Coronavirus wrap: India reports second patient; China death toll over 300

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China said it has full confidence and capability to win the fight against the epidemic.
India's second case of the new coronavirus has been detected in Kerala, the government said on Sunday, days after the first case was reported in the state last week.

The patient has tested positive for the virus and has been kept in isolation in a hospital. The person is stable and is being closely monitored, the statement said.

Last week India reported that a student who had returned from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus outbreak, had tested positive and was being treated in isolation. The new strain of coronavirus, which originated in Hubei province in central China late last year, has so far killed more than 300 people amid more than 14,000 total reported cases.


9:12 PM IST Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Sunday thanked India for expeditiously evacuating seven Maldivians from Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, saying it was an example of the "outstanding" friendship and camaraderie between the two countries.   India has evacuated 647 Indians and seven Maldivian citizens by special flights from Wuhan city. Air India's jumbo B747 made two flights to Wuhan - the ground zero of the coronavirus epidemic. In the first flight on Saturday, 324 Indians were evacuated and on Sunday another 323 Indians and seven Maldivian citizens were flown back.

9:10 PM IST The government on Sunday issued a new travel advisory asking people to refrain from travelling to China in view of coronavirus outbreak in its Hubei province and said travellers on return from the neighbouring country could be quarantined.   In its advisory, the Health Ministry also said anyone with travel history of China since January 15 could be quarantined.   The decision of issuing a new travel advisory was taken at a high-level review meeting held by the Cabinet Secretary on the preparedness to deal with novel coronavirus which has now spread to 25 countries.

7:40 PM IST The situation in Hubei province, the centre of China's virus outbreak, remains "severe and complicated" and medical resources at county level are relatively weak, vice governor Xiao Juhua told a news conference on Sunday.   Wang Wei, director of Hubei's science and technology department, told the briefing that the time needed to confirm cases with test kits had halved to no more than two hours, and that the kits' accuracy had improved.

7:38 PM IST Pakistan said on Sunday that it had acquired nearly 1,000 coronavirus testing kits from its all-weather ally China to boost the country's capability of diagnosing the disease which has claimed over 300 lives.   Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Zafar Mirza took to Twitter to share the development in the wake of concerns that Pakistan lacked capacity to test the deadly virus.

6:42 PM IST Of the five patients suspected to have symptoms of coronavirus in Haryana in recent days, one test result has come out as negative, a senior health department official said here on Sunday.   Out of these five, one patient has been admitted in the isolation ward at Kalpana  Chawla Government Medical College in Karnal.    

6:34 PM IST Thai doctors have seen success in treating severe cases of the new coronavirus with combination of medications for flu and HIV, with initial results showing vast improvement 48 hours after applying the treatment, they said on Sunday.   The doctors from Rajavithi Hospital in Bangkok said a new approach in coronavirus treatment had improved the condition of several patients under their care, including one 70-year-old Chinese woman from Wuhan who tested positive for the coronavirus for 10 days.

6:24 PM IST As the coronavirus outbreak turns virulent in China with the death toll crossing over 300, the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Sunday announced that it will hold its daily media briefings online.   The Chinese Foreign Ministry holds the media briefings all weekdays. The briefings remain suspended since January 24 due to Chinese New Year/Spring festival holidays and are due to resume on Monday.

5:23 PM IST Indonesia on Sunday barred entry to visitors who have been in China for 14 days over concern about coronavirus, as citizens evacuated from Hubei province faced protests by some residents on their return home.   There have not been any confirmed cases of coronavirus in Indonesia, but neighbouring Philippines on Sunday reported the first death from the virus outside China.

5:22 PM IST Beijing/Wuhan, Feb 2 (PTI) China on Sunday resorted to more drastic measures like isolating coronavirus patients to designated areas and restricting the movement of residents in regions hit by the rapid spreading virus that has killed 305 people and infected over 14,000 others.   The Philippines on Sunday reported the first death outside China from the deadly virus that has spread to 25 countries, including India, taking the total toll to 305.

4:25 PM IST The Philippines on Sunday said that a 44-year-old Chinese man had died of the new coronavirus, the first fatality outside of China, prompting tighter travel restrictions for both Filipinos and foreigners. The man, who was admitted to a government hospital in Manila on Jan. 25, had developed severe pneumonia, the department said, according to Reuters.

