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Coronavirus: All exams to be postponed for 10 days, says HRD Ministry; cases rise to 151 in India

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) informed the Lok Sabha that 276 Indians have been infected abroad.

By: Express Web Desk | Kochi, Mumbai, New Delhi, Noida | Updated: March 19, 2020 9:42:15 am
Passengers traveling from Delhi to Lucknow on Wednesday wear masks as precautionary measure. (Express photo: Vishal Srivastav)

The Ministry of Human Resource Development Wednesday ordered all educational institutions to postpone all ongoing examinations for 10 days in view of the coronavirus outbreak, following which the CBSE Board deferred all 10th and 12th class exams scheduled between March 19 to 31. The directive applies to the CBSE Board, university examination and JEE (MAIN).

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As COVID-19 cases in the Karnataka rose to 13, the state government enforced a lockdown, shutting down all public places including malls, theatre, schools and colleges. The total number of cases in the country have jumped to 151, a day after the country reported its third death due to the virus, the Health Ministry informed.

Moreover, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) informed the Lok Sabha Wednesday that 276 Indians have been infected abroad including — 255 in Iran, 12 in UAE, five in Italy, and one each in Hong Kong, Kuwait, Sri Lanka and Rwanda.

The global toll has crossed 8,000, with over 200,000 people infected. China continues to lead the pack with 82,000 cases, followed by Italy at 31,506 and Iran at 17,361 cases.

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The coronavirus pandemic has claimed the lives of over 7,500 people across the world, while nearly 200,000 are infected.

23:32 (IST)18 Mar 2020
Telangana has 8 new cases, but info on P-5, everyone before him hard to come by

On Wednesday, Telangana recorded eight new coronavirus patients. However, it is P-5 who has become a cause of worry for the state.
The religious preacher from Indonesia, part of a group of 10, was travelling across Karimnagar for at least three days before he tested positive. While seven others in the group have also since tested positive, it is tracing P-5’s direct and secondary contacts that has become a tedious task. Click here to read more.

23:18 (IST)18 Mar 2020
Italy reports 475 new virus deaths, highest one-day toll of any nation

Italy on Wednesday reported 475 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, the highest one-day official toll of any nation since the first case was detected in China late last year. Total deaths in Italy have reached 2,978, more than half of all the cases recorded outside China, while the number of infections reached 35,713, news agency AFP reported.

23:08 (IST)18 Mar 2020
ICSE, ISC Board examination to go as per schedule: Board Chief

ICSE and ISC Board examination to go as per schedule. "We haven't received any order from the government yet," ICSE Board Chief Gerry Arathoon told The Indian Express.

22:50 (IST)18 Mar 2020
Delhi: Man suspected to be coronavirus patient allegedly jumps off from Safdarjung hospital building

A 35-year-old man identified as Tanvir Singh has allegedly committed suicide by jumping from the seventh floor of the Safdarjung hospital in Delhi. He was suspected to be a coronavirus patient. 

22:39 (IST)18 Mar 2020
Goa puts palm stamp on people arriving at Dabolim airport

After Maharashtra, Karnataka, the Goa government has started to palm stamp passengers arriving at Dabolim airport if they are advised to undergo home quarantine for coronavirus. 

22:34 (IST)18 Mar 2020
UK death toll rises to 104

The United Kingdom has reported new deaths taking the toll to 104, the health authorities said. 

22:30 (IST)18 Mar 2020
COVID-19 is 'enemy against humanity': WHO chief

The World Health Organisation's (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom called the coronavirus 'enemy against humanity'.

"This coronavirus is presenting us with an unprecedented threat," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists in a virtual news conference, stressing that it was "an unprecedented opportunity to come together as one against a common enemy: an enemy against humanity."

22:26 (IST)18 Mar 2020
PM Modi to address nation tomorrow at 8 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on March 19 at 8 PM, during which he will talk about issues relating to COVID-19 and the efforts to combat it.

22:18 (IST)18 Mar 2020
Kashmir reports first COVID-19 case

A man has tested positive for the coronavirus in Kashmir, becoming the first case in the Valley. The patient has had a history of international travel and has been punt under isolation. He arrived on March 16.

The spokesperson of the Jammu and Kasmir administration Rohit Kansal said surveillance has started in 300-meter area and urged people to immediately report with any symptoms.

22:12 (IST)18 Mar 2020
CBSE postpones exams scheduled between March 19 to 31

Moments after the HRD Ministry ordered educational institutions to postpone all ongoing examinations, the CBSE Board followed the directive and deferred exams in India and abroad scheduled from March 19 to 31. New exmaination schedule will be notified by March 31 after "re-assessment of the situation", the CBSE said. 

22:05 (IST)18 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: Section 144 imposed in Noida, Rajasthan

Prohibitory orders under Section 144 has been imposed in Noida till April 15. The Police Commissionerate said no religious, social, cultural, sports and business gatherings will allowed in the district. The same has been applied in Rajasthan.

