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News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Surabhi Pandey | Updated on: 14 Mar 2020, 12:34:23 AM
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India has also recorded first coronavirus death. (Photo Credit: File Photo)

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Coronavirus Live Updates: The COVID-19 pandemic has gripped the world economy with recession becoming inevitable reality in coming future. BSE Sensex and other Asian markets recorded staggering lows in trading on Friday. The number of confirmed cases in India has gone up to 75. India has officially recorded the first coronavirus death also. The 76-year-old from Karnataka’s Kalburgi had a history of travelling to Saudi Arabia. He also had known cases of asthma and hypertension. Several state governments have declared coronavirus as epidemic to enforce stringent quarantine measures. Delhi and Haryana have announced closure of schools, colleges and cinema halls. India has also started evacuating its citizens from Iran. New batch of 120 Indians is likely to reach Jaisalmer on Friday. As the world authorities combat the impact of coronavirus on economies and healthcare systems, here are live updates on Covid-19 with special focus on India: 

Karnataka government: 30 high-risk contacts of Coronavirus patient who died yesterday have been identified and are under strict observation including the private hospital staff. Four among them are isolated at a designated hospital in Kalaburgi and their samples have been collected.

Tamil Nadu govt announces that pre-kindergarten, LKG, UKG classes in public & private institutions will remain shut up to March 31.

Telangana Health Minister's office: The lone Coronavirus patient from the state has recovered and is going to be discharged from the hospital soon.

European Union warns 2020 growth 'very likely' to be below zero after coronavirus outbreak, report news agency AFP

Jammu & Kashmir NHM Director Bhupinder Kumar: A fresh positive case of Coronavirus has emerged from Jammu. The patient is a close contact of the first confirmed case in Jammu and Kashmir.  

Coronavirus scare: Delhi HC decides not to insist on personal appearance of parties unless it is indispensable.

Masks (like N95) and hand-sanitizers declared essential commodities till June-end amid coronovirus spread: Govt order

Central Zoo Authority directs all zoos to screen visitors, maintain sanitation measures at entry, exit gates in view of coronavirus outbreak. 

All Chandigarh schools to be closed till March 31. Students will attend school only to appear for exams. However, all teaching and non teaching staff members will attend the school as usual till further orders.

IIT-Delhi directs students to leave hostels by Sunday in view of coronavirus threat. 

All the remaining 28 matches of the I-League, including Sunday's marquee Kolkata derby between champions Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, will be played in empty stadiums owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the All India Football Federation said on Friday.


An ITBP-run quarantine centre here released 112 people, comprising 76 Indians and 36 foreigners, on Friday after they all tested negative for coronavirus, a senior official said. 


Centre decided to allow international traffic through 19 border checkposts out of 37: officials.

Indo-Bangladesh cross border passenger trains and buses to remain suspended till April 15, or earlier if so decided: officials. 

Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India rise to 81, including 16 Italians: Officials. 


Iran announced on Friday that the new coronavirus has claimed another 85 lives, the highest single-day death toll in one of the world's worst affected countries. “Sadly, 85 people infected with the COVID-19 disease have died in the past 24 hours", bringing to 514 the overall number of deaths in Iran, health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said. 




Government, private schools in MP to remain shut till further orders due to coronavirus threat: Official

Karnataka govt decides to keep all mall, theatre, night club, marriage halls, summer camps, swimming pools closed for next one week.  

Bulgaria declares state of emergency after coronavirus cases triple in a day

London Underground driver tests positive for coronavirus, reports ‘The Independent’.

Man who returned from Italy tests positive for coronavirus at Army's Manesar quarantine facility: Army sources

Forty-six persons who were in direct contact with the 76-year old man who died on Tuesday night due to co-morbidity and coronavirus infection have been placed under quarantine, district officials said on Friday. Kalaburagi Deputy Commissioner Sharat B said 31 of them have been categorised as "high risk" and the remaining 13 as "low risk".







Uttar Pradesh declares coronavirus as epidemic; all schools, colleges shut till March 22.

Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal says Parliament session should also be curtailed in wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

Two more COVID-19 suspects reported from Noida. 

"The COVID19 Odisha Regulations, 2020 have been approved. An amount of Rs 200 crores has been earmarked to augment the Public Health Response Fund to combat the threat of the pandemic and for making required expenditure," Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik says in state assembly.   

“As a precautionary measure, all events have been postponed until the end of June. Asian Amateur Chess Championship scheduled for this April in Muscat is postponed until further notice after the end of June,” Hisham Al Taher, General Secretary, Asian Chess Federation was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Chairperson of Infosys Foundation, Sudha Murty has urged the Karnataka government to take steps to shut malls and theatres, saying the coronavirus multiplies in air-conditioned areas.

Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has tested positive for coronavirus.

The Jawaharlal Nehru University on Friday ordered suspension of classes with immediate effect till March 31 due to the coronavirus outbreak. However, routine office work will remain unaffected, the university said as it urged all officers, faculty members and staff to be present on their duty. 

No IPL matches in Delhi due to coronavirus, announce Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

Noida man tests positive for coronavirus; CMO orders home isolation for 700 employees of private firm 

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday stepped up his attack on the Centre over its response to the coronavirus outbreak. “I will keep repeating this. The #coronavirus is a huge problem. Ignoring the problem is a non solution. The Indian economy will be destroyed if strong action is not taken. The government is in a stupor,” Gandhi said on Twitter.

