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Coronavirus outbreak highlight: Karnataka places border districts under surveillance

Coronavirus outbreak: Belgium reported its first case of coronavirus in a person who was repatriated from Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak which has claimed over 425 lives and infected more than 20,000 people across the world.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhii | Updated: February 7, 2020 7:39:55 am
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Coronavirus outbreak: Malaysian health authorities on Tuesday confirmed the first citizen to be infected with the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 10. Belgium also reported its first case of coronavirus in a person who was repatriated from Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak which has claimed over 425 lives and infected more than 20,000 people across the world. The total number of people infected with the virus in Singapore rose to 24, with the country confirming its first local transmission of the virus.

India has cancelled all visas from China on Tuesday. Hong Kong and the Philippines reported one death each — the only deaths outside mainland China. Macau, meanwhile, has suspended casino operations for two weeks to curb the spread of the virus. Macau is the world’s largest gambling hub. Hyundai Motor plans to gradually suspend its South Korean factories starting on Tuesday.

The World Health Organisation (WHO), meanwhile, said that the coronavirus outbreak, which has spread from China to at least two dozen countries, does not constitute a “pandemic” yet, reported AFP.

In India, three confirmed cases have been reported from Kerala. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan declared the outbreak as a state disaster and the Centre has set up a Group of Ministers (GoM) to monitor measures taken across the country to prevent the further spread of the virus. The novel coronavirus infection that first broke out in Wuhan, China, has spread to 25 countries so far.

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Death toll mounts to 425; new hospital in Wuhan to treat Coronavirus as experts claim it may turn into a pandemic. Read highlights on Coronavirus from India and around the world:


    22:36 (IST)04 Feb 2020
    Karnataka places border districts under coronavirus surveillance

    The Karnataka government placed border districts of Dakshin Kannada, Kodagu, Chamarajnagar and Mysuru under novel coronavirus surveillance. The Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, State Surveillance Unit, said in a bulletin on Tuesday that 81 travelers from coronavirus-affected countries have been identified and 58 of them were under home isolation. Till date, 69 samples have been sent for testing and the results of 44 of them are negative, the bulletin added.

    21:38 (IST)04 Feb 2020
    Rajasthan: Three suspected coronavirus patients admitted to Jaipur hospital

    Three people suspected to have been infected with coronavirus were admitted to Jaipur's SMS Hospital on Tuesday.

    21:28 (IST)04 Feb 2020
    Punjab: 22 persons kept under observation test negative for coronavirus

    Twenty-two people who were under observation in Punjab for coronavirus-like symptoms have tested negative, state Health Minister Balbir Sidhu said on Tuesday.

    21:02 (IST)04 Feb 2020
    How coronavirus outbreak differs from the 2003 SARS epidemic

    The death toll resulting from the coronavirus (nCoV-2019) outbreak in China has crossed that of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic between 2002-2003, with over 425 deaths and more than 17,000 cases in the country alone.When SARS broke out, China was criticised for not being transparent about the situation. It is believed that the authorities did not disclose valid information about the epidemic for over four months after it started to spread. This time, however, China has admitted “shortcomings and difficulties” in their response to the outbreak and said that it urgently requires medical equipment and surgical masks. Even so, some officials in Wuhan have been criticised for withholding information about the outbreak until the end of last year. Read here 

    20:45 (IST)04 Feb 2020
    Karnataka: Hubli man shifted to isolation ward, screening begins at Karnataka border checkposts

    A 39-year-old man who returned recently from China has been quarantined in Karnataka’s Hubli on suspicion of coronavirus infection.The man has been admitted to the Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) in the district. According to KIMS doctors, the patient has recently returned from China and complained of fever, cough, body pain and breathing problems. He has been kept in the isolation ward of the hospital. Read more 

    20:41 (IST)04 Feb 2020
    UK urges citizens in China to leave as Belgium reports first case of coronavirus

    With Belgium confirming its first case of the novel coronavirus, Britain on Tuesday urged all of its citizens in China to leave because of the virus outbreak. The UK Foreign Office said in an updated travel advisory that commercial airline options remain available throughout China, with the exception of Hubei province. The British government said it will still try to evacuate British citizens from Hubei, where around 50 million people are currently under lockdown.

