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Coronavirus: India Suspends Land Border Crossing Points With Pakistan From March 16 Midnight

Coronavirus Live Updates: Indian States Under Partial Shutdown As Global Death Count Crosses 5,000

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Surabhi Pandey | Updated on: 15 Mar 2020, 12:31:06 AM
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Coronavirus Live Updates: India Suspends Land Border Crossing Points With Pakistan From March 16 Midnight (Photo Credit: File Photos)

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Coronavirus Live Updates: States across India have announced slew of measure to impost partial shutdown to combat the spread of COVID-19 disease. In a late-night development, Rajasthan joined the long list of states to issue partial shutdown of non-essential activities.  While India has quarantined itself, the United States has announced national emergency to deal with the pandemic. Situation in Italy remains grim with over 1,200 deaths reported so far. Italy is also pressing murder charges against those found indulging in careless, risky behaviour. Conditions in China are reportedly better with fewer deaths and active cases. With almost all big-ticket events getting cancelled around the globe, the coronavirus pandemic has become the single most crucial factor to affect the economy and healthcare systems. Follow News Nation’s live blog on coronavirus and get latest, verified updates from across the world. Say yes to safety and no to panic:

India suspends land border crossing points with Pakistan indefinitely from March 16 midnight: MHA. 

Educational institutes and public places including casinos closed in Goa due to coronavirus threat.

The IIT Kharagpur and the IIEST, Shibpur, have suspended academic activities as a precautionary measure in view of the novel coronavirus threat till March 31. IIT-KGP director VK Tewari said students and residents staying in the campus have been advised not to travel outside it, while students living outside the campus have been asked to stay at home.

More than 4000 people who had come in contact with 84 positive cases are under surveillance: Health Ministry

Sanjeeva Kumar, Special Secretary (Health), Union Health Ministry: Total number of positive coronavirus cases in India rose to 84.

Delhi AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria says coronavirus cannot spread through dead bodies. It spreads from respiratory secretion. Coughing is necessary for the spread of this virus. So, there is no risk in cremating the infected bodies.

Barcelona goes into lockdown, military brought in to contain coronavirus.

All schools, colleges, casinos, boat cruises, and disco clubs closed till 31st March in Goa. However, all malls, restaurants, and hotels will remain open, says Go Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.

Apple closing all stores outside China until March 27 in bid to slow spread of coronavirus. 

Another case of coronavirus was confirmed in Telangana on Saturday taking the total number of those infected to two, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said. The patient with travel history to Italy has been admitted to the state-run Gandhi hospital in the city for quarantine purpose, Rao told the assembly.

The West Bengal government has sealed the state's border with Bhutan in the wake of novel coronavirus outbreak, a senior official said on Saturday. The West Bengal Police, which mans the border gate on the Indian side in Jaigaon in Alipurduar district, stopped the movement of goods and travellers from India to Bhutan on Friday evening, the official said.

Mass gatherings set to be banned in the UK.

Himachal Pradesh  and Punjab have ordered closure of all government, private colleges, schools, anganwadi centers and play-way schools, gyms, cinema halls till March 31st due to Coronavirus.

The Home Department of Nagaland has directed all the Deputy Commissioners to issue notice for ensuring that people compulsorily use masks and hand sanitizers in all the public places. 

335 passengers with history of travel to COVID19 affected countries are untraceable. A total 6011 passengers have been traced as of March 13, says Punjab govt 

Total number of positive coronavirus cases in India rises to 83, says Union health Ministry in latest update. 

Tamil Nadu government has announced that pre-kindergarten, LKG and UKG classes in public and private institutions would remain shut up to March 31st.

Infosys vacates IIPM building in Bengaluru over coronavirus scare, say latest media reports

US House passes bipartisan package to provide relief to Americans coping with coronavirus pandemic.

All buses entering Delhi from adjoining states are being disinfected at ISBTs. 

The World Health Organization says Europe is now the epicentre of Covid-19.

West Bengal Speaker Biman Banerjee has announced that entry of journalists and visitors to the Assembly would be restricted to specific numbers due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Pakistan has also ordered the closure of all education institutions in the country till April 5 in view of the coronavirus outbreak which has claimed over 5,000 lives globally. The decision was taken at a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, attended by key minister, services chiefs and other senior officials.

