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Coronavirus: Second evacuation flight to Wuhan leaves from Delhi; toll rises to 259 in China

Coronavirus outbreak: The evacuated Indian nationals underwent medical screening at Delhi's IGI airport following which they were taken to the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Chhawla Camp.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 16, 2020 7:51:57 pm
Officials gear up for the medical screening of the passengers who arrived from Wuhan today at New Delhi’s IGI airport. (Express photo)

Coronavirus outbreak Live Updates: Air India’s special jumbo B747 evacuated 324 Indian nationals from Wuhan in China and landed at New Delhi’s IGI airport today morning. The national carrier has sent another flight to evacuate remaining Indians stuck in China as the neighbouring country continues to deal with the outbreak of novel coronavirus. Read in Malayalam | Bangla

Of the 324 evacuees, 220 are in the Indian Army quarantine facility at Manesar and 104 are in ITBP facility at Chawla Camp. They were first screened at the Delhi IGI’s airport by a team of medical officials.

China has reported 259 people have died and nearly 11,800 are infected due to the new virus. The US has declared a public health emergency and taken drastic steps to significantly restrict entry into the country.

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Coronavirus outbreak Live Updates: Air India flight departs for Wuhan; Death toll rises to 259; WHO declares public emergency. Follow this space for latest news and updates. Read in Malayalam

21:23 (IST)01 Feb 2020
Three people arrested in Kerala for spreading false information on Coronavirus: Health minister

"The cyber cell arrested three people for spreading misinformation on social media about #CoronaVirus. Case will also be filed against those who forwarded these messages. The arrested persons hail from Thrissur," said state health minister KK Shylaja. "The patient with #coronavirus is stable. 69 people who were in contact with this patient have been identified. A total of 1793 people are currently under monitoring," she added.

20:24 (IST)01 Feb 2020
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20:23 (IST)01 Feb 2020
Six Indians in China stopped from boarding special flight to India due to high fever

Six Indians stranded at the coronavirus-hit Wuhan city were stopped from boarding the first special Air India flight to India due to high fever, officials said on Saturday. The first flight left early Saturday with 324 stranded Indians mostly students from Wuhan. Officials here told PTI that six Indians could not board the flight as they were stopped by the Chinese immigration officials after they tested for high temperature. The six students may have to undergo tests to determine whether they have symptoms of the coronavirus. (PTI)

12:47 (IST)01 Feb 2020
Sri Lankan students evacuated from Wuhan to remain under quarantine: officials

At least 33 Sri Lankan students, who were evacuated on Saturday from the coronavirus-hit Wuhan, will remain under quarantine for two weeks, health officials said.

The students arrived on a special SriLankan Airlines flight which landed at the southern Mattala airport on Saturday morning and were taken to the central province military facility at Diyathalawa.

The flight departed for Wuhan on Friday to evacuate the students following discussions between the Sri Lankan and Chinese authorities.

Only one positive coronavirus case has been reported from the country so far. (PTI)

12:03 (IST)01 Feb 2020
Evacuated Indians from China thank team of doctors and officials

Evacuated Indian citizens at ITBP) Chhawla Camp on Saturday.

11:52 (IST)01 Feb 2020
Army Chief Gen Naravane on coronavirus

Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane said on Saturday that the whole nation will have to get together to make sure that the threat coronavirus is contained at the lowest level and that the Army is playing its part in the effort.

When asked about the quarantine facility set up by the Army near Manesar for the 324 Indians being evacuated from China in the wake of novel coronavirus outbreak, Gen Naravane said, "Coronavirus epidemic has achieved global proportions. We are all seized of this major threat which is there for the entire world. To that end whole of the nation has to get together and put in whatever measures required to make sure that this threat and epidemic is contained at the lowest level. And for that we are playing our part."

11:47 (IST)01 Feb 2020


11:43 (IST)01 Feb 2020
UK withdraws some staff from China embassy, consulates due to coronavirus

In a statement, the UK government said, "As of 31 January, some staff and dependants from the British Embassy and Consulates are being withdrawn from China. Essential staff needed to continue critical work will remain. In the event that the situation deteriorates further, the ability of the British Embassy and Consulates to provide assistance to British nationals from within China may be limited." (Reuters)

10:56 (IST)01 Feb 2020
Air NZ suspend China flights due to coronavirus curbs

Air New Zealand said on Saturday they were suspending direct flights from their countries to mainland China in response to travel restrictions imposed in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Air New Zealand said its Auckland to Shanghai service would be paused during the same time as the Qantas flights. (Reuters)

10:29 (IST)01 Feb 2020
Novel coronavirus may cause conjunctivitis: ophthalmologists

People suffering from conjunctivitis, respiratory disorders and those who have travelled abroad, China in particular, or are in touch with the people likewise, could represent cases of 2019-nCoV, an ophthalmologist in Maharashtra said.

