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Coronavirus outbreak Highlights: New virus has infected more than 14,550 globally

Coronavirus outbreak Highlights: India has suspended e-visa facility for Chinese travellers and foreigners residing in China. Meanwhile, a second confirmed case of coronavirus in India has been reported from Kerala.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 3, 2020 9:18:24 am
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Coronavirus outbreak Highlights: Hours after three patients were admitted to SMS Government Hospital in Jaipur Sunday, PTI reported that they have been tested negative for the novel coronavirus. “All three have tested negative for coronavirus,” Dr DS Meena,” Superintendent of SMS Hospital was quoted as saying. The viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 14,550 people globally.

India on Sunday temporarily suspended e-visa facility for Chinese travellers and foreigners residing in China. “Due to certain current developments, travel to India on e-visas stands temporarily suspended with immediate effect,” the Indian Embassy announced. “This applies to holders of Chinese passports and applicants of other nationalities residing in the People’s Republic of China. Holders of already issued e-visas may note that these are no longer valid,” the announcement said.

Three days after India’s first Coronavirus case reported in Kerala’ Thrissur, a second case has been reported in the state on Sunday. The patient is a student from Wuhan who returned to India on January 24 and has been kept in isolation for monitoring, Union Health Ministry said in a statement. At least 1,793 people are under surveillance at homes across Kerala and 70 have been admitted to isolation wards at hospitals.

The first death reported outside China came from Philippines, news agency AFP reported.

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India's second coronavirus case also from Kerala; second flight with evacuees from Wuhan lands in Delhi; death toll mounts to 304 in China. Follow Highlights here.

22:41 (IST)02 Feb 2020
WATCH | Construction of Wuhan’s Huoshenshan Hospital
21:04 (IST)02 Feb 2020
More Europeans flee China virus as plane heads to France

A second French-chartered plane carrying 300 evacuees from China was flying to France on Sunday as more foreigners fled China's rapidly developing virus. The A380 is expected to land at the military base of Istres in the southern French region of Bouches-du-Rhone. A first plane landed Friday near Marseille.

Officials said none of the passengers on this plane from the central Chinese city of Wuhan had symptoms of coronavirus on leaving China. They include French, Belgians, Dutch, Danes, Czechs, Slovaks and some citizens of African countries. (AP) 

21:00 (IST)02 Feb 2020
Explained: Why is Pakistan insisting on keeping its citizens at coronavirus ground zero?

Several videos have appeared in social media about Pakistani students in Wuhan complaining about the failure of their government to evacuate them from ground zero of the novel coronavirus that has now infected over 14,000 individuals and killed more than 300.

This is happening even as India has flown out two planeloads of its citizens from Wuhan, and countries around the world are increasingly walling off China to contain the spread of the infection. READ MORE

20:59 (IST)02 Feb 2020
As India evacuates from Wuhan, why is Pakistan insisting on keeping its citizens at coronavirus ground zero?

Last week, Dawn quoted a senior aide to Prime Minister Imran Khan as saying: “We believe that right now, it is in the interest of our loved ones in China [to stay there]. It is in the larger interest of the region, world, country that we don’t evacuate them now". Read our Explained here

20:56 (IST)02 Feb 2020
Maldives thanks India for evacuating its seven citizens Wuhan

Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Sunday thanked India for expeditiously evacuating seven Maldivians from Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, saying it was an example of the "outstanding" friendship and camaraderie between the two countries.

India has evacuated 647 Indians and seven Maldivian citizens by special flights from Wuhan city. Air India's jumbo B747 made two flights to Wuhan - the ground zero of the coronavirus epidemic. In the first flight on Saturday, 324 Indians were evacuated and on Sunday another 323 Indians and seven Maldivian citizens were flown back. (PTI) 

20:25 (IST)02 Feb 2020
Pak acquires testing kits from China for coronavirus diagnosis

Pakistan said on Sunday that it had acquired nearly 1,000 coronavirus testing kits from its all-weather ally China to boost the country's capability of diagnosing the disease which has claimed over 300 lives. Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Zafar Mirza took to Twitter to share the development in the wake of concerns that Pakistan lacked capacity to test the deadly virus.

