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Coronavirus Highlights: The number of positive coronavirus cases rose to 114 Monday after fresh cases were reported from Ladakh, Odisha, Jammu and Kashmir and Kerala. Meanwhile, in further travel restrictions, the government prohibited travel of passengers from EU countries, Turkey, UK to India from March 18.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 17, 2020 1:00:34 am
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Coronavirus Highlights: The Ministry of Health in a press conference said that the passengers travelling from European Union countries, European Free Trade Association, Turkey, and UK to India have been prohibited from March 18. The announcement comes on a day when the active coronavirus cases in India rose to 114, with one new case reported from Ladakh, Odisha, Jammu and Kashmir, and Kerala each. It added that the travel restrictions have been further tightened to prevent spread of COVID-19 from high-risk areas. Get your FAQs answered here

In Maharashtra, a three-year-old girl is the first child to test positive for the coronavirus. She contracted it from her father. On the other hand, the Telangana government on Monday said that the passengers arriving in Hyderabad, either Indian or foreigners, from countries like China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, France, Germany, Spain in direct flights or via hubs like Dubai, Abu Dhabi etc, having a travel history to these countries after February 15 will be quarantined for 14 days in view of the rising cases of the novel coronavirus disease.

Meanwhile, Mainland China reported an overall drop in the new coronavirus infections on Sunday with just 16 new cases. So far, the coronavirus has claimed more than 5,800 lives across the world while the total number of cases have exceeded 1,68,000.

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00:26 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Russia bans entry of foreign nationals

Russia will ban the entry of foreign nationals and stateless people from March 18 to May 1 in response to the coronavirus outbreak, the government said on Monday. The ban will not apply to diplomatic representatives, airplane crew members and some other categories of people, it said. Russia has reported 93 cases of the virus so far.

00:24 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Coronavirus cases in Pakistan surges to 183

Pakistan's coronavirus cases surged to 183 on Monday after dozens of new infection were reported in Sindh province. Official said that Sindh had 150 positive cases, followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with 15, Balochistan 10, Gilgit-Baltistan 5, Islamabad 2 and Punjab 1. (PTI)

00:20 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Karnataka reports 2 new COVID-19 cases

Karnataka Monday late night reported two new positive cases of COVID-19. The total number of positive cases reaches 10, including that of a 32-yr-old male Bengaluru techie that was reported earlier on Monday.

23:58 (IST)16 Mar 2020
First case detected in Haryana

A 26-year-old woman, who had recently travelled to Malaysia and Indonesia for a holiday, was tested positive in Haryana today. This is the first case of COVID-19 in the state.

23:35 (IST)16 Mar 2020
Canada closing borders to non-citizens, non-residents

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he will close the country's borders to anyone not a citizen or a permanent resident and asked all Canadians to say home amid the coronavirus pandemic. "All Canadians as much as possible should stay home," Trudeau said outside his residence, where is self-isolating after his wife tested positive for the virus. He also said that his government will restrict flights to Canada to airports in four major cities.

23:33 (IST)16 Mar 2020
Italian daily coronavirus deaths jump 19% to 2,158

The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has risen in the last 24 hours by 349 to 2,158, an increase of 19.3%, news agency Reuters reported Monday. The total number of cases in Italy, the European country hardest hit by the virus, rose to 27,980 from a previous 24,747, up 13%, the slowest rate of increase since the contagion first came to light on Feb. 21.

23:26 (IST)16 Mar 2020
We have a simple message to all countries - test, test, test: WHO

The World Health Organization called on all countries on Monday to ramp up their testing programmes as the best way to slow the advance of the coronavirus pandemic. "We have a simple message to all countries - test, test, test," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press conference in Geneva. Without testing, cases could not be isolated and the chain of infection would not be broken, he added. (Reuters)

22:23 (IST)16 Mar 2020
Passengers travelling by air from Ladakh to be quarantined

Banning public entry in civil secretariat and offices of all the heads of department in Jammu division till March 31, UT government on Monday decided to quarantine all the passengers travelling by air from Ladakh. It also decided that all foreigners visiting the UT shall be quarantined as per the set protocol.

The decision came at a meeing chaired by Chief Secretary B. V. R. Subrahmanyam, to review the Cluster Containment Plan to prevent, contain and manage community transmission of infection in Jammu and Kashmir ``in view of the detection of two confirmed, (possibly three) Coronavirus cases in Jammu and measures put in place by the Health Department’’, an official spokesperson here said. The meeting was attended by all the Administrative Secretaries, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Mission Director, National Health Mission (NHM), Deputy Commissioner, Jammu and Commissioner Jammu Municipal Corporation.

At the meeting, the Cluster Containment strategy and steps required to be taken for its effective implementation were presented by Financial Commissioner, Health, and discussed in detail. It focuses on containing the disease within a defined geographic area through early detection, breaking the chain of transmission, thus preventing its spread to other areas.

