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Coronavirus outbreak Highlights: Over 29,000 people under observation as on March 5, says health minister

Coronavirus (COVID 19): The Centre, meanwhile, said it was fully prepared to bring back the Indians stranded in Tehran and Qom on special Air India flights. After China, Iran is one of the worst affected countries in terms of positive coronavirus cases.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 7, 2020 8:49:17 am
Coronavirus India updates March 6: Cases jump from 6 to 31 within a week, as govt prepares evacuate Indians from Iran People with symptoms queue outside a Novel Coronavirus facilitation centre at the RML hospital in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

 As the total number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in India climbed to 31 Friday, the Indian Army decided to build quarantine facilities for 1,500 personnel across the country as part of the overall effort by the government to curb the virus. Tentative locations so far include Jaisalmer, Suratgarh, Secundrabad, Chennai and Kolkata. Taking precautionary measures, the Lok Sabha issued an advisory directing members of the Parliament to follow respiratory hygiene.

A man from New Delhi with a travel history to Thailand and Malaysia tested positive, earlier in the day. The Centre, meanwhile, said it was fully prepared to bring back the Indians stranded in Tehran and Qom on special Air India flights. After China, Iran is one of the worst affected countries in terms of positive coronavirus cases.

Coronavirus, which first broke out in China’s Wuhan province, has now reached 80 countries and claimed over 3,000 lives across the globe. On Thursday, President Donald Trump said the US economy might take a hit from the outbreak but predicted the challenge would eventually pass and defended his handling of the crisis. Asked if the coronavirus outbreak hurt the economy, he said: “It certainly might have an impact. At the same time, I have to say people are now staying in the United States spending their money in the US, and I like that.” “It’s going to all work out. Everybody has to be calm,” he said. “We have plans for every single possibility and I think that’s what we have to do. We hope it doesn’t last too long.”

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17:25 (IST)06 Mar 2020
7 family members of Delhi man who tested positive for coronavirus home quarantined

Seven family members of a man who tested positive for coronavirus after his visit to Thailand have been quarantined at their residence in west Delhi, PTI quoted a health official as saying.

"The family of the patient comprising his wife, parents, brother, sister-in-law and their two kids has been home quarantined. Their samples have been taken for testing," the Delhi government health official said. "The patient, his wife, brother and sister-in-law worked from home," the official said. 

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17 new deaths in Iran, toll rises to 124

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People stand in a queue for homeopathy medicine said to help prevent COVID-19, at a government hospital in Hyderabad. (AP photo: Mahesh Kumar A.)

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On Thursday, the government announced additional restrictions. “In addition to visa restrictions already in place, passengers travelling from/ having visited Italy or Republic of Korea and desirous of entering India will need certificate of having tested negative for COVID-19 from the designated laboratories authorised by the health authorities of these countries. This will be enforced from 0000 Hrs of 10th March, 2020 and is a temporary measure till cases of COVID-19 subside.”

This comes a day after the government announced that all passengers arriving in India would have to undergo thermal screening at international airports and sea-ports. India has already suspended all regular/e-visas issued to nationals of China, South Korea, Italy, Iran and Japan. Two Indians with travel history to Italy and 16 Italian tourists are among the 30 confirmed cases in the country so far.

Following the outbreak, the India-EU summit, which was slated to be held in Brussels on March 13, will now be rescheduled. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was to travel for the summit.

In a suo motu statement in Parliament, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said: “Another major area of concern is Indian pilgrims and students stranded in Tehran and Qom, Iran, epicentres of the Iran Covid-19 outbreak. Government of India is following up with Iran authorities for their well-being and to tie up evacuation as per need.”

Meanwhile, the Indian poultry industry is facing an estimated losses of $1 billion. Since early-January, farmgate prices of broiler birds in Maharashtra have crashed from over Rs 80 per kg to Rs 30-32 levels, driven purely by fears over poultry meat consumption posing the risk of contracting COVID-19 infection.

This, despite the Union Animal Husbandry Commissioner Praveen Malik clarifying, in a communication dated February 10, that poultry products have “not been found to be involved in transmission of 2019-nCov (novel coronavirus) to humans so far in any report globally”. He added that past outbreaks of coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in 2002-03 and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in 2012-13) or corona-associated common colds “had no involvement of poultry or poultry products world over”.

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