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Coronavirus Highlights: Second death in India; national emergency in US

Coronavirus outbreak Highlights, Coronavirus in India Latest News Updates: The Delhi woman was traced by the health department after her 46-year-old son (Noida employee) was tested positive on Thursday.

By: Express Web Desk Written by Sohini Ghosh | Ahmedabad, New Delhi |
Updated: March 14, 2020 3:49:26 pm
People wear masks while leaving Kasturba Hospital in Mumbai. (Express Photo: Prashant Nadkar)

Coronavirus outbreak Highlights: Coronavirus claimed second life in India Friday as a 68-year-old woman, who was the sixth confirmed case of COVID 19 in Delhi, passed away in Delhi’s RML hospital. Delhi health department has confirmed the death and is awaiting the final report from the hospital. Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump said he is officially declaring a national emergency.

On Thursday, India recorded its first case of coronavirus death after health officials confirming that a 76-year-old man, who died on his way from Hyderabad to his hometown Karnataka’s Kalaburagi, tested positive for the virus. Earlier, three persons, who had tested positive in Kerala, had recovered and were discharged from hospitals.

As the Union Health Ministry put the active number of novel coronavirus cases at 81, several states across the country intensified measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, shutting down schools, theatres and colleges and many public events, including the Indian Premier League (IPL) were postponed.

Addressing a press conference, health officials said an exercise will be undertaken on Saturday to bring back Indian passengers stranded in Iran. “Air India will also send a flight to Milan on Saturday to bring back stranded Indians. It will land on Sunday morning at Delhi airport,” officials said. Italy is the second worst-affected country after China, with the death toll crossing 1,000 yesterday. Click here for the helpline numbers of states and union territories.

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23:53 (IST)13 Mar 2020
Gujarat govt frames new rules for COVID-19

The Gujarat government on Friday notified the framing of Gujarat Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020, which will be in force for a year.
One of the provisions of the new rule is prohibiting the relay of information on coronavirus without the permission of the health department, violation of which will be a punishable offence. The new rule stipulates that all government and private hospitals must have flu corners for the screening of suspected cases. They should also record the travel history of the suspected or confirmed patient, as well as the details of those, came in contact with them at the time of the screening.

22:38 (IST)13 Mar 2020
69-year-old Delhi woman is India’s second casualty

Coronavirus claimed second life in India Friday as a 69-year-old woman, who was the sixth confirmed case of COVID 19 in Delhi, passed away in Delhi’s RML hospital. Delhi health department has confirmed the death and is awaiting the final report from the hospital. She had other symptoms like high blood pressure and diabetes too. The woman was traced by the health department after her 46-year-old son (Noida employee) was tested positive on Thursday.

22:02 (IST)13 Mar 2020
Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal won't take part in any event till March 31

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has decided not to take part in any public programme till March 31. In a statement, he appealed to the people to remain alert and aware and keep themselves safe from the infection. He also tweeted saying that the public should not pay attention to rumours and in case of any doubt or query, please call the Helpline number - 0361-6913347770. Assam has quarantined 741 people who came into contact with the infected US national during his time in Assam. To date, 17 tests have been carried out - all have been negative.

21:59 (IST)13 Mar 2020
COVID-19 claims 5,000 lives across globe: WHO

According to WHO, 5,000 people have lost their lives across the world and more than 1,32,000 people have been affected by COVID-19

21:54 (IST)13 Mar 2020
Precautionary measures put out by WHO

Precautionary measures put out by WHO

1. Cover your mouth & nose with your elbow if you cough or sneeze.

2. Stay home if you’re sick.

3. Avoid unnecessary travel & large social gatherings.

4. Comply with the advice of your local/national health authority.

5. Find & share reliable information

21:50 (IST)13 Mar 2020
In time of coronavirus, this Bengaluru startup relocates to a farm in Tamil Nadu

As more coronavirus cases are being confirmed from different parts of India, a Bengaluru-based startup has shifted its office 480 kilometers away to a farm located in the foothills of the Western Ghats in Tamil Nadu in a bid to keep their employees “safe and away from panic-situations”. The 12-member team of Vumonic Data Labs, which is originally based in HSR Layout in the city, has been working on a farm in Thevaram, a town in Theni district since March 2. Read more...

21:46 (IST)13 Mar 2020
J&K reports one more COVID-19 positive case

With Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir reporting one more coronavirus positive case, the administration on Friday ordered the closure of all shopping malls, gyms, swimming pools and recreational clubs across Jammu district with immediate effect.

21:42 (IST)13 Mar 2020
WHO's advice to governments, businesses and individuals in wake of coronavirus outbreak

WHO's advice to governments, businesses,and individuals

1. Prepare and be ready

2. Detect, protect and treat

3. Reduce COVID19 transmission

4. Innovate and learn

21:39 (IST)13 Mar 2020
Countries must take comprehensive approach to prevent COVID-19

WHO says: "Our message to countries continues to be: you must take a comprehensive approach. Not testing alone. Not contact tracing alone. Not quarantine alone. Not social distancing alone. Do it all."

21:36 (IST)13 Mar 2020
Europe now epicentre of COVID-19 pandemic: WHO

World Health Organisation in a press meeting said, "Europe has now become the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic, with more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China. More cases are now being reported every day than were reported in Flag of China at the height of its epidemic."

