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Coronavirus outbreak HIGHLIGHTS: 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 on Sunday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 26, 2020 10:28:51 pm
Coronavirus outbreak LIVE Updates: India 'requests' China to permit Indian students stuck in Wuhan to leave Chinese health authorities Sunday said the death toll due to the deadly new coronavirus rose to 56. (Reuters)

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.

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Coronavirus outbreak HIGHLIGHTS: Death toll due to the deadly new coronavirus rose to 56 in China on Sunday.

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    20:22 (IST)26 Jan 2020
    India examining 'all options' to provide relief to Indians stuck in Wuhan

    India on Sunday said it is examining "all options" in consultations with China to provide relief to over 250 stuck Indians, mostly students, in Wuhan, the epicentre of the fast spreading coronavirus. India also opened a third hotline in view of "large number" of phone calls from the Indians who are mostly students, the Indian Embassy in Beijing said. The three hotlines are +8618610952903, +8618612083629 and +8618612083617.

    18:30 (IST)26 Jan 2020
    'China may extend Lunar New Year holiday due to virus outbreak'

    China may "appropriately" extend the week-long Lunar New Year holiday due to the coronavirus outbreak, a working group meeting hosted by China's premier Li Keqiang said on Sunday, state broadcaster CCTV reported. The Lunar New Year holiday began on Friday but has been seriously disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak.

    (Reuters)

    18:04 (IST)26 Jan 2020
    Explained: How coronavirus can impact the economy and markets

    The outbreak of a new virus in China has sent shivers through world financial markets, with investors drawing comparisons to the 2003 SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak in order to assess its potential economic impact. An IMF paper by David Bloom, Daniel Cadarette, and JP Sevilla notes that even when the health impact of an outbreak is relatively limited, economic consequences can be quickly magnified. Read more

    16:59 (IST)26 Jan 2020
    Hong Kong’s Disneyland, Ocean Park close as coronavirus spreads

    As coronavirus spreads in mainland China, two of Hong Kong’s biggest attractions, Disneyland and Ocean Park, Sunday announced they were closing for the time being.

    16:43 (IST)26 Jan 2020
    Explained: As coronavirus spreads, can surgical masks protect against infections, pollution?

    As part of measures to contain the outbreak of coronavirus, China has restricted travel for over 35 million of its citizens, just ahead of China’s busiest travel season of the Lunar New Year holiday. People in Wuhan city are being encouraged to wear surgical masks in public.

    In countries such as China and India — especially North India — where the level of pollution is high, surgical masks are also used to protect against pollution. But is it sufficient to protect against air-borne infections and pollution? Read to know more

    16:27 (IST)26 Jan 2020
    Paris cancels Lunar New Year parade over coronavirus

    Paris-based Chinese associations have cancelled a Lunar New Year parade following the coronavirus epidemic, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo said Sunday.

    'I have met with the Chinese community in Paris. They are very emotional and concerned and they have decided to cancel the parade that was scheduled for this afternoon at Place de la Republique,' Hidalgo said on Europe 1 radio. 'They are really not in a mood to party now,' she added. 

    The city of Bordeaux in southwest France on Saturday also cancelled planned Chinese New Year festivities in order to limit infection risk and as a gesture of support to the victims in China, its mayor said.

    (Reuters)

    16:23 (IST)26 Jan 2020
    China's Hebei province shuts inter-province and inter-city buses to curb virus outbreak

    China's northern Hebei province will shut all inter-province and inter-city buses in order to curb the coronavirus outbreak, state media CCTV reported on Sunday. The report, which cites a decision by the Heibei Provincial Transportation Commission, did not say when bus services would resume.
    (Reuters)

    15:14 (IST)26 Jan 2020
    Beijing to postpone reopening of city's kindergartens, schools, universities

    China's capital Beijing will delay reopening the city's kindergartens, schools and universities, state-owned China National Radio (CNR) said on its official page on the microblogging website Weibo on Sunday. The measures are aimed at preventing the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus, according to CNR. Schools are currently closed for the Lunar New Year holiday.  The measures are aimed at preventing the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus, according to CNR. Schools are currently closed for the Lunar New Year holiday. (Reuters)

    14:28 (IST)26 Jan 2020
    Taiwan tightens restrictions on China visitors due to coronavirus

    Taiwan on Sunday further tightened restrictions on visitors from China to prevent the spread of coronavirus, suspending entry for many except for business travelers and a few other exceptions.