"We have now capability of diagnosing coronarivus in Pakistan. I want to applaud our NIH (National Institute of Health) leadership and team for their hard work in securing the reagent for diagnosing," Mirza tweeted

20:13 (IST)02 Feb 2020
Plane repatriating 250 Europeans from China's Wuhan lands in France

A plane repatriating 250 French and European nationals from China's Wuhan, centre of an outbreak of a new coronavirus, landed at a military airbase in Istres, southern France, on Sunday. Many countries are working with China to repatriate citizens from Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei province.

About 65 French nationals will be quarantined either at a holiday resort at Carry-Le-Rouet, in the south of France, or at a firefighters' training centre near Aix-en-Provence, Secretary of State for Child Protection Adrien Taquet told reporters. (REUTERS)

19:54 (IST)02 Feb 2020
Assam govt assures people of no coronavirus infection in state

The Assam government on Sunday allayed the fears of people, following media reports, of a person admitted to a hospital here with coronavirus infection. Assam Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Pijush Hazarika said the person, who recently came from Kerala, was admitted to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital for suspected coronavirus infection. "He was kept in isolation ward and given treatment. He is still in hospital and we are closely monitoring the situation," Hazarika said. (PTI) 

19:48 (IST)02 Feb 2020
Pakistan acquires testing kits from China for coronavirus diagnosis

Pakistan said on Sunday that it had acquired nearly 1,000 coronavirus testing kits from its all-weather ally China to boost the country's capability of diagnosing the disease which has claimed over 300 lives. Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Zafar Mirza took to Twitter to share the development in the wake of concerns that Pakistan lacked capacity to test the deadly virus.

"We have now capability of diagnosing coronarivus in Pakistan. I want to applaud our NIH (National Institute of Health) leadership and team for their hard work in securing the reagent for diagnosing," Mirza tweeted. At least 1,000 testing kits arrived from China, boosting Pakistan's efforts to tackle the disease, the health officials said, adding that no Pakistani national has contracted the virus. (PTI) 

19:46 (IST)02 Feb 2020
Three test negative for coronavirus in Jaipur

Three persons who were admitted to a hospital here have tested negative for the novel coronavirus, officials said on Sunday. They were admitted to the hospital on Saturday and were kept under observation. 'All three have tested negative for coronavirus,' Dr DS Meena,' Superintendent of SMS Hospital said on Sunday. (PTI)

17:50 (IST)02 Feb 2020
Iraq bans entry of foreigners coming from China

Iraq has banned the entry of all foreigners coming from China over fears about the coronavirus outbreak, the interior ministry said on Sunday. China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) is a top investor in Iraqi oil while the Chinese state-run CNOOC Ltd works at the Maysan oilfield in southeast Iraq.

17:05 (IST)02 Feb 2020
China intensifies efforts to combat coronavirus as death toll rises to 305

China on Sunday resorted to more drastic measures like isolating coronavirus patients to designated areas and restricting the movement of residents in regions hit by the rapid spreading virus that has killed 305 people and infected over 14,000 others. The Philippines on Sunday reported the first death outside China from the deadly virus that has spread to 25 countries, including India, taking the total toll to 305.

The victim, a 44-year-old Chinese man, was the companion of a 38-year-old Chinese woman who arrived in the Philippines on January 21 from Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus outbreak.

16:10 (IST)02 Feb 2020
Coronavirus: 3 persons with symptoms admitted to hospital in Jaipur

Three persons suspected to have symptoms of coronavirus were admitted to SMS Government Hospital here, an official said on Sunday. “They were admitted to the hospital on Saturday. Their blood samples have been collected and the report is expected to come by Sunday evening,” Dr D S Meena, Superintendent of SMS hospital said.He added that the patients have been kept in isolation. Meanwhile, arrangements have been made in ESIC Medical College of Alwar for keeping nearly 300 Indians airlifted from Wuhan city of China where the international virus outbreak began. The batch of passengers are likely to reach Alwar on Sunday evening for quarantine.

