Coronavirus Highlights: Kerala on Tuesday confirmed that eight more people have tested positive for COVID-19, while Karnataka and Pune reported three cases each. The Union Health Ministry is yet to confirm these new cases. There has been no deaths in the country due to the novel coronavirus so far.
Until Monday evening, the total number of confirmed cases across India stood at 47, including three in Kerala who were discharged last month. On Monday, eight cases, including a three-year-old boy in Kerala, were reported. The other cases were reported from Jammu, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Pune, Karnataka, and Punjab.
In another development, a total of 58 Indians were brought back home from coronavirus-hit Iran in a military transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Tuesday. The aircraft, a C-17 Globemaster, was sent to Tehran from Hindon airbase near Ghaziabad on Monday evening. It also brought swab samples of 529 Indians to carry out laboratory tests and check whether they carry coronavirus infection.
About 2,000 Indians are living in Iran, a country that has witnessed increasing numbers of coronavirus cases in the last few days.
Meanwhile, the global death toll from the novel coronavirus topped 4,000 and over 1 lakh infections have been reported, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, warning that the threat of a pandemic was “very real.” China’s Xi Jinping also made his first visit to Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus, after the spread of the infection in mainland China has sharply slowed in the past week. Elsewhere, Italy woke up to deserted streets in an unprecedented lockdown today after the government extended quarantine measures across the entire country in a bid to slow Europe’s worst outbreak of the coronavirus.