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Coronavirus Outbreak: Chinese wrestlers not to compete in Asian Championships in Delhi

Coronavirus Outbreak: Two Indian nationals on a cruise ship off Japan have tested positive for the coronavirus, COVID-19, and are in hospital for treatment and quarantine, the Indian Embassy said Sunday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 17, 2020 10:37:31 pm
cornavirus outbreak china, coronavirus outbreak death toll, coronavirus outbreak indians, indians in japan ship, coronavirus hits indians in japan cruise ship, indian express Medical workers provide treatment to a new coronavirus patient at a hospital in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province.  (Photo: AP)

Coronavirus Outbreak: A month after they were evacuated from coronavirus-hit Wuhan, a batch of about 200 people, who were among over 400 quarantined at an ITBP facility in Delhi were discharged on Monday.

The centre housed a total of 406 people, including seven Maldivians. “After the final coronavirus test reports of all 406 people living at our facility were found negative, the first batch was discharged today. “We expect about 200 people will leave by tonight. The rest will be sent on Tuesday and in the subsequent days as per the travel plans of the inmates,” ITBP spokesperson Vivek Kumar Pandey was quoted as saying by PTI.

Meanwhile, two Indian nationals on a cruise ship off Japan have tested positive for the coronavirus, COVID-19, and are in hospital for treatment and quarantine, the Indian Embassy said. Last week, three other Indians on the ship Diamond Princess had tested positive for the virus.

The impact of the virus is such that, now, Chinese wrestlers will not compete in the Asian Championships beginning in Delhi on Tuesday as they have not been granted visas by the government due to the outbreak, a national federation official said today.

The Chinese authorities on Monday reported 105 more deaths in Coronavirus cases taking the death toll to 1,770, while 10,844 people have recovered from COVID-19. The update came after China’s official media published the speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping in which he indicated that he had led the response to the outbreak from early in the crisis. While the reports were an apparent attempt to show that the Communist Party leadership acted decisively from the start, it also drew criticism over why an alert was not issued to the public sooner.

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16:45 (IST)17 Feb 2020
Coronavirus impact: Chinese wrestlers not to compete in Asian Championships in Delhi

Such is an impact, that now, Chinese wrestlers will not be taking part in the Asian Championships beginning in New Delhi on Tuesday as they have not been granted visas by the government due to the novel coronavirus outbreak in China's Wuhan, a national federation official said on Monday.  Wrestling Federation of India assistant secretary Vinod Tomar told PTI that the government has denied visas to the 40-strong Chinese contingent. "We have got to know that the government has not granted visas to the Chinese contingent and so they are not taking part in the Championships," Tomar said. "The world is grappling with the issue of coronavirus and so health of the athletes is the primary concern now. It is understandable why the government has not given visas to them," he added.

16:33 (IST)17 Feb 2020
India to send medical supplies to aid China, bring back Indians from Wuhan

The Indian Embassy on Monday said India will send a consignment of medical supplies on board a relief flight to China's Wuhan city later this week to aid and assist China in its efforts against the COVID-19 epidemic. The flight will also bring back Indians as well as citizens from all neighbouring countries who are still stuck there, the Indian Embassy said on Monday. However, Indian Ambassador to China Vikram Misri said that subject to capacity, the special flight to Wuhan can take nationals from "all our neighbouring countries", besides Indians.

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“The monetary policy space is shrinking and the reliance on fiscal measures as well as on structural reforms to boost growth ought to be stronger,” IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said Sunday in a Bloomberg Television interview in Dubai. What’s missing is “a more aggressive swing in structural reforms.” Read more...

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The survey polled 109 companies with manufacturing operations in Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing and the wider Yangtze River Delta. (Reuters)

14:06 (IST)17 Feb 2020
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14:04 (IST)17 Feb 2020
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The Japanese cruise ship Diamond Princess, docked off the coast of Yokohama, has 3,711 people on board — 132 crew members and six passengers are Indian nationals. Sources said the ship reached Yokohama on February 3 after visiting Hong Kong and Okinawa.

The ship was placed under quarantine after one passenger who had disembarked at Hong Kong on January 25 was found to be infected with the virus on February 1. The quarantine is expected to be in place till February 19.

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