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Coronavirus: Over 6,000 Dead Globally From COVID-19; Italy Worst Hit After China

The Deadly Novel Coronavirus Has Claimed Over 5,300 Lives And Infected Over 1,5 Lakh People Across 135 Countries And Territories, With The World Health Organisation Describing The Outbreak A Pandemic.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Fayiq Wani | Updated on: 15 Mar 2020, 09:28:01 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today will participate in a video-conference of all the SAARC nations on Sunday to chalk out a joint strategy to fight the pandemic. (Photo Credit: News Nation)

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The deadly novel coronavirus has claimed over 5,300 lives and infected over 1,5 lakh people across 135 countries and territories, with the World Health Organisation describing the outbreak a pandemic. In India, the list of positive coronavirus cases as confirmed by the Union Health Ministry stood at 93. However, data from states put the number of cases at 102. Maharashtra witnessed the largest number of cases where the numbers rose to 31. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in a video-conference of all the SAARC nations on Sunday to chalk out a joint strategy to fight the pandemic. 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.

Coronavirus: Here are all the LIVE updates

Managing Director,Mahan Air: "We'll deploy appropriate aircraft to ferry stranded Indians and land at suitable designated international airport in India; this shall be possible only if Govt of India grants permissions and facilitate to ease burden on Govt of India and strengthen evacuations ops."


Managing Director of Iran's Mahan Air in a letter to PM Modi: "I, on behalf of Mahan Air, offer to safely repatriate all Indian nationals stranded in Iran back to their country without any commercial interest as a humanitarian initiative for our Indian brethren." 

Directorate of Health Services, Uttar Pradesh: A total of 13 people have tested positive for Coronavirus; 8 are from Agra, two from Ghaziabad, one from Noida and two from Lucknow.

All India Trinamool Congress: We will appeal to the state Election Commission to defer upcoming Municipal/Corporation elections.

As a precautionary measure for the COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Assam government has ordered to close all schools, colleges, shopping malls, cinema halls, gyms, swimming pools till March 29 in the entire state. 

Al-Aqsa mosque, 3rd holiest in Islam, closes over coronavirus.

Elections to rural and urban local bodies in Andhra Pradesh put-off for 6 weeks in view of spread of coronavirus: State Election Commission.

More than 25,000 crew, passengers on over 700 ships not allowed to disembark at Indian ports.

MS suspended for disclosing identity of suspected coronavirus patient.

Pakistan PM's aide to participate in SAARC video conference on coronavirus.

Pakistan's coronavirus tally rises to 34.

Indian national tests positive for COVID-19 in UAE.

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to join the leaders of SAARC nations via a video-conference today at 5 pm to discuss a roadmap to fight coronavirus.

Bihar General Administration Department issues order, asking all department heads (except health department) to assign working shifts on alternate days to class C and class D employees of the state.

Don't conduct group tours till Mar 31: Mumbai Police to tour operators

Amid the coronavirus scare, the Mumbai Police on Sunday issued an order for tour operators, asking them not to take any groups to foreign or domestic destinations for tourism purpose till March 31, an official said.

Assam Chief Secretary Sanjay Krishna: All school, colleges, universities, gyms, swimming pools and cinema halls will remain closed in the state till March 29. All examinations, except that of state & CBSE boards, have been postponed in view of coronavirus.

Coronavirus cases in country climb to 107, cases rise in Maharashtra

The number of novel coronavirus cases in the country rose to 107 on Sunday, with 12 fresh cases in Maharashtra, the Union Health Ministry said.

Ministry of Family and Health Welfare: Total number of confirmed COVIDー19 cases across India is 107 (including foreign nationals as on 15th March at 12 PM).

UK National Tests Positive For Coronavirus, 289 Passengers Offloaded At Kochi Airport

At least 289 passengers of a Dubai-bound flight were offloaded at the airport here on Sunday shortly before takeoff after a UK national among them tested positive for novel coronavirus, official sources said here. The passenger belonged to a group of 19 holidaying in the hill resort town of Munnar in Kerala and was under surveillance, a Cochin International Airport Limited spokesman said.

He joined the group to reach the Kochi airport without informing authorities in Munnar, he said.

When the test result came, the authorities came to know that he was at the Kochi airport and travelling by an Emirates flight.


The UK national who tested positive had left quarantine facility in Kerala without informing the authorities: PRO, Cohin airport.

Mumbai Police: Police has issued an order prohibiting the conduct of any kind of tour involving a group of people traveling together to foreign or domestic destination organized by private tour operators or otherwise.

A 59-year-old woman tests positive for coronavirus in Maharashtra's Aurangabad: Officials

India's coal imports registered a decline of 14.1 per cent to 17.01 million tonnes (MT) in February in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, as per industry data.

The 218 Indians who landed from Milan, Italy at Delhi airport will be shifted to Indo-Tibetan Border Police's Chhawla camp. 

Ministry of Home Affairs: In wake of the COVID19 India outbreak, as a precautionary measure to contain and control the spread of the disease, the travel and registration for Sri Kartarpur Sahib is temporarily suspended from 12 am March 16, 2020, till further orders.

Delhi Police has extended quarantine facilities at two of its training centres, located at Jharoda Kalan and Wazirabad.

Union Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey: The govt has issued an advisory asking civil hospitals & medical colleges to set up isolation wards. We are trying our best to contain spread of coronavirus which has spread to 12 states.

The wife of Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Read HERE

Australia to isolate all international arrivals to tackle virus.

China on Sunday reported 10 more fatalities due to the novel coronavirus, taking the death toll to 3,199.

Two Air India flights carrying over 230 Indians from coronavirus-hit Iran landed on Sunday morning and the passengers have been quarantined at the Indian Army Wellness Centre at Jaisalmer. While External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that a total of 234 Indians have been evacuated from Iran, defence spokesperson Col Sombit Ghosh said, "236 persons have landed in Jaisalmer by two Air India flights this morning." 

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First Published : 15 Mar 2020, 10:30:34 AM