In a statement, Dr Vardhaman Kankariya, Secretary of the Maharashtra Ophthalmological Society, has sent an alert to eye specialists in the state about newly published literature in The lancet. 'This specific information about coronavirus has been shared by our parent body American Academy of Ophthalmology,' Dr Kankariya said.

He added that the academy and federal officials recommend protection for the mouth, nose and eyes when caring for patients potentially infected with 2019-nCoV.

09:55 (IST)01 Feb 2020
Second rescue flight to Wuhan will depart at 12:50 pm today

Air India statement: Another flight will depart to Wuhan from Delhi at 12.50 pm today with different set of crew, same doctors team with other aircraft. The rescue team is again head by Capt Amitabh Singh, Director Operation, Air India.The second evacuation flight by Air India to Wuhan will depart today at 12.50pm with different set of crew but same doctors. The rescue team is again being led by Capt Amitabh Singh, Director Operations, Air India. @IndianExpress— Pranav Mukul (@pranavmukul) February 1, 2020

09:39 (IST)01 Feb 2020
Qantas suspends China flights from Feb 9 due to coronavirus

Qantas Airways said it will suspend its two direct flight routes from Australia to mainland China from February 9 in response to travel restrictions imposed by some countries due to the coronavirus crisis.

The Australian national carrier's direct flights from Sydney to Beijing and Sydney to Shanghai will be halted until March 29, it said in a statement published Saturday. (Reuters)

09:26 (IST)01 Feb 2020
211 students among 324 evacuated from Wuhan

Of the 324 Indians flown from Wuhan to Delhi by Air India, three are minors, 211 students and 110 are working professionals.

09:12 (IST)01 Feb 2020
Indians evacuated from Wuhan to quarantine camp

Indians who arrived in the Air India special flight from Wuhan at Delhi Airport today are being taken to the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Chhawla Camp.

08:44 (IST)01 Feb 2020
Facebook fights spread of misinformation about virus online

Facebook says it's working to limit the spread of misinformation and potentially harmful content about the coronavirus as bogus claims about the ongoing outbreak circulate online.

Kang-Xing Jin, Facebook's head of health, announced that the social media platform will begin removing posts that include false claims or conspiracy theories about the virus that have been flagged by health authorities. The company said it will focus on posts that discourage people from getting medical treatment, or that make potentially dangerous claims about cures.

The company will also limit the spread of posts debunked by its third-party fact checkers, and send users who shared the post a notification.


08:16 (IST)01 Feb 2020
Indian passengers from China to undergo medical screening at Delhi airport

Screening will be conducted by a team of doctors at Delhi Airport for all the 324 Indians who have arrived in the Air India special flight from Wuhan today. If necessary, the evacuees will be kept in isolation at facilities of the Army in Manesar and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) near Chhawla.

07:52 (IST)01 Feb 2020
Air India special flight carrying 324 Indians lands in Delhi

Air India’s special jumbo B747 that plane took off from the Wuhan airport in the early hours of Saturday evacuating 324 Indian nationals landed in New Delhi, ANI reported. The national carrier will operate another flight to evacuate remaining Indians stuck in China as the neighbouring country continue to deal with the outbreak of novel coronavirus.

07:08 (IST)01 Feb 2020
Other countries follow US in restricting to-and-fro movement from China

After the US, Japan and Germany also advised against non-essential travel and Britain did as well, except for Hong Kong and Macao. Popular holiday and shopping destination Singapore barred Chinese from travelling there, becoming the first Southeast Asian nation to do so.

06:20 (IST)01 Feb 2020
China virus death toll rises to 259, infections surge

The death toll from China's new coronavirus outbreak has risen to 259 and the tally of confirmed infections has surged to nearly 12,000, news agency AFP reported Saturday. The number of infections in China also rose, by 2,102, bringing the nationwide total to 11,791. 

06:16 (IST)01 Feb 2020
What we know of 2019 Novel coronavirus

A new viral disease that has infected nearly 10,000 people across the world has just been declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. This new strain of coronavirus, which has caused the infection, had by Friday claimed 213 lives in China, where it originated last month. In India, one person, who recently returned from China, has tested positive for the virus, and has been quarantined. Click here to know more.

Coronavirus outbreak LIVE Updates: Death toll touches 170 in China; GoI plans evacuation of Indians Coronavirus outbreak LIVE Updates: People screened in China. (File Photo)

Meanwhile, Border-guarding force ITBP has also prepared a 600-bedded facility in Delhi to quarantine and provide basic medical care to those suspected to have been affected by the new coronavirus. The facility is operational in an Indo-Tibetan Border Police camp in south-West Delhi’s Chhawla area that houses ITBP sector headquarters.

The first positive case of Coronavirus in India has been detected, in Thrissur, Kerala. The patient, a 20-year-old medical student who just came back from Wuhan in China, has been kept in isolation and is stable. Kerala Health Minister K K Shylaja said they were awaiting the result of one more test, gene sequencing, only after which it could be conclusively stated that she was affected with the virus.

The death toll in the outbreak has risen to 259, with the number of confirmed cases exceeding 11,791, China’s health authorities confirmed.

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