The Chief Secretary directed the Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, to ensure that passengers of all incoming flights from Ladakh be 100 per cent quarantined, besides setting up of quarantine facility at Baltal base camp in Sonmarg in Kashmir to quarantine people entering into JK from Ladakh.

As another preventive measure to contain the virus, it was decided that all inter-state buses entering Jammu & Kashmir shall be checked and sanitized at an entry point in Kathua.

21:47 (IST)16 Mar 2020
What is the 'COVID-19 solution challenge' announced by PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday took to Twitter to interact with people on their experiences and preventive measures being taken on coronavirus while launching a “COVID-19 Solution Challenge” to find a “technology-driven” remedy for the pandemic. The winner will get Rs 1 lakh as prize money.

“Many people are highlighting different aspects of how India is combating COVID-19. This is certainly boosting the morale of all those doctors, nurses, municipal workers, airport staff and all other remarkable people at the forefront of fighting COVID-19,” PM Modi tweeted.

Replying to a Twitter user who said he had cancelled all meetings and let his employees work from home, PM Modi said, “A wise call. Avoiding non-essential travel and minimising social outings are welcome steps.” Read more

21:38 (IST)16 Mar 2020
Jammu and Kashmir High Court restricts functioning to urgent matters only

In view of the emerging scenario due to the threat of novel coronavirus, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Monday restricted functioning of its both wings at Jammu and in Srinagar to urgent matters only.

According to a circular, functioning in both the wings of the High Court shall be restricted to urgent matters from March 16-31. The Advocates, litigants and parties in person shall mention their matter(s) by providing number and stage of the matter(s) on daily board, showing the urgency before the concerned Registrar Judicial through e-mail by 3 pm of the previous day and upon satisfaction about the urgency, the Court may hear such matter(s), the circular reads.

In all other listed matters, dates would be given by the Bench Secretaries and dates in such matters shall be communicated through e-Courts platform, it added, asking the Bar Associations and the advocates to ensure entry of litigants in the court shall be restricted to cases where their present is unavoidable and in such cases only one person may be called.

The Bar Associations of both the wings of the High Court shall ensure that there shall be no crowding in the Court complex including the lawyers' chambers, the circular said, adding that they shall also defer all their public functions involving gathering. It also asked the Advocates to advise their clients not to visit the Court unless their presence is directed by the Court or is unavoidable.

21:35 (IST)16 Mar 2020
Here is how the southern states are blocking further spread

The five southern states, which together account for one-fourth of the total Covid-19 cases in the country, are stepping up surveillance and disease mitigation measures in a bid to arrest the spread of the infection into the community. A host of measures taken by the states include a public campaign promoting social distancing and personal hygiene, installing testing centres at state borders, extensive screening of passengers on trains, using popular social media platforms like Telegram to address queries of the public around the viral infection and cracking down on dealers hoarding essential supplies such as masks and hand sanitisers.

As of March 16, Kerala (21) accounted for the second-largest number of active cases in the country excluding the three who recovered. Karnataka has seven active cases and one casualty, Telangana two cases along with a patient who has recovered and one each in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Read more here

21:33 (IST)16 Mar 2020
In self-quaratine after US trip, Bengaluru professional urges other travellers to follow suit

When Tinu Cherian Abraham, a resident of Bengaluru left for New York on February 28, little did he know what coronavirus — then an outbreak mostly limited to China — had in store for him. However, as soon as he landed back in town, the communications and PR personnel at a multinational IT company took the civic responsibility to put himself on home quarantine.

“Even though there was no government advisory then to do so, I did this voluntarily for the safety of my loved ones, friends, colleagues and the community around me. There was a company advisory as well, suggesting employees who have come back from international travel to consider self-quarantine for 14 days,” Abraham told

On his way back to Bengaluru, after cutting short his official trip due to the escalating situation in New York, Abraham spent time in three airports – Los Angeles, USA (boarding point), Frankfurt, Germany (23-hour-transit) and Bengaluru (landing point). Read more

21:22 (IST)16 Mar 2020
Kolkata woman kept under 14 days observation

An elderly woman who had returned to Kolkata with fever after a pilgrimage to Mecca on Sunday, walked out of Beliaghata ID & BG Hospital saying she wanted to get treatment in a private hospital. Thermal scanners at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International airport recorded her body temperature and she was taken to the government hospital for further monitoring. Kolkata police and health officials spent six-hours trying to convince her to return to the isolation unit of the government hospital designated for treating suspected COVID-19 cases. After the woman walked out of the hospital, hospital officials alerted the health department who in turn alerted Beniapukur police station, the area where the woman lives. Her condition is presently stable and she will be kept under observation for 14 days. The health department has advised quarantine at home for her family members who may have come in contact with her.

21:19 (IST)16 Mar 2020
Here is the full list of laboratories for testing COVID-19

As the number of positive coronavirus cases rose to 114 Monday, the government prohibited entry of passengers from EU countries, Turkey and the UK from March 18 till March 31. The Union health ministry also said four new coronavirus cases — one each from Odisha, Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh and Kerala — have been reported.

