Coronavirus outbreak: A 20-year-old medical student from Kerala, the first case of Novel Coronavirus in India, is recovering from the virus. The second swab sample has come back negative. However, the third sample has to be negative for her to be discharged.
A team of experts led by the World Health Organization (WHO) left for Beijing to help investigate China’s coronavirus epidemic as the death toll climbed to 908 in the mainland, surpassing the number of fatalities of the SARS epidemic of 2002-03. The total number of cases so far is 40,171 and the infection has spread to at least 27 countries. One death each outside China has been reported from Hong Kong and the Philippines
The government today eased some restrictions and workers began trickling back to offices and factories around China. On one of the usually busiest subway lines in Beijing, trains were largely empty. The few commuters sighted during peak-hour morning traffic were all wearing masks. Schools in many parts of China will be closed till February end.
In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday offered assistance to China to deal with the outbreak. In a letter addressed to Chinese President Xi Jinping, PM Modi expressed solidarity with the premier and also conveyed his condolences at the unfortunate loss of lives due to the outbreak. (Click here to follow our coverage of coronavirus outbreak)