive for the virus, including members of the Brazilian president’s delegation who visited with him at his Florida resort.
Casinos, pubs, other public places closed
The Goa government on Saturday announced closure of educational institutions and public places including casinos, swimming pools and pubs in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak in the country till March 31.
The order will come into force from Sunday (March 15) midnight.
Schools, colleges, malls to be shut till March 31
The Maharashtra government on Saturday announced closure of all schools, colleges, training institute, anganwadis in urban areas as the number of novel coronavirus cases rose to 31 in the State. Health Minister Rajesh Tope said in the Assembly that new patients have been detected from across the State.
New COVID-19 testing lab at KEM
Mumbai is all set to have a new laboratory to test the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Civic health officials on Saturday said the new testing facility will be ready at KEM Hospital in Parel by next week.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) health officer Dr. Daksha Shah said besides opening the new laboratory, the working hours of the existing facility at Kasturba Hospital will be increased. “The new lab at KEM will be opened at the earliest. We are waiting for some tests to be carried out on the premises,” she said.
COVID-19 victim cremated after initial refusal
The body of a 68-year-old woman from Delhi, who succumbed to COVID-19, was cremated at Nigambhod Ghat on Saturday after initially being denied permission by the crematorium, said her family.
Hampi, key attractions in Kodagu among places closed for a week
Ballari Deputy Commissioner S.S. Nakul ordered the closure of heritage sites in Hampi exercising powers vested under Section 144(3) of the Code of Criminal Procedure. The Deputy Commissioner and the District Magistrate issued the order on Saturday banning the entry of all tourists between 6 a.m. of March 15 and 6 a.m. of March 22.