3:06 PM IST India on Sunday suspended e-visa facility for Chinese travellers and foreigners residing in China in view of the coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 300  people, infected 14,562 others and spread to 25 at least countries. The decision “applies to holders of Chinese passports and applicants of other nationalities residing in the People's Republic of China. Holders of already issued e-visas may note that these are no longer valid," said the Indian Embassy, according to news agency PTI.

1:47 PM IST China's central bank says it will inject 1.2 trillion yuan ($173.8 billion) worth of liquidity into the markets via reverse repo operations on Monday, as the country battles a new coronavirus outbreak. The People's Bank of China also said that the total liquidity in the banking system will be 900 billion yuan higher than the same period in 2019, reported Reuters.

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Maldives thanks India for evacuating its seven citizens from coronavirus-hit Wuhan

Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Sunday thanked India for expeditiously evacuating seven Maldivians from Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, saying it was an example of the "outstanding" friendship and camaraderie between the two countries.
 
India has evacuated 647 Indians and seven Maldivian citizens by special flights from Wuhan city. Air India's jumbo B747 made two flights to Wuhan - the ground zero of the coronavirus epidemic. In the first flight on Saturday, 324 Indians were evacuated and on Sunday another 323 Indians and seven Maldivian citizens were flown back.

Govt issues fresh advisory, says anyone with travel history of China since Jan 15 can be quarantined

The government on Sunday issued a new travel advisory asking people to refrain from travelling to China in view of coronavirus outbreak in its Hubei province and said travellers on return from the neighbouring country could be quarantined.
 
In its advisory, the Health Ministry also said anyone with travel history of China since January 15 could be quarantined.
 
The decision of issuing a new travel advisory was taken at a high-level review meeting held by the Cabinet Secretary on the preparedness to deal with novel coronavirus which has now spread to 25 countries.

Situation in China's virus-hit Hubei province "severe and complicated", says vice governor

The situation in Hubei province, the centre of China's virus outbreak, remains "severe and complicated" and medical resources at county level are relatively weak, vice governor Xiao Juhua told a news conference on Sunday.
 
Wang Wei, director of Hubei's science and technology department, told the briefing that the time needed to confirm cases with test kits had halved to no more than two hours, and that the kits' accuracy had improved.

Pakistan acquires testing kits from China for coronavirus diagnosis

Pakistan said on Sunday that it had acquired nearly 1,000 coronavirus testing kits from its all-weather ally China to boost the country's capability of diagnosing the disease which has claimed over 300 lives.
 
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Zafar Mirza took to Twitter to share the development in the wake of concerns that Pakistan lacked capacity to test the deadly virus.

Coronavirus: One patient tests negative in Haryana, report of four others awaited

Of the five patients suspected to have symptoms of coronavirus in Haryana in recent days, one test result has come out as negative, a senior health department official said here on Sunday.
 
Out of these five, one patient has been admitted in the isolation ward at Kalpana  Chawla Government Medical College in Karnal.
 
 

Cocktail of flu, HIV drugs appears to help fight coronavirus: Thai doctors

Thai doctors have seen success in treating severe cases of the new coronavirus with combination of medications for flu and HIV, with initial results showing vast improvement 48 hours after applying the treatment, they said on Sunday.
 
The doctors from Rajavithi Hospital in Bangkok said a new approach in coronavirus treatment had improved the condition of several patients under their care, including one 70-year-old Chinese woman from Wuhan who tested positive for the coronavirus for 10 days.

Chinese FM shifts media briefings online as Coronavirus death toll crosses 300

As the coronavirus outbreak turns virulent in China with the death toll crossing over 300, the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Sunday announced that it will hold its daily media briefings online.
 
The Chinese Foreign Ministry holds the media briefings all weekdays. The briefings remain suspended since January 24 due to Chinese New Year/Spring festival holidays and are due to resume on Monday.

Indonesia bars entry to visitors from China amid evacuation protest

Indonesia on Sunday barred entry to visitors who have been in China for 14 days over concern about coronavirus, as citizens evacuated from Hubei province faced protests by some residents on their return home.
 
There have not been any confirmed cases of coronavirus in Indonesia, but neighbouring Philippines on Sunday reported the first death from the virus outside China.

China intensifies efforts to combat coronavirus as death toll rises to 305

Beijing/Wuhan, Feb 2 (PTI) China on Sunday resorted to more drastic measures like isolating coronavirus patients to designated areas and restricting the movement of residents in regions hit by the rapid spreading virus that has killed 305 people and infected over 14,000 others.
 
The Philippines on Sunday reported the first death outside China from the deadly virus that has spread to 25 countries, including India, taking the total toll to 305.

