Coronavirus Update ; Amid the rising cases of coronavirus affliction, India on Tuesday barred entry of the nationals of three more countries, France, Germany and Spain, suspending the regular as well as e-Visas granted to them till date, if they have not yet entered the country.
As per the latest travel advisory issued by the government of India in response coronavirus, all visas and e-visas issued to nationals of France, Germany and Spain who have not entered India stand suspended with immediate effect. The total number of coronavirus infected cases have surpassed 110,000 thousand globally including deaths almost touching 4,000.
India probably really has an innate, natural defence against the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) after all, if one goes by the latest theory that some experts have just propounded.
Coronavirus Update; This could sound really anomalous on a day when India’s worst coronavirus fears are seemingly coming true. Going by the Health ministry’s update that puts the number of infected in India at 62 now, it appears that after infecting nearly a lakh and killing over 4,000 worldwide, the virus has now begun giving Ind ..
Domestic stock markets on Thursday crashed amid a selloff in global markets after US President Donald Trump announced a travel ban from Europe for 30 days in order to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The S&P BSE Sensex plunged as much over 1,800 points and the broader NSE Nifty benchmark slid over 500 points from the previous close. In India, 68 cases of COVID-19 have emerged.
The World Health Organization on Wednesday called the virus spread a pandemic and the Dow Jones Industrial Average tipped into a bear market, ending the longest bull-run in history for US shares.
WHO urged governments to step up containment efforts as the number of worldwide cases topped 126,386 and deaths exceeded 4,635. In the US, the coronavirus death toll increased to 38, while the infected cases surged past 1,000. Meanwhile in India, the total number of novel coronavirus cases touched 60.
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray said that 10 cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed in the state, including 8 in Pune. He announced that if needed the state legislature session may soon be curtailed to combat the disease.
Speaking to the press, Thackeray added that schools and colleges in the state may also be shut as a precautionary measure soon after the Class 10 exams are over. Earlier, the Delhi High Court sought the stand of the Centre and the Delhi government on a PIL seeking proper and adequate measures to combat coronavirus even as two new cases were reported in the country.
Indian-origin nonprofit organisation in US activates helpline in response to pandemic
Coronavirus Update ; An Indian-American nonprofit organisation has activated a helpline in the US in response to the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed over 4,500 lives, including 37 in America.
Sewa International started the initiative after the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday characterised the COVID-19 outbreak as a “pandemic” and expressed deep concern over its “alarming levels” of “spread, severity, as well as inaction”.
“A task force was set up to come up with a comprehensive approach to the pandemic after plugging into resources offered by different government agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), various departments of county and city,” said Achalesh Amar, the organisation’s director for disaster relief.
Based on the recommendations of the task force, the organisation is activating a helpline for non-medical advice in midwest, Northeast, and Western United States.
New Delhi, India – The number of coronavirus cases in India has increased sharply from six to 31 this week, as the epidemic that originated in China has infected more than 100,000 people worldwide.
Authorities in the capital, New Delhi, on Thursday ordered the immediate closure of primary schools until March 31 to prevent local transmission, while the central government made universal screening mandatory for all international passengers arriving in India.
Coronavirus Update ; The government also imposed travel restrictions on people from badly affected nations such as Italy, Iran and South Korea, adding to the previous screening of travellers from countries including China and Japan.
According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) latest tally, more than 98,200 confirmed COVID-19 cases and at least 3,272 deaths have been reported globally.
More than 14,500 cases of the virus have been confirmed in 79 countries outside China, with Italy, Iran and South Korea recording nearly 270 deaths.
More than 3,000 have died in China with more than 80,400 cases since the disease known as COVID-19 was first reported last December in Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak.
India’s travel advisory came after 16 Italian nationals tested positive for the virus on Wednesday.
The southern city of Bengaluru – an IT hub – New Delhi and its satellite cities, Gurgaon and Ghaziabad, reported one case each.
The patient in Ghaziabad had recently travelled to Iran, which has seen more than 100 deaths and 3,000 infections so far, becoming the worst-affected nation in the Middle East.
India’s Health Minister Harsh Vardhan told Parliament on Thursday that stranded Indian pilgrims and students in Iran were a major concern. “Government of India is following up with Iran authorities for their wellbeing and to tie up evacuation as per need,” he said.
Last month, New Delhi airlifted its nationals from Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province.
Coronavirus Update ; Two private schools in Noida, a satellite city of New Delhi located in Uttar Pradesh state, were also shut down. The authorities maintained that the closure was a precautionary measure and not a government directive.
The health ministry has said that cases of local transmission have also been observed.
“It has been decided to involve district collectors and states have been asked to form rapid response teams at the district, block and village levels. Private sector shall also be engaged for COVID-19 management,” Health Minister Vardhan said in a statement.
‘Need for preparedness’
As India braces for impact, the main concerns emerging within public health circles include weak surveillance capacity. laboratory strength in the country of a billion-plus people.
“All countries with weak health systems will face challenges in dealing with a widespread outbreak. That is why WHO has been underlining the need for preparedness –
surveillance and proper use of data, training of health care workers, referral systems, laboratory capacity, health information systems and community engagement,” said Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, WHO.
“In India, there is wide variability between states in health system capacity and urgent attention needs to be paid to the weaker states.”
To date, only government laboratories have the approval to test for COVID-19, a situation which may change with an increase in cases.
Clinical samples can be handled by 15 government laboratories, and another 19 laboratories are being prepared to test samples to ensure adequate geographical spread across the country.