Coronavirus outbreak HIGHLIGHTS: MEA makes formal request to China to facilitate evacuation of Indians in Wuhan
Coronavirus outbreak HIGHLIGHTS: The death toll in China rose to 106 as the country continued to impose restrictions on travel to curb its spread. China's national health commission said the number of confirmed cases now stood at 4,515, up from 2,835 a day before.
<strong>Coronavirus outbreak HIGHLIGHTS: </strong>Passengers wearing masks wait in a line to check-in to a flight to Shanghai at the Vaclav Havel International Airport in Prague, Czech Republic, January 27, 2020. (AP Photo)
Coronavirus outbreak HIGHLIGHTS: The Ministry of External Affairs Tuesday said the Centre has started preparations to evacuate the Indians stranded in China’s Wuhan, which is the epicenter of the outbreak of the deadly new coronavirus. This comes as the death toll in China due to coronavirus rose to 106 as the country continued to impose restrictions on travel to curb its spread. China’s national health commission said the number of confirmed cases now stood at 4,515, up from 2,835 a day before.
Three Indian men, who came from China Monday, have been admitted to the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital Delhi. “They walked into the hospital on their own with symptoms of cold and cough which is similar to the coronavirus outbreak,” Dr Minakshi Bharadwaj, medical superintendent of the hospital, said.
Also, a Tardeo resident in Mumbai and a Pune resident are among five in Maharashtra who are in a quarantine ward on suspicion of novel coronavirus (nCoV). In Kerala, over 430 people, most of whom returned from Wuhan province, are under observation. Meanwhile, about 45 Indian medical students at Jianghan University School of Medicine in Wuhan, who are stranded in their hostels, have sought immediate help from Indian authorities. Top sources in Air India said the airline has kept one of its 423-seater jumbo plane ready in Mumbai for the evacuation.
Countries across the world are scrambling to detect and control the virus, as authorities try to evacuate their nationals from China. Health officials in the United States Tuesday said at least 110 people were being evaluated for possible infection in the country, the New York Times reported.
Coronavirus spreads to at least 10 countries as death toll in China rises to 106, with over 4,000 confirmed cases. In India, several people are under observation in Maharashtra, Kerala, Delhi, Kolkata and Punjab. Here are the HIGHLIGHTS.
Coronavirus HIGHLIGHTS: Workers package medical masks in a factory in Nantong in eastern China's Jiangsu Province, Monday. (AP)
Fears over the virus led stocks to fall to the worst day since last October. On Tuesday, Asian shares slipped further; Japan's Nikkei was 0.7 per cent down, Australian shares fell 1.3 per cent and South Korea's Kospi index tumbled 2.6 per cent. On Monday, the BSE Sensex plunged 458 points or 1.10 per cent to 41,155.12. The broader Nifty ended 129.25 points, or 1.06 per cent. lower at 12,119.
As many as 436 people who have returned from China, mainly the Wuhan province, are under observation in Kerala for suspected exposure to the novel coronavirus. Of them, five are in isolation wards and others have been quarantined at home.
A state health department official said 148 persons were put under observation on Monday, taking the total figure to 436. “The number of people under observation can go up in the coming days if the return of Keralites from China continue. So far, no one has tested positive. We had sent six samples to the virology lab in Pune, but all of them tested negative. Tomorrow, we are sending a few more samples,’’ official said.
China's Beijing Public Transport Group Tuesday said it will suspend the majority of bus services into neighbouring Hebei province starting today to contain the spread of coronavirus, according to Reuters.