Coronavirus kills Chinese man in Philippines, first death outside China

The Philippines on Sunday said that a 44-year-old Chinese man had died of the new coronavirus, the first fatality outside of China, prompting tighter travel restrictions for both Filipinos and foreigners. The man, who was admitted to a government hospital in Manila on Jan. 25, had developed severe pneumonia, the department said, according to Reuters.

India suspends e-visa for China travellers

India on Sunday suspended e-visa facility for Chinese travellers and foreigners residing in China in view of the coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 300 
people, infected 14,562 others and spread to 25 at least countries. The decision “applies to holders of Chinese passports and applicants of other nationalities residing in the People's Republic of China. Holders of already issued e-visas may note that these are no longer valid," said the Indian Embassy, according to news agency PTI.

China's central bank says will ensure liquidity

China's central bank says it will inject 1.2 trillion yuan ($173.8 billion) worth of liquidity into the markets via reverse repo operations on Monday, as the country battles a new coronavirus outbreak. The People's Bank of China also said that the total liquidity in the banking system will be 900 billion yuan higher than the same period in 2019, reported Reuters.

South Korea imposes entry restrictions

South Korea will bar entry by foreigners who have visited Hubei Province, the epicentre of a new coronavirus outbreak in China, South Korea's prime minister said on Sunday, according to Yonhap news agency. The entry ban will go into effect on Tuesday, Yonhap reported, citing Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun.

Japan confirms 3 more virus patients

Japan confirmed an additional three cases of the new coronavirus among evacuees from the Chinese city of Wuhan, including one who initially tested negative, the health ministry said on Saturday, bringing the country's total to 20 cases. One of the three, a man in his 40s who had symptoms such as fever and coughing, first tested negative for coronavirus, Reuters reported quoting the the ministry.

India flies home more citizens from Wuhan

India on Sunday airlifted a second batch of 323 stranded Indians and seven Maldivian citizens from China's coronavirus-hit Wuhan city, taking the total number of people evacuated to 654. Air India's jumbo B747 made two flights to Wuhan city.

Philippines reports first death outside China

The Philippines has reported the first death outside China from the coronavirus, the World Health Organization said. The Philippines Department of Health said a 44-year-old man from Wuhan city in central Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak, had died after developing severe pneumonia
 

Over 300 Bangladeshis return home from virus-hit Wuhan on special aircraft

Over 300 Bangladeshis on Saturday returned home from Chinese city Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, on a special aircraft and were quarantined in a facility under military and police vigil, officials said.
 
State-run Biman Airlines' Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft carrying 312 Bangladeshis, including 12 children and three infants, landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) here in afternoon, Biman spokeswomen Tahera Khondoker said..
 
Khondoker said 15 crew and four doctors were on board the special flight.
 
The evacuees were directly escorted to nearby Ashkona Hajj Camp from the airport, where they would have to stay under medical observation for next 14 days as the time is considered as the incubation period of the virus, a Bangladeshi health ministry spokesman said.
 
According to a report in BD News, seven people suffering from fever were sent to hospital after they arrived from Wuhan.
 
The death toll in the coronavirus epidemic has soared to 259 with total confirmed cases surging to 11,791 in China amid stepped up efforts by a number of countries to evacuate their nationals from Hubei province and its capital Wuhan.
 
The virus emerged in early December and has been traced to a market in Wuhan that sold wild animals.
 
The World Health Organisation declared the outbreak a global emergency on Thursday.
 
Bangladesh Foreign Minister A K Abdul Momen during a media briefing with Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Friday said the returnees were not sick, but we don't want to take any risk and they must go through the required medical observations.
 

Apple closes China stores until Feb 9 due to coronavirus outbreak

Apple announced on Saturday the closure of its stores, corporate offices and contact centres in mainland China until February 9 due to the new coronavirus epidemic.

The company said in a statement that it had made the decision "out of an abundance of caution and based on the latest advice from leading health experts".
 


US bars foreigners who recently visited China

The United States of America has declared a public health emergency over the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus and said it would deny entry to any foreign nationals who have visited China in the past two weeks, it was reported on Saturday.

In a public statement on Friday, US Health Secretary Alex Azar said American citizens returning from Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak, would face 14 days of quarantine, while those coming from other parts of China would be allowed to monitor their own condition for a similar period, the BBC said in a report.

"Following the World Health Organization's decision, I have today declared that the coronavirus represents a public health emergency in the US," he told the media.

Citing the need to relieve pressure on authorities, he said that foreign nationals who had travelled in China in the past 14 days would be denied entry to the US.