Denmark will close its borders to foreigners from Saturday midday, (1100 GMT) in a bid to slow the advance of coronavirus, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has said. "All tourists and foreigners who cannot prove that they have a valid reason to come to Denmark will not be allowed to enter," but Danes would be allow in, he told journalists. 

Chinese billionaire businessman Jack Ma has offered the United States 500,000 coronavirus test kits and a million masks, as the country faces a shortage of kits for diagnosing the potentially deadly disease. In a statement on Twitter, the founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba said, "drawing from my own country's experience, speedy and accurate testing and adequate protective equipment for medical professionals are most effective in preventing the spread of the virus." 

The Supreme Court has decided to limit its functioning due to the novel coronavirus pandemic and hold hearing of only six out of 15 benches on Monday.

Costa has said that it was suspending all of its cruises around the world until April 3 over the coronavirus outbreak as governments step up measures to contain the outbreak.

Switzerland will close its schools in a bid to halt the spread of the new coronavirus, the government said Friday, adding that it would provide billions in aid to hard-hit businesses. "The situation is difficult, but we have the means to overcome the challenges on the medical and the financial level," Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga told reporters.

The Eiffel Tower in Paris will be closed to the public until further notice because of the coronavirus, management said, as France's cases climbed to over 2,800, with 61 deaths. "Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the operating company of the Eiffel Tower is announcing the closure of the tower this evening at 9:00 pm  (2000 GMT)," the company said Friday. It added that it hoped "to be able to reopen very soon when conditions allow it". 

Romania's interim prime minister was on Friday asked to form a new government from coronavirus self-isolation. President Klaus Iohannis chose Ludovic Orban, head of the National Liberal Party (PNL), to form a new government after Finance Minister Florin Citu declined the nomination at the last minute on Thursday.

Poland has said that it was shutting its borders to foreign travellers to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has infected at least 68 people.

Ukraine has said that it would close its borders to foreigners for at least two weeks and stop all flights to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, as it reported its first COVID-19 fatality.

US President Donald Trump announced Friday that internet giant Alphabet is creating a website where people will be able to check whether they have  symptoms of the novel coronavirus. Verily Life Sciences, once a project in a Google X lab devoted to "moonshot" projects and now its own health business unit, is testing a "tool to help triage individuals for COVID-19 testing," Google confirmed on Twitter.

All United Nations staff at its headquarters in New York were told Friday to work from home for at least three weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak unless it was essential for them to be present.

Dutch national airline KLM said Friday it will cut up to 2,000 jobs as it battled the impact of the new coronavirus outbreak, and announced other cost-cutting measures. Chief executive Pieter Elbers said KLM -- which has around 33,000 employees -- will also ask personnel to work shortened hours, while grounding its fleet of six Boeing 747s from April 1.

The RSS cancels its annual Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha meet, which was to be held between March 15 to 17 in Bengaluru, due to outbreak.

New Zealand has cancelled a national remembrance service to mark Sunday's first anniversary of the Christchurch mosque attacks because of coronavirus fears, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

The Jaipur Foot's US chapter has deferred mega camp in Patna to provide the needy artificial limbs in view of travel restrictions and precautionary measures implemented by the government of India to combat the novel coronavirus.

Canada shuts down Parliament and has advised against all nonessential travel outside the country while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau governed remotely from his home, in self-imposed quarantine after his wife tested positive for the new coronavirus.

The mayor of the city of Miami has tested positive for the new coronavirus after meeting with a Brazilian senior official who was also in close proximity to President Donald Trump. Mayor Francis Suarez said in a Friday statement that he was not feeling any symptoms and advised anyone who shook hands with him or was close to him since Monday to self-isolate for 14 days.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has requested Narendra Modi to approve and allow the export of masks and pharmaceutical raw materials to Israel during his telephonic conversation with his Indian counterpart this week, according to a media report.

The India Open badminton tournament has been suspended at least till April 12 after the sport's world governing body decided to halt all events from March 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Belarus Athletic Federation and the Ministry of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus postpone the World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships Minsk 2020.

Embassy of India in the US issues advisory for Indian students. 

US Embassy and Consulates in India say all immigrant and non-immigrant visa appointments stand cancelled from March 16 onward. 

Schools, colleges, coaching centers, gyms and cinema halls in Rajasthan to remain closed till March 30th as a precautionary measure amid coronavirus pandemic. Board examinations that are underway will be held as per schedule.

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First Published : 14 Mar 2020, 09:19:48 AM

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