    20:15 (IST)04 Feb 2020
    Maharashtra: 11,093 screened in state, health minister says no need to panic

    The Maharashtra government has taken sufficient precautions to monitor air passengers arriving in Mumbai from coronavirus-hit China and no confirmed case was reported till date, Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Tuesday. He also said that there was no need to panic in the wake of the virus outbreak and proper precautions were being taken.

    19:30 (IST)04 Feb 2020
    Why Kerala could have a lesson on how to contain coronavirus

    Three medical students who had returned together from the outbreak epicentre of Wuhan in Hubei province in China, and who later tested positive for novel coronavirus, are being treated within the highly-equipped isolation wards at government hospitals in Kasaragod, Thrissur and Alappuzha districts. A prime feature of the Kerala government’s response to calamities like the back-to-back floods or the Nipah crisis in 2018 that claimed 18 lives has been its transparency and openness. The tradition continues during the coronavirus outbreak as well. Read more here

    19:15 (IST)04 Feb 2020
    Odisha: No case of coronavirus in state so far, 2 hospitalised

    Odisha government Tuesday said it has identified 14 people who returned from China and Thailand amid an outbreak of the novel coronavirus but none have tested positive for it. Two medical students who returned from China have been admitted to SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack for fear that they may be infected.

    18:42 (IST)04 Feb 2020
    Aerobridges to be used to screen passengers for coronavirus

    The Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday that aerobridges will be used at dedicated gates of seven international airports in the country, including, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Cochin, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Chennai to screen passengers from China, Singapore, Thailand, and Hong Kong for the novel coronavirus to ensure effective prevention.

    18:26 (IST)04 Feb 2020
    IndiGo suspends flights from Kolkata to Guangzhou

    IndiGo on Tuesday said it will suspend all flights between Kolkata and Guangzhou, officials said. "In line with WHO guideline to contain the spread of coronavirus, IndiGo will be suspending its Kolkata-Guangzhou service from February 6, 2020, to February 25, 2020, and Guangzhou-Kolkata from February 7 till February 26," the airline said in a statement. (PTI)

    17:50 (IST)04 Feb 2020
    Coronavirus outbreak does not constitute "pandemic" yet: WHO

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) Tuesday said that the coronavirus outbreak, which has spread from China to at least two dozen countries, does not constitute a "pandemic" yet, reported AFP.

    17:42 (IST)04 Feb 2020
    Indonesia to stop livestock imports from China amid coronavirus outbreak

    Indonesia said its plan to temporarily stop some imports from China amid the coronavirus outbreak would only apply to shipments of live animals, and not all food and beverage products, a senior minister said. The Indonesian trade minister said on Monday that the country will suspend food and beverage imports from China as a precaution to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

    16:36 (IST)04 Feb 2020
    Indian representatives of Chinese companies to man exhibit areas at Auto Expo amid coronavirus outbreak

    Industry body Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) on Tuesday said all Chinese companies participating at India's flagship automobile show Auto Expo have confirmed that their exhibit area would be manned by their Indian employees amid the coronavirus outbreak.

    16:03 (IST)04 Feb 2020
    Singapore reports first local transmissions or coronavirus

    Singapore on Tuesday announced the first local transmissions of coronavirus, reported AFP. The Health Ministry said six more cases have been reported, taking the total number of cases to 24.

    15:53 (IST)04 Feb 2020
    Punjab: Police steps in to get man suspected of having coronavirus admitted to hospital

    The district authorities in Punjab's Faridkot had to seek the help of local police to get a 38-year-old man with coronavirus-like symptoms admitted to the isolation ward of a government hospital, officials said on Tuesday. The man returned from Canada via China and had a 9 hours stopover at Shanghai airport.

    15:11 (IST)04 Feb 2020
    Thailand confirms six more cases of coronavirus

    Thailand Tuesday confirmed six new cases of the new coronavirus, with four of them being Thai nationals and two Chinese, the health ministry said.

    15:06 (IST)04 Feb 2020
    Belgium confirms first case of coronavirus

    Belgium on Tuesday reported its first case of a new virus in a person who was repatriated from Wuhan over the weekend.