"The risk of infection for Americans remains low and with these, and our previous, actions we are working to keep the risk low," Azar added.

Another confirmed case in the US on Friday brought the total number to seven.

Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said 191 people were currently under observation

 

Hong Kong could see an almost 2,000 per cent increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases: Report

Hong Kong could see an almost 2,000 per cent increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases over the next two weeks as people return to the city from mainland China after the Lunar New Year holiday, a scientist has claimed.
 
Addressing the media on Friday, Yuan Hsiang-yu of City University, called the start of February a "critical time for the government", the South China Morning Post (SCMP) said in a report.
 
As of Saturday, 259 people were killed due to the coronavirus in China, with a total of 11,791 infected cases. In Hong Kong, the number of cases rose to 13.
 
"The next two weeks will be a critical time for the government," Yuan said.
 
"Scientific estimates of potential cases could help with planning ahead for the manpower needed to track down patients and their contacts."
 
On Thursday, Hong Kong closed six entry points from China and cut flights and bus services to and from the mainland in an effort to curb the spread of the deadly disease.
 

Nepal lacks preparation to handle coronavirus outbreak

Nepal, which has confirmed one case of the deadly novel coronavirus, was not well prepared to spot and contain the fatal disease, which has killed 259 people in China where the epidemic originated, a media report said.
 
"Since it is difficult to spot people who have not developed symptoms, we must quarantine everyone coming into Nepal from countries where coronavirus has been detected for at least two weeks," The Himalayan Times said in the report citing Bibek Kumar Lal, director of the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division, as saying on Friday.
 
But Nepal does not have adequate technology and tools to ensure that the virus does not find its way into the country, Lal added.
 
The Himalayan nation was yet to install thermal scanners at land border points. Although authorities have closed down the Nepal-China border point at Rasuwagadi, others were open for the movement of people.
 
"Health desks at those border points are using digital thermometer to record body temperature of people," said Lal, adding, "Even if we buy thermal scanners, we need controlled environment to place them and it is impossible to set up such facilities at the moment."
 
As of now, Tribhuvan International Airport is the only place in Nepal where a thermal scanner has been installed.
 
Even if people suspected to have contracted coronavirus are spotted in a place like TIA, Nepal does not have proper ambulances to transfer patients to health facilities, according to doctors.
 
But even if suspected patients were taken to hospitals in ordinary ambulances, their disease may not be diagnosed because the National Public Health Laboratory lacks reagents to conduct comprehensive test of the virus.
 
While the Ministry of Health and Population acknowledged these shortcoming, its spokesperson Mahendra Shrestha however, said: "We are working on it," The Himalayan Times report added.
 
Besides Nepal, India and Sri Lanka are the other two South Asian countries to have confirmed one case each.

Two more coronavirus suspects admitted to Delhi's RML

Amid fears of novel coronavirus, two more suspected cases of coronavirus have come to Delhi's Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, that makes a total of 8 suspected cases which are admitted to the hospital. The samples of the two suspected cases have been sent for testing.
 
Speaking to IANS, RML's PRO Smriti Tiwari said: "Two more people suspected to be infected with coronavirus have been admitted to the Hospital. Their samples have been sent for testing."
 
She also said that a total of 8 suspected cases of coronavirus are currently at the RML hospital. "Two males, aging 23-year and 46-year olds have been admitted to the hospital today. One was staying in China for the last 5 years and returned from there on January 24 from Wuhan while the other visited China for 2 months and returned on January 18."
 
There were a total of 6 suspected cases as on January 30, including 4 males, 1 female and an one old admission. The 24-year old female suspected patient had been residing in China since 2015. She returned on January 29. While others were staying in China for as long as 7 years. Some of them were in China for over two months, informed Tiwari.
 
The dreaded virus started spreading from China's Wuhan city. Chinese authorities on Saturday announced that the death toll in the country has increased to 259, with 11,791 infected cases in 31 provincial-level regions.

Another Air India plane to leave for Wuhan at 12:50 pm today

A special Air India plane landed in New Delhi on Saturday morning after evacuating 324 Indian nationals from the novel coronavirus-hit Wuhan and another flight of the airline would leave the national capital for the Chinese city in the afternoon, officials said.
 
The first plane -- Air India's jumbo B747 aircraft carrying 211 students, 110 working professionals and three minors-- reached Delhi around 7.30 am, they said.
 