16:00 (IST)02 Feb 2020
‘#NeighbourhoodFirst’, tweets Jaishankar as India evacuates seven Maldivians from coronavirus-hit Wuhan

Seven Maldivians were flown down to India from coronavirus-hit Wuhan in China along with 323 Indians in an Air India flight that landed at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi international airport on Sunday morning.

Taking to Twitter, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said, “7 Maldivians brought back with 323 Indians from Wuhan on the second @airindiain flight today. #NeighbourhoodFirst at work again.” Air India has done such evacuations earlier also from countries such as Libya, Iraq, Yemen, Kuwait and Nepal.

15:01 (IST)02 Feb 2020
India temporarily suspends e-visa facility for Chinese and foreigners residing in China

India on Sunday temporarily suspended e-visa facility for Chinese travellers and foreigners residing in China in view of the virulent coronavirus that has killed more than 300 people, infected 14,562 others and spread to 25 countries, including India, the US and the UK.“Due to certain current developments, travel to India on e-visas stands temporarily suspended with immediate effect," the Indian Embassy announced here.“

This applies to holders of Chinese passports and applicants of other nationalities residing in the People's Republic of China. Holders of already issued e-visas may note that these are no longer valid," the announcement said.“All those who have a compelling reason to visit India may contact the Embassy of India in Beijing or the Indian consulates in Shanghai or Guangzhou, as well as the Indian Visa Application Centres in these cities," it said. (PTI)

14:18 (IST)02 Feb 2020
Fake news claiming 19 tested positive for Coronavirus goes viral in Bengaluru, officials deny rumours

Karnataka government officials Sunday dismissed claims that 19 people in Bengaluru's Wilson Garden area tested posivite for Coronavirus, after people began to widely share a fake news report on social media groups including WhatsApp. “Today's breaking news now...19 ppl r affected with CORONA VIRUS only in WILSON GARDEN Surrounding areas ...pls friends kindly update it to family and friends too.....all of us take care.....” a message that has been shared widely on social media, especially on WhatsApp, reads. 

13:09 (IST)02 Feb 2020
Japan confirms three more citizens evacuated from Wuhan test positive for coronavirus

Japan confirmed an additional three cases of the new coronavirus among evacuees from the Chinese city of Wuhan, including one who initially tested negative, the health ministry said on Saturday, bringing the country's total to 20 cases, reported Reuters.One of the three, a man in his 40s who had symptoms such as fever and coughing, first tested negative for coronavirus, the ministry said. But the man, who was initially diagnosed with pneumonia, later confirmed positive for the virus with an additional test, it said.

12:03 (IST)02 Feb 2020
Informed telephonically about possible second positive case, yet to receive test report: Kerala health minister

Shailaja said: "We have been informed telephonically by NIV Pune that there is a possibility of another positive case. But since there is a possibility we have to be extremely vigilant. We are yet to receive the results. The suspected case is of a student of Wuhan university."

12:00 (IST)02 Feb 2020
Patients need not be shifted to Delhi: Kerala health minister

As the second case of coronavirus surfaced in Kerala, the state health minister K K Shailaja addressed a press conference and said,  "The patient is stable and doing fine. The patients do not need to be shifted to Delhi. We have the best isolation facilities in Kerala."

11:57 (IST)02 Feb 2020
Welcome to The Indian Express LIVE blog.

Welcome to The Indian Express LIVE blog. Stay tuned for latest updates on coronavirus outbreak, and how India is dealing with it.

After the first batch of Indians from Wuhan reached New Delhi on Saturday, half of them were taken to the 300-bed isolation centre set up by the Indian Army at Manesar, while the remaining were taken to a quarantine facility in Chhawla Camp on Saturday.

Crew in the flights to Wuhan will be isolated for a week in their respective homes, provided they show no symptoms. In the flight, they have been instructed to ensure minimum contact with passengers and use personal protective gear.

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