Death Count Crosses 3200-Mark Across World (Photo Credit: File Photo)
Over 3,200 people have now died from the novel coronavirus outbreak across the world. Whereas, more than 93,100 confirmed cases of Coronavirus were reported so far. Coronavirus is also known as COVID-19. According to China's National Health Commission, the overall death count in mainland China has crossed over 3,000 in China. The COVID-19 outbreak emerged late last year in Hubei in central China, but has now spread to more than 60 countries around the world. South Korea reported 142 more novel coronavirus cases Wednesday, a significantly lower increase than the day before, taking its total to 5,328 -- the largest in the world outside China. Four more people had died, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday, taking the toll to 32.
In the United States, nine people have died so far due to coronavirus. The World Health Organisation said Sunday that the virus appears to particularly hit those over the age of 60 and people already weakened by other illness. The agency noted that most people with the COVID-19 illness only experience mild symptoms, while around 14 per cent suffer severe disease like pneumonia and five per cent become critically ill. It said the mortality rate in the outbreak appears to be between two and five per cent. The seasonal flu has an average mortality rate of about 0.1 per cent but is highly infectious, with up to 400,000 people worldwide dying from it each year. Other strains of coronavirus, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), have established mortality rates of 9.5 per cent and 34.5 per cent, respectively.
Meanwhile, in India, two more confirmed cases were reported in India. Therefore, seaports and airports have been put under high alert. On Tuesday, two private schools in Noida were shut for next few days after father of one of their students tested positive for coronavirus, while several people, including his family members, were quarantined or kept in isolation as authorities stepped up prevention efforts including extending suspension of existing regular and e visas to nationals of four other affected countries. Officials said the sample of an Italian tourist in Jaipur which was sent to National Institute of Virology, Pune was found to be positive after the first two tests gave contradictory results. With this, six cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the country so far. Three of the patients have recovered.
With alertness and safeguards, we all can help contain the outbreak of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. In a precautionary measure, the Rashtrapati Bhavan will not hold the traditional Holi gatherings.
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Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Jammu and Kashmir: 2 passengers with travel history to Italy/South Korea identified; symptomatic passenger shifted to GMC Jammu for quarantine sample testing, asymptomatic passenger instructed for home quarantine as per protocol.
Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Jammu and Kashmir: Dedicated 24x7 data control Centres established at Srinagar and Jammu to receive information of travellers coming from Coronavirus affected countries.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal: I am also not celebrating Holi this year, because of this (Coronavirus) and the recent violence which took place in Delhi, in which many people lost their lives. People are in pain that is why neither I nor any minister or MLA will celebrate Holi.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal: A state-level task force has been constituted to control the situation arising due to Coronavirus. It will be chaired by me. It includes members from several agencies, departments and corporations. Each member has been assigned a role.
BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda has written to all BJP state presidents, asking them to not hold Holi programs, in wake of Coronavirus.
Home Minister Amit Shah tweets, "Holi is a very important festival for we Indians but in the wake of Coronavirus, I've decided not to participate in any Holi Milan celebration this year. I also appeal to everyone to avoid public gatherings&take good care of yourself and your family".
Delhi: A meeting of a group of Union Ministers on Coronavirus to be held today at Nirman Bhawan.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on reports of an increase in the price of N95 masks: If people are taking advantage and misusing this time, then they should be labeled as "black sheep" and a mechanism to punish them should be implemented.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan: We had screened about 5,89,000 at our airports, over 15,000 at minor and major seaports and over 10 lakhs at the border of Nepal, till yesterday.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan: From now on, all flights and passengers will be part of universal screening, not just the 12 countries which we had listed earlier.
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan: Till now, there have been 28 positive cases of Coronavirus in India
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan: If Iran Govt supports our efforts, then we have an intention to establish a test lab there as well. This will let us bring back our citizens from Iran after a thorough screening.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan: 14 out of 21 Italian nationals have found positive for coronavirus. They have been sent to at Indo-Tibetan Border Police's (ITBP) quarantine facility in Chhawla.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan: On conducting contact tracing of the person tested positive in Delhi, we came to know that he infected 6 members of his family who are in Agra. All 6 members tested positive for Coronavirus.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan: We have requested all hospitals in Delhi to develop good quality isolation wards, in order to stay prepared if more cases of Coronavirus are suspected in the national capital.
Prime Minister Modi to take a meeting at 12.30 pm today to review preparedness for dealing with Coronavirus situation in the country.
Delhi: Independent MP from Maharashtra, Navneet Rana arrives at the Parliament wearing a mask.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi: Experts across the world have advised to reduce mass gatherings to avoid the spread of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. Hence, this year I have decided not to participate in any Holi Milan programme.
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope: No positive case of CoronaVirus in Maharashtra till now. People are advised not to spread or believe in rumours. As of now, no anti-viral drug is available. Isolation wards set up in every district&10 extra beds placed in every hospital.
Delhi: Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan takes a meeting with senior officials from Delhi Government for the management and preparedness of Coronavirus.
— ANI (@ANI) March 4, 2020
15 of the 21 Italian tourists who were quarantined in New Delhi also tested positive on Wednesday.
BS Yediyurappa, chief minister karnataka on coronavirus: "There's no corona case in Karnataka. There's a difference in what appears on media and what is on ground. No need to panic. Modi too is looking into it. My health minister spoke to media and no one needs to panic. We are ready to tackle the situation."
Coronavirus: 6 samples from Noida test negative, say officials
District Magistrate, Gautam Budh Nagar: The samples taken from 6 contacts in Noida have tested negative but they will need to be under home quarantine for next 14 days and if symptoms develop, can be retested again. Government and administration is keeping a watch. No need to panic.
A Delhi resident who had travelled to Italy recently has tested positive for coronavirus. He had organised a party in Delhi recently which was attended by students of two Noida schools. Two Noida schools were shut on Tuesday for few days over fears of coronavirus spread.
Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, Paradip Port Trust, Odisha said, "A crew member of a cargo ship suspected of suffering from coronavirus has been shifted to a hospital in Cuttack. He had symptoms of fever and sore throat."
The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Japan reached the 1,000 mark on Wednesday with the newest case reported in the western prefecture of Yamaguchi, officials and media said.
Online retailer Amazon said on Tuesday an employee in the United States tested positive for the coronavirus.
Mainland China had 119 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, the country's National Health Commission said on Wednesday, down slightly from 125 on the previous day. The total number of cases on the mainland has now reached 80,270.
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today to take a meeting with senior officials from Delhi Government for the management & preparedness of coronavirus, ANI reported.
At least 70 people who came in contact with the Delhi Covid-19 patient, including six from Agra and 44 who attended a birthday party thrown by him, are under watch.
As many as 120 Umrah pilgrims who were scheduled to travel to Saudi Arabia on February 27, were forced to turn back from the Rajiv Gandhi International (RGI) Airport as Saudi authorities have temporarily halted the entry of pilgrims to the country in the wake of rising cases of coronavirus across the world, ANI reported.
Jammu and Kashmir on alert against coronavirus, no positive case reported.
Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur: A suspected case of #coronavirus has come to our knowledge, it's not right to jump to conclusions. Tests will be done, factual position will be clear only after his reports come in. We have come to know that the person is from Bilaspur.
World Bank: The World Bank Group is providing up to $12 billion in immediate support for countries coping with the health and economic impacts of the COVID19 outbreak. This package will include emergency financing, policy advice, and technical assistance.
No confirmed case has been reported in the northeast region so far.
Washington state Department of Health reports total number of confirmed coronavirus cases now stands at 27, including nine deaths, up from 18 cases and six deaths on Monday.