Coronavirus HIGHLIGHTS: The death toll in the United States has reached 9 with escalating tensions over how to curb the coronavirus outbreak. All nine deaths have taken place in the state of Washington. In India, the total number of cases has risen to six as an Italian tourist in Jaipur tested positive on Tuesday for COVID-19. The tourist’s first sample, which was taken last week, had tested negative, but his condition deteriorated and his reports were awaited since Monday. Meanwhile, the Union Health Ministry issued advisory suspending all regular visas and e-visas granted on or before March 3 to nationals of Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan who have not yet entered India.
After a person was tested positive for coronavirus in the Delhi-NCR region on Monday, two schools in Noida were fumigated, one of which is where the children of the patient studies. The patient, who hosted a birthday party last Friday, was put under observation. On the other hand, six suspected cases, who came in contact with the Delhi patient have been quarantined in Agra.
Meanwhile, China’s coronavirus caseload continued to wane Tuesday even as the epidemic took a firmer hold beyond Asia, with three countries now exceeding 1,000 cases and the US reporting its sixth death. Clusters of disease grew in South Korea, Italy and Iran, and the virus has turned up for the first time in New York, Moscow and Berlin, as well as Latvia, Indonesia, Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal, Jordan, and Portugal. The worldwide death toll topped 3,000, and the number of cases tops 89,000 in about 70 countries.