On March 11, the World Health Organisation officially declared coronavirus a pandemic as it has spread globally and claimed over 5,000 lives, infecting more than 31,000 people. Many states in India have gone into shutdown mode, closing all schools, public parks, malls and theatres, in order to fight the public health emergency.

Here is the full list of 63 testing sites for COVID-19

21:08 (IST)16 Mar 2020
EU chief proposes 30-day ban on nonessential entry into bloc

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wants the European Union to put in place a 30-day ban on people entering the bloc unless their travel is essential, in an effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. On the eve of an EU summit via video-conference, Von der Leyen said Monday that ``I propose to the heads of states and government to introduce temporary restrictions on nonessential travel to the European Union.'' ``The less travel, the more we can contain the virus,'' she said in a video message. Von der Leyen says that people with long-term EU residency or who are family members of European citizens, plus diplomats, doctors and health care workers could be exempted from the ban. Transport workers could also be exempt to help keep goods flowing. (AP)

20:25 (IST)16 Mar 2020
India Inc fears coronavirus to pull down GDP by at leat 50 bps

Corporate India is expecting a 0.5 per cent hit on economic growth in FY2020-21 if the coronavirus pandemic lasts longer, pushing up fiscal deficit and creating more bad loans for the bank, says an industry survey. Care Ratings has conducted a survey on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy among over 150 CEOs, CFOs, investors, analysts and other stakeholders from manufacturing, financial services, infra, realty and services between March 5 and 12. According to the survey, the economic impact will be significant and long term if the virus continues for longer. A vast majority (52 per cent) of those polled say the GDP will come down by around 50 bps, while 22 per cent expected the hit to over 1 per cent in FY21, forcing the RBI to respond by reducing the repo rate by 25-50 bps sooner than later, according to 57 per cent of the respondents. They also fear a widening of the fiscal deficit if the government announces fiscal measures to support the economy with 70 per cent expecting widening of the fiscal deficit to the tune of 0.25 per cent in FY21. (PTI)

20:22 (IST)16 Mar 2020
Three-year-old girl first child to test positive in Maharashtra

In Maharashtra, a three-year-old girl is the first child to test positive for the coronavirus. She contracted it from her father.

20:13 (IST)16 Mar 2020
Centre shuts all ASI-protected monuments

All ASI-protected monuments, central museums across India to be shut till Mar 31 in view of coronavirus: Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel

20:07 (IST)16 Mar 2020
Telangana Police arrest three people for spreading fake news regarding coronavirus

Three people from Telangana were arrested on Monday by the Bhongir Town Police of Rachakonda police commissionerate for spreading fake news of death of a person due to coronavirus. They have been charged under section 54 of NDMA 2005. Another similar case is registered in Chaitanyapuri police station of Rachakonda commissionerate.

20:04 (IST)16 Mar 2020
Retail shops to be closed for the next three days in Pune

The Pune Vyapari Mahasangh - the umbrella body of retail and wholesale traders in the city - have decided to keep all shops in Pune closed for the next three days. Suryakant Pathak, head of the Mahasangh said this was done in view of the spread of the coronavirus(COVID 19) in the city.

"Shops dealing with essential commodities like food grains, milk, eggs and fresh vegetables will obviously be open," he said. Pune has around 1 lakh small and large shops in the retail and wholesale category which sell goods ranging from shoes to clothes. All these shops, Pathak said will be shut for the three days starting Tuesday.

On Monday, the Poona Merchant's Association has clarified that the wholesale shops in the marketyard dealing in food grains, cooking oil, sugar etc will remain functional in view of the government's call for them to remain so. The state government has asked shops and malls to remain close to check the spread of nCOVID 19.

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A day after around over 450 Indians were airlifted from Iran and Italy — countries severely hit by coronavirus outbreak, 53 more evacuees from Iran landed in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan today early morning. All of them have been taken to a quarantine facility in Army Wellness Centre where others who returned on Sunday are also lodged.

The daughter of a 76-year-old man from Kalaburagi in Karnataka, who was the first person to die of coronavirus in India, tested positive for the infection on Sunday. “The result of one female (daughter of P6 of Kalaburagi case) has been received and found positive for Covid-19. She is already admitted to the Kalaburagi district hospital and her health condition is stable," Karnataka health commissioner Pankaj Pandey said in an official statement on Sunday.

Explained: Coronavirus testing in India, elsewhere

Meanwhile, as Maharashtra has now overtaken Kerala (22) with highest number of cases (32), it has been found that more than half of those who tested positive for Covid-19 in Maharashtra have either visited Dubai or remained in close contact with the infected cases, indicating that even countries with a low burden of coronavirus can become a potential threat to visiting citizens from other countries.

Of the 33 Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra, 18 have travel history to Dubai, or history of close contact with them. That is 54.5 per cent of total cases in the state. Most who have tested positive returned from Dubai before March 5.

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