21:16 (IST)13 Mar 2020
Trump to declare 'national emergency' in US to speed up virus response

US President Donald Trump has planned to declare a national emergency on Friday amid the coronavirus outbreak, invoking the Stafford Act to facilitate more federal aid for states and municipalities, according to two people familiar with the matter, reports New York Times

"Trump is under increasing pressure to act as governors and mayors nationwide step up actions to mitigate the spread, closing schools and canceling public events. The president said he will hold a news conference at 3 pm in Washington," the NYT report says.

21:09 (IST)13 Mar 2020
Tamil Nadu shuts schools for KG to class V students

As a precautionary measure, Tamil Nadu govt declares holiday for all school students from KG to class V from March 16 till 31. This includes districts like Kanyakumari, Thirunelveli, Theni, Thenkasi, Coimbatore, Thiruppur and Nilgris which are close to Kerala border.

21:02 (IST)13 Mar 2020
People in Mumbai wear masks as they go out on streets

People in Mumbai wear masks as they go out on the streets. (Express Photos: Prashant Nadkar)

20:37 (IST)13 Mar 2020
Coronavirus is at containment stage: Kejriwal

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday that the novel coronavirus outbreak was at the containment stage, adding that the Centre and the Delhi government had been working together to deal with it.
Addressing a one-day session of the Delhi Assembly, the chief minister said his government had been taking every step to check the spread of the pandemic.
"We have closed schools, cinema halls, universities... to contain the spread of coronavirus," Kejriwal told the Assembly. "We have been taking all precautionary measures and people have been supporting us." (PTI)

20:36 (IST)13 Mar 2020
Masks, hand-sanitisers declared essential commodities in India

In a step to curb the spread of coronavirus, masks like N95 and hand-sanitisers have been declared essential commodities in India till June-end, a government order said Friday.

20:02 (IST)13 Mar 2020
Bombay HC asks litigants, advocates in Maharashtra to stay away from court complexes

Registrar General of Bombay High Court issued a notice for precautionary measures in view of COVID19. "All litigants, public and advocates in Maharashtra are informed that they should avoid visiting Court complexes unless necessary."

19:54 (IST)13 Mar 2020
Complete list of all that will be closed in Karnataka

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19:27 (IST)13 Mar 2020
State-wise breakup of coronavirus cases in India

The state-wise breakup of coronavirus cases in India. (Source: Ministry of Health)

19:24 (IST)13 Mar 2020
Punjab closes all govt colleges, universities till March 31

The Punjab Government has also decided to close all the government and private colleges and universities till March 31. The Higher Education Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa said that on the directions of the Chief Minister this decision has been taken keeping in view the threat of coronavirus (COVID-19).

He said that as this virus is spreading all over the world, the CM had issued directions to the higher education department to take precautionary measures to prevent the spreading of coronavirus.

18:48 (IST)13 Mar 2020
Gyms, movie halls, parks, swimming pools to remain closed in Maharashtra

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray invokes the Edpidemic Act 1897 as positive cases rise to 17. Gyms, movie halls, parks, swimming pools, theatres in Maharashtra's Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Pumpri Chinchwad, Pune, Nagpur to remain closed till further orders. Schools in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad to remain closed till further orders except those taking 10th and 12 board exams.

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In a step to curb the spread of coronavirus, masks like N95 and hand-sanitisers have been declared essential commodities in India till June-end, a government order said Friday. Maharashtra ordered closure of cinema halls, swimming pools and gyms in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad and Nagpur from Friday midnight.

The health ministry advised people not to panic, saying the focus is on preventive approach and there are adequate facilities available for testing. The ministry also said that India has evacuated 900 citizens along with 48 belonging to other nationalities like Maldives, Myanmar, Bangladesh, China, US, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa, and Peru. In addition, 83 evacuees from Italy who arrived yesterday have been housed at Manesar facility for quarantine, the ministry added. In an unprecedented move, India decided to suspend all visas, barring select categories, till April 15, effectively closing its borders for a month. It means that no foreign tourists can enter India for over a month now, affecting an already stressed economy.

The first case of a coronavirus death in the country has been reported in Karnataka with health officials confirming that a 76-year-old man, who died on his way from Hyderabad to his hometown Kalaburagi Tuesday, has tested positive for COVID-19 virus.

Officials said the man had returned from a month-long pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia and fallen ill with underlying conditions of asthma and hypertension.

“The 76-year-old man from Kalaburagi, who passed away and was a suspected COVID-19 patient, has been confirmed for COVID-19. The necessary contact tracing, isolation and other measures as per protocol are being carried out. The Telangana government has also been informed since he went to a private hospital there,’’ Karnataka Health Commissioner Pankaj Pandey said Thursday night.

Officials said the symptoms got aggravated on March 9, when he was moved to a private hospital in Kalaburagi, and “provisionally diagnosed” as a suspected COVID-19 case. On the same day, his sample was collected by the Gulbarga Institute of Medical Sciences hospital in Kalaburagi and sent to the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute.

“Without waiting for the test results, the attendees insisted and the patient was discharged against medical advice… the attendees took him to a private hospital in Hyderabad. As per instructions of Deputy Commissioner, Kalaburagi District, the District Health Officer met the attendees to convince them to admit the patient to GIMS, Kalaburagi, in the isolation ward. But the attendees refused to listen to him. They transferred him to Hyderabad without his knowledge,” the Union Health Ministry said in a statement.

“The patient was admitted in a private hospital in Hyderabad and treated. Later he was discharged and while he was being brought back he died on the way to the GIMS, Kalaburagi, on March 10,” the statement said.

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