Delhi government orders shutting of all public swimming pools in the city with immediate effect till March 31 in wake of coronavirus outbreak.

First coronavirus case at the United Nations in New York. Diplomat from the Philippines tests positive.

Investor wealth worth nearly Rs 12 lakh crore was wiped off in less than 15 minutes of trade opening on Friday, with benchmarks crashing over 10 per cent on mounting fears over coronavirus pandemic.

Total number of coronavirus cases in India rises to 75.

China suspends foreign expeditions on the north side of Mount Everest in Tibet during the spring climbing season of 2020 due to the coronavirus that has spread to more than 100 countries and region. The Tibet Mountaineering Association (TMA) announced that while China has made great progress in containing the coronavirus disease, its rapid global spread still brings uncertainty and danger.

South Africa tour of the women's team has been suspended until further notice. The three-match One-Day men's international series against New Zealand will proceed as scheduled, however fans will not be admitted into the venue, says Cricket Australia.

No permission will be granted for public gatherings in the state in view of the coronavirus threat, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope has said. With one more person testing positive for the disease in Pune earlier in the day, the number of confirmed coronavirus patients in the state increased to 12 -- nine in Pune, two in Mumbai and one in Nagpur.

The Ketavan Sacred Music Festival which was to be held in Goa from March 13 to 15 has been postponed in view of the coronavirus outbreak, the organisers have said.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced plans for a halt to all transport in and out of the capital Manila and a quarantine to contain the spread of the deadly new coronavirus. In a nationally televised address, Duterte also approved a month of school closures, ban on mass gatherings and a prohibition on the entry of foreigners from places where the contagion is spreading.

The I-League Kolkata derby between champions Mohun Bagan and East Bengal on Sunday is set to be played in front of an empty stadium after the city police issued a directive not to sale tickets for the match in view of COVID-19 pandemic.

Major shopping malls in Kolkata are offering hand sanitisers to visitors to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus.

The Pune district administration has decided to enforce "containment program" in the localities where confirmed cases of coronavirus infection were found, a senior official said. The number of coronavirus patients in the city rose to nine on Thursday with another person testing positive.

In a precautionary move to check spread of deadly coronavirus, state-owned Software Technology Parks of India has issued advisory that enables around 18-20 lakh employees of IT units registered with it to work from home. IT industry body NASSCOM had urged the government to relax restrictions regarding allowing employees to work from home, amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Norwegian Air Shuttle announced it would temporarily lay off up to half its staff, following the drop in demand due to the novel coronavirus, adding that it was cancelling 4,000 flights.

US President Donald Trump said Thursday that the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo could be postponed for a year, as organizers insist the Games will go ahead despite the coronavirus outbreak. "Maybe they postpone it for a year," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. 

A Chinese official on Thursday alleged that the US army might have brought coronavirus to Wuhan, amid war of words between the two countries over the rapid spread of the deadly virus across the world. China's state-run Global Times on Thursday reported that US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield reportedly acknowledged some flu patients may have been misdiagnosed and actually had coronavirus.

Air India has decided to cancel all its flights to Kuwait till April 30 and curtail services to various other countries, including Spain, France and Sri Lanka. The move comes a day after the national carrier announced temporary suspension of its services to Rome, Milan and Seoul.

After Germany, now Britain says that a sizeable population may be infected with COVID-19. British officials have said that up to 10,000 people in the UK could be infected with the novel coronavirus. Government chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance said there were currently 590 confirmed cases but it was "much more likely we've got somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 people infected".

The Chhattisgarh government has also declared holiday in schools and colleges till March 31 as a precautionary measure in view of the novel coronavirus outbreak in several parts of the country.

Catholic churches across Rome will close until April 3 because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 1,000 people across Italy, the papal vicar for Rome has said.

Brexit trade talks scheduled to be held in London next week have been cancelled due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, a joint EU-UK statement said.

Senegal has announced five new cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the West African state's total number to ten, and making it the worst affected country in the region.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has undergone a test for the new coronavirus after a top aide contracted the disease following a trip on which both met with Donald Trump, his son has said.

A key adviser to Iran's supreme leader has been placed in quarantine after experiencing "mild symptoms" of the new coronavirus, Tasnim news agency reported on Thursday. Ali Akbar Velayati, who advises supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on foreign policy, was "quarantined after having experienced mild symptoms of coronavirus," the agency said.

President Emmanuel Macron has announced schools in France would close indefinitely from next week to curb the spread of the coronavirus, also urging people over 70 to stay at home.

The Sindh government in Pakistan has announced all educational institutions will remain closed till May 31 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, and postponed class nine and class 10 annual exams.

Four towns in Spain's northeastern Catalonia region were put under quarantine on Thursday, the civil protection agency said, in a first in the country.

Disneyland will close its doors beginning Saturday after California called for large gatherings to be canceled to slow the spread of coronavirus, the resort said in a statement.

The Indian Embassy in the US has set up 24-hour helplines to address questions on the recent travel restrictions implemented by New Delhi in a bid to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Trudeau’s communication director Cameron Ahmed also posted a personal message from Sophie Trudeau. 



Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie Trudeau has tested positive for coronavirus. Though the Prime Minister himself has not shown any symptom, he has been put under quarantine. “The Prime Minister will continue to fully assume his duties and will address Canadians tomorrow,” Trudeau’s office said in a statement.

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First Published : 13 Mar 2020, 08:06:17 AM

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