    13:41 (IST)26 Jan 2020
    China says virus's ability to spread getting stronger

    China's National Health Commission Minister Ma Xiaowei on Sunday said the transmission ability of the coronavirus behind an outbreak that has killed 56 people is getting stronger and that the number of infections could continue to rise.

    12:05 (IST)26 Jan 2020
    As coronavirus spreads, here’s a guide to what you should know on the virus

    China is taking emergency measures to contain the outbreak of the coronavirus, that started in the Chinese city of Wuhan in mid-December 2019, including putting cities on lockdown, suspending all forms of public transport and shutting down public areas and tourist spots. Not just China, several countries are taking measures against the virus. Read more here

    12:04 (IST)26 Jan 2020
    China bans wildlife trade nationwide

    Due to the outbreak of coronavirus in the country, China banned wildlife trade nationwide in markets, supermarkets, restaurants and e-commerce platforms. The ban will come into effect from Sunday. (Reuters)

    11:37 (IST)26 Jan 2020
    Jharkhand Health Department issues 'advisory' for coronavirus

    The Jharkhand Health Department has issued a health advisory to all districts and health institutions in the state to stay alert and report any suspected case of the virus.

    10:57 (IST)26 Jan 2020
    India 'requests' China to permit Indian students stuck in Wuhan to leave

    India on Saturday requested China to permit over 250 Indian students stuck in Wuhan, the epicentre of the new SARS-like virus, to leave the city, sources said. About 700 Indian students, mostly medical students, are believed to be studying in different universities in Wuhan and its surrounding areas. Authorities have prevented anyone from leaving Wuhan, the city of 11 million people at the heart of the viral outbreak which has so far infected nearly 1,300 people and killed 41 others.

    10:35 (IST)26 Jan 2020
    Amid coronavirus scare, Hong Kong's Disneyland shut

    To help prevent the spread od the deadly coronavirus, Hong Kong's popular amusement parks Disneyland and Ocean Park are closed from Jan 26, state media CCTV reported on Sunday. Read here

    10:22 (IST)26 Jan 2020
    Canada confirms first case of coronavirus in Toronto

    A Toronto hospital said Saturday it has a confirmed case of coronavirus from China, the first case in Canada. Officials said the man is in his 50's and recently flew from Wuhan to Guangzhou and then to Toronto on Jan 23.

    Outbreak’s effects ripple from epicenter in China Travellers in the international terminal of O’Hare International Airport in Chicago on Friday, January 24, 2020. (Taylor Glascock/The New York Times)

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday declared the virus an "emergency in China", but stopped short of declaring it a global health emergency. It asked all countries to be prepared for containment, including active surveillance, early detection, isolation and case management, contact tracing and prevention of onward spread of 2019-nCoV infection, and to share full data with WHO.

    The newly-identified coronavirus has created alarm because there are still many unknowns surrounding it, such as how dangerous it is and how easily it spreads between people. It can cause pneumonia, which has been deadly in some cases. Symptoms include fever, difficulty breathing and coughing. At present, there is no cure for the virus which has pneumonia-like symptoms and is contagious among humans.

    Meanwhile, in India, no positive cases has been detected so far. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar Sunday said the Indian Embassy in Beijing is constantly checking on the health and well-being of Indians in China. Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan on Saturday reviewed preparedness for the prevention of novel coronavirus after at least seven Indians have been kept under observation in Kerala. He also directed for multidisciplinary central teams to be formed and sent to states where thermal screening is being done at seven designated airports of New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kochi.

    On Saturday, Chinese President Xi Jinping held a politburo meeting on measures to fight the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic. He said people from different ethnic groups and sectors should work together to support efforts to contain the spread of the deadly virus. "As long as we have steadfast confidence, work together, scientific prevention and cures, and precise policies, we will definitely be able to win the battle," President Xi told a meeting of the elite Politburo Standing Committee, according to official news agency Xinhua.

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