Coronavirus outbreak HIGHLIGHTS: The Ministry of External Affairs Sunday said it is in touch with the Chinese government and is exploring ‘all options’ to provide relief to Indians stranded in Wuhan, which is the epicentre of the fast-spreading coronavirus. India on Saturday had requested China to permit over 250 Indian students stuck in Wuhan to leave the city. About 700 Indian students, mostly medical students, are believed to be studying in different universities in Wuhan and its surrounding areas.
Chinese health authorities said the death toll due to the deadly new coronavirus rose to 56, with an increase in the number of confirmed cases from 1,287 on Saturday morning to 1,975 Sunday. At least 324 out of 1,975 confirmed cases were said to be critical.
Internationally, the virus has spread to Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand, Taiwan, Nepal, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Australia, France and the US.
Meanwhile, the US State Department Sunday said it will relocate personnel at its Wuhan consulate to the United States and will offer a limited number of seats to private US citizens on a flight out of the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.