21:56 (IST)18 Mar 2020
All exams postponed for 10 days: HRD Ministry

The Ministry of Human Resource Development has directed all educational institutions to postpone all ongoing examinations for 10 days. The directive applies to the CBSE Board examination, university examination & JEE (MAIN).

21:50 (IST)18 Mar 2020
GoAir asks not to cancel tickets: Will redeem price on fresh bookings done in next one year

The GoAir airline has announced that those who booked their tickets between March 1 and April 15 this year need not cancel or reschedule right now as they can redeem the ticket price on any fresh booking done in the next one year.

21:34 (IST)18 Mar 2020
Maharashtra assures 39 tourists stranded in Uzbekistan

The Maharashtra government has assured the 39 tourists from the state who are stuck in Uzbekistan that it will take all necessary steps to bring them back. State NCP chief and Water Resources Minister Jayant Patil had a video call with the stranded tourists. “NCP president Sharad Pawar will take up the issue with the Centre. And we will ensure your early return to Maharashtra,” he said. The 39 tourists went to Uzbekistan on March 10. They were to return on March 16. But flights from Uzbekistan have been suspended following the coronavirus outbreak.

21:29 (IST)18 Mar 2020
India doing great job of fighting COVID-19: Trader who returned from Germany

A mango trader from Maharashtra, who recently spent a month in Germany as part of an Indian delegation, has said India seems to be doing a better job of fighting coronavirus than the more developed Germany.

The trader said that while the number of COVID-19 cases went up drastically during his stay there from mid-February to mid-March, no screening was conducted at the Frankfurt airport on his way back, a lapse that can spread the infection. In contrast, Mumbai airport had adequate testing facilities.

"As soon as I reached Mumbai airport, I was screened and counseled about symptoms. When everything was fine, I was allowed to go, but only after accepting home quarantine for 14 days. Helpline numbers were provided in case of any emergency," the trader said.

21:25 (IST)18 Mar 2020
COVID-19 cases rise to 45 in Maharashtra

A 50-year-old person has tested positive for coronavirus in Ratnagiri today. The person has a travel history to Dubai. The total number of positive cases reach 45 in Maharashtra, the state Public Health department said. 

21:22 (IST)18 Mar 2020
Karnataka to put palm stamps on people with international travel history

Following the steps of Maharashtra, the Karnataka government has enforced to put palm stamps on individuals returning from coronavirus-affected countries. The directive is effective from today till April 15. " All International passengers in Karnataka to be stamped since many people under home isolation are not following the quarantine instructions. The state health department will put a stamp on their hand with a seal saying 'Proud to protect Karnataka'. 

21:17 (IST)18 Mar 2020
No airline will bring passengers from UK, Italy, France effective today

As coronavirus cases in India jumped to 151, the aviation sector has been ordered to not fly in any person from virus-infected countries including — Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK — effective 12.00 GMT on March 18. No airline will bring any passenger from the Philippines, Malaysia and Afghanistan from March 17.

21:03 (IST)18 Mar 2020
Mumbai's Marine Drive deserted, cases in Maharashtra rise to 44

A new coronavirus case was reported in Mumbai where a 68-year-old woman was tested positive for COVID-19, taking the number of cases to 44 in Maharashtra. "The woman, who tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday, is a close contact of the US-returned person, who was found infected two days ago," Daksha Shah, deputy director of BMC said.

Deserted Marine drive in Mumbai. (Express photo: Prashant Nadkar)

People buy masks from roadside vendors to protect at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. (Express photo: Prashant Nadkar)

20:42 (IST)18 Mar 2020
Bihar pulls down shutters on malls, gyms till March 31

The Bihar government has ordered shopping malls, gyms, spas and swimming pools across the state to suspend their operations till March 31. The directive has also restricted "all mass gatherings, including family gatherings except marriages" to a "maximum of 50 persons". Further, it has directed "major shops and restaurants" to carry out disinfection twice a day, ensure ample availability of hand sanitizers for visitors and allow "entry only after cleaning of hands".

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The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak first began in late December, said it will require all overseas returnees to the city to be centrally quarantined for 14 days at their own cost from Tuesday.

In South Korea, among the worst-affected countries in the world, reported 84 new coronavirus cases, bringing the country's total infections to 8,320. This marks the third day in a row that the daily increase in new cases was below 100, compared with a Feb. 29 peak of 909.

Meanwhile, cruise ships have been left stranded in the Caribbean, South America and Europe, with local governments denying permission to disembark as more cases of infected passengers have come to light. Two cruise ships have been turned away from several Caribbean ports, and at least one by Spain, after passengers fell ill with COVID-19. Two other vessels have rerouted to Miami after they were turned away from their home port in Puerto Rico even with no reports of infections. Authorities in Chile and Brazil, meanwhile, have also placed smaller ships on quarantine after reports of positive coronavirus tests. The Cruise Lines Association says that about 40 ships and 90,000 passengers were at sea when President Donald Trump announced a travel ban last week that affects the arrival of many foreigners into the US.

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