    14:17 (IST)04 Feb 2020
    Japan quarantines 3,700 on cruise ship over new coronavirus

    Japanese officials began screening more than 3,700 passengers and crew on a cruise ship quarantined off the port of Yokohama near Tokyo on Tuesday after a Hong Kong man who sailed on the vessel last month tested positive for coronavirus.

    The 80-year-old man flew to Japan and boarded the ship, the Diamond Princess, run by Carnival Japan Inc, in Yokohama on Jan. 20 and disembarked in Hong Kong on Jan. 25, the company said. Japan was also preparing to expand the scope of its screening for the virus, and test criteria after initial tests failed to detect the virus in some people who were later found to be infected, Health Minister Katsunobu Kato told reporters.

    14:16 (IST)04 Feb 2020
    China to allow in US health workers to fight coronavirus

    China has agreed to allow U.S. health experts into the country as part of a World Health Organization (WHO) effort to help fight the fast-spreading coronavirus, as the number of cases and deaths continued to mount.

    13:08 (IST)04 Feb 2020
    Existing visas from China no more valid, says India

    Amid the outbreak of coronavirus in China, India has cancelled all visas from the country. "It is clarified that existing visas are no longer valid. Intending visitors may contact Embassy in Beijing ( or the Consulates in Shanghai ( and Guangzhou ( to apply afresh for an Indian visa," the Indian embassy in Beijing tweeted.

    "All those who are already in India (with regular or e-visa) and had traveled from China after January 15 are requested to contact the hotline number of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Government of India (+91-11-23978046 and email:," the embassy tweeted.

    12:37 (IST)04 Feb 2020
    Malaysia confirms first citizen infected with virus, total cases now 10

    Malaysian health authorities on Tuesday confirmed the first citizen to be infected with the new coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 10. They said the 41-year-old Malaysian had travelled to Singapore for a meeting last month with colleagues from China - including one from Wuhan, the epicentre of the epidemic. But he only showed symptoms on Jan. 29, nearly a week after he returned to Malaysia.

    22:07 (IST)03 Feb 2020
    Pakistani students in Wuhan ask government to follow India's example to evacuate them

    Hundreds of stranded Pakistani students in Wuhan made desperate pleas to the Imran Khan government to evacuate them from China's Hubei province, asking them to follow India's example.

    21:07 (IST)03 Feb 2020
    Kerala declares coronavirus outbreak as state disaster

    With three people testing positive for the novel coronavirus in Kerala,  Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday declared the coronavirus outbreak as a state disaster. Read more here

    21:03 (IST)03 Feb 2020
    Kerala: Two hospitalised with symptoms of cold in Kottayam

    Two people with symptoms of cough and cold were admitted to the isolation ward of the Government Medical College Hospital in Kottayam on Monday. Both returned from China two weeks ago.

    20:45 (IST)03 Feb 2020
    After confirmed coronavirus cases in Kerala, 4 Karnataka border districts on high alert

    The Karnataka health and family welfare department has put four border districts — Mangaluru, Kodagu, Chamarajanagar and Mysuru — on high alert, after confirmed cases of coronavirus were reported in neighbouring Kerala. Read here

    20:23 (IST)03 Feb 2020
    No coronavirus cases in Tamil Nadu

    As many as 10 people including eight Chinese who arrived in Chennai from the novel Coronavirus-hit China were under observation at a government hospital but none showed any symptoms of the deadly virus, the Tamil Nadu government said on Monday.

    19:18 (IST)03 Feb 2020
    Five showing symptoms of cough and cold moved from Manesar quarantine facility to Delhi Cantt Base Hospital

    Of the Indian students who were evacuated from Wuhan on Saturday, five individuals showing symptoms of cough and cold were moved from the quarantine facility in Manesar to the Base Hospital in Delhi Cantonment on Monday, for better observation and treatment. One out of five samples sent for tests to AIIMS has tested negative for coronavirus. Results of the remaining four samples sent today are awaited. Read more here

    18:38 (IST)03 Feb 2020
    Widespread travel bans not needed to beat China virus: WHO chief

    World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday said there was no need for measures that "unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade" in trying to halt the spread of coronavirus.

