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US President Donald Trump on Saturday announced restrictions on travel from Iran and advised fellow citizens not to travel to certain areas of South Korea and Italy. The announcement came as the first death from coronavirus was reported in the US from the Washington state. Meanwhile, India is working to facilitate the return of Indians who wish to go back home in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak from Iran. Indian envoy to Iran Gaddam Dharmendra said discussions are underway with the authorities concerned to work out arrangements for the same.
"In view of COVID19, working to facilitate the return of those Indians wishing to go back home. Discussions underway with concerned authorities to work out arrangements. Will keep you updated," Dharmendra said in a tweet. As many as 43 people have died in Iran as a result of the new deadly disease.
Meanwhile, Australia reported its first death from Covid-19 after officials confirmed that a Western Australian man who travelled back to Australia from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan had died.
According to Center for Disease Control, 22 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the US so far. As many as 15 people have recovered from the virus so far in the US.
"Unfortunately, one person passed away overnight. She was a wonderful woman, a medically high-risk patient in her late 50s," Donald Trump told reporters at the White House.
"There is no reason to panic at all. Our country is prepared for any circumstance," the president said at his second press conference in the White House briefing room on his return from India on Wednesday.
Joining the press conference, Vice President Mike Pence said Trump had authorised a ban on entry of foreign nationals who travelled to Iran in the last 14 days. The United States also advised its citizens not to travel to parts of South Korea and Italy, from where reports of coronavirus have appeared. The vice president has been tasked by Trump to lead the administration's efforts in the fight against the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, China reported 35 more deaths from the new coronavirus, taking the toll in the country to 2,870. The number is lower than the 47 fatalities reported by Chinese authorities on Saturday. The National Health Commission also reported 573 new infections, bringing the total number of cases in mainland China to 79,824. South Korea confirmed 376 more coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking the national total to 3,526 infections, the largest in the world outside China.
The new coronavirus, which has killed nearly 3,000 people and infected more than 86,000 in dozens of countries, is believed to have first emerged late last year in a market that sold wild animals in Wuhan city of China.
In Europe, Italy has reported more than 1,000 coronavirus cases and 29 deaths, the most in Europe. France has 100 confirmed cases of coronavirus, while the Netherlands has now confirmed seven cases. Luxembourg announced its first case of infection by the new coronavirus, a man who recently returned from Italy. Iraq has detected five new cases of coronavirus, four in Baghdad and one in Babel province. Qatar's health ministry has reported the first case of coronavirus infection in the country, while Lebanon has confirmed three new cases.
(With PTI Inputs)