    18:25 (IST)03 Feb 2020
    Brazil draws up plan to evacuate nationals from China's Hubei province

    Brazil's government is drawing up a plan to evacuate Brazilian nationals from China's Hubei province, President Jair Bolsonaro said in a statement on Sunday.

    18:16 (IST)03 Feb 2020
    Madhya Pradesh: Two students who returned from Wuhan test negative for coronavirus

    Two Indian students undergoing treatment at an MP hospital have tested negative for coronavirus. The students were admitted to a government-run hospital on their return from China.

    18:08 (IST)03 Feb 2020
    Tamil Nadu hospitals, border areas being monitored for coronavirus: O Panneerselvam

    Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Monday said hospitals and border areas were being closely monitored to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the state.

    17:23 (IST)03 Feb 2020
    China accuses US of spreading global 'panic' over coronavirus

    China on Monday accused the United States of spreading "panic" through its actions like travel bans and evacuation fo diplomats and said there was no "substantial help" from Washington to contain the virus that has killed 361 people and infected 17,205 others in China.

    16:29 (IST)03 Feb 2020
    Medical student who returned from China admitted to Odisha hospital for suspected coronavirus

    In a second case of suspected coronavirus in Odisha, a woman pursuing medical studies in China has been admitted to a government hospital in Cuttack. The woman had traveled to Odisha, along with her husband, from Wuhan on January 19. (PTI)

    16:15 (IST)03 Feb 2020
    Pakistanis start arriving home from China

    Some of the Pakistani nationals stranded in coronavirus-hit China began arriving home on Monday as Islamabad allowed two Chinese flights to land there, a day after it received special medical kits from Beijing to detect cases of the deadly virus. Pakistan had suspended flights from China on January 31 till February 2, a day after the World Health Organisation declared the coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency. (PTI)

    16:07 (IST)03 Feb 2020
    Maldives bans travellers from China over virus fears, says minister

    As a precautionary measure to combat the spread of coronavirus, Maldives banned travellers arriving from China as a precautionary, the tourism minister of the Indian Ocean Islands said on Monday.

    15:53 (IST)03 Feb 2020
    West Bengal government provides thermal scanners to Kolkata airport

    The West Bengal government has provided two thermal scanners to the Netaji Subash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata to help the authorities conduct surveillance on passengers to contain attack of coronavirus, a senior official said on Monday. Eight passengers who had travelled in the same flight as that of a coronavirus-affected Kerala resident, had landed at the city airport on January 23. (PTI)

    15:46 (IST)03 Feb 2020
    Companies feel impact of coronavirus outbreak in China

    Companies around the world have warned that the outbreak of coronavirus in China could disrupt supply chains or hurt bottom lines as factories and shops shut and airlines suspend flights. Read more

    15:38 (IST)03 Feb 2020
    Iran oil minister says coronavirus impacted oil demand

    Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh on Monday said that the spread of China's new coronavirus had hit oil demand and called for an effort to stabilise oil prices, Iran's official news agency IRNA reported.

    15:12 (IST)03 Feb 2020
    Bangladesh halts visa-on-arrival for Chinese nationals

    Bangladesh has temporarily suspended its visa-on-arrival services for Chinese nationals and asked the authorities not to recruit them for ongoing projects after the coronavirus outbreak. 

    At least 1,793 people are under surveillance at homes across Kerala and 70 have been admitted to isolation wards at hospitals. Three others are currently in isolation at the Medical College in Alappuzha. The results on their blood samples are awaited. The virology Institute in Alappuzha, that was set up in the aftermath of the Nipah virus, will begin to start testing samples from today. This will help the govt in getting sample results faster.

    Meanwhile, reports continue to emerge the virus that’s infected more than 14,000 people in two dozen countries may be transmitted through the digestive tract, Chinese state media reported.

    Several videos have appeared in social media about Pakistani students in Wuhan complaining about the failure of their government to evacuate them from ground zero of the novel coronavirus that has now infected over 14,000 individuals and killed more than 300. This is happening even as India has flown out two planeloads of its citizens from Wuhan, and countries around the world are increasingly walling off China to contain the spread of the infection. Read why is Pakistan insisting on keeping its citizens citizens at epidemic ground zero?


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