There were five doctors from Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital and one paramedical staff on board, said an Air India spokesperson. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
 

1,804 passengers screened for coronavirus in Punjab

A total of 1,804 passengers have been screened for novel coronavirus at Amritsar and Mohali airports as well as border check posts of Atari and Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab, Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said.

He said no symptomatic or suspected case of coronavirus has been reported out of these passengers.

Sidhu said the government of India on Friday issued the guidelines that all passengers coming from China after January 15 will be screened and tested.

He said all the passengers coming from China to Punjab after January 15 are being contacted and samples are being taken. Twenty-three samples will be sent for testing at the National Institute of Virology in Pune.

He said 33 passengers with travel history to China had reported in the state, out of which two samples of suspected patients have been tested negative and eight passengers have completed 14 days observation period and the remaining 23 passengers are under regular observation of the Department of Health.
 

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Special flight carrying SL nationals return from Wuhan

A special SriLankan Airlines flight on Saturday landed Colombo with Sri Lankan students and their family members, who were stranded in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the deadly novel coronavirus outbreak.
 
According to authorities, they will be quarantined at the Diyatalawa army camp, reports the Daily Mirror newspaper.
 
The flag carrier's special UL-1422 flight departed for Wuhan at 3.45 p.m. from the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) on Friday.
 
The Foreign Relations Ministry said that as of January 30, the estimated number of Sri Lankan students and family members remaining in China has declined to 284, from the estimated 864 when the outbreak was first reported.
 
The statement said 580 persons have returned to Sri Lanka.
 
Meanwhile, Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Ltd. (AASL) have confirmed that proactive measures were being taken to identify, create awareness and to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, which has so far killed 259 people in China, within the BIA premises.
 
"We are following the procedure outlined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus infection and some of world's most advanced airports," AASL Chairman Rtd. Major General G.A. Chandrasiri told the Daily Financial Times.
 
"In the past few days, we have had only four suspicious travellers who came from the airport, and it has been confirmed that they were not infected with coronavirus," he added.
 
The developments come after Sri Lanka confirmed its first coronavirus case, making it the third country in South Asia after India and Nepal also reported one case each.

Another Air India special flight will depart today at 12:50 pm from Delhi for Wuhan

Indian nationals from Wuhan brought ITBP Chhawla Camp for medical observation

UK confirms first coronavirus cases as outbreak spreads globally

The UK confirmed its first two cases of novel coronavirus on Friday, while the US and Japan advised citizens to avoid travelling to China. This came hours after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a global health emergency.
 
“The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries,” the WHO said, raising concerns over the effects it would have if the virus spreads to countries with weaker health systems.
 
Cases around the world rose to 9,950, surpassing the number officially reported during the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic. The death toll in China has climbed to 213. The country announced it will send charter flights to bring back its citizens from Wuhan who are overseas. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

McDonald's to Toyota, companies fear for business in China

Some companies have warned that a coronavirus outbreak in China that has killed more than 250 people and infected thousands could disrupt supply chains or hurt bottom lines as factories and shops shut and airlines suspend flights. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

Air India flight with 324 Indians from China lands in Delhi

Air India's jumbo B747 plane, evacuating 324 Indian nationals from the novel coronavirus-hit Wuhan in China, landed in Delhi on Saturday morning, officials said.
 
The plane reached Delhi around 7.30 am, they said.
 
There were five doctors from Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital and one paramedical staff on board, said an Air India spokesperson.
 
The Indian Army has set up a quarantine facility in Manesar near Delhi to keep those evacuated from China's Hubei province.
 
Officials said they would be monitored for any signs of infection for a duration of two weeks by a qualified team of doctors and staff members. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
 

Coronavirus death toll in China rises to 259; Wuhan quarantine continues

The total number of deaths from a coronavirus epidemic in China had reached 259 by the end of Friday, an increase of 46, state broadcaster CCTV said, citing numbers from the country's National Health Commission.
 
There were 2,102 new confirmed infections in China during the day, bringing the cumulative total to 11,791. The local health commission of Hubei province, the epicentre of the epidemic, earlier on Saturday reported 45 new deaths from the outbreak on Friday. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Photo: PTI

Counters setup to check for infected passengers at Guwahati airport

In view of the coronavirus outbreak in China, the Airports Authority of India, North East Region, has set up counters at the international airport here to screen for infected passengers, according to a release issued on Friday. The Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi airport is the only in the North East region with international flight movement from Singapore and Bhutan, it said. Special screening, testing and checking counters have been set up with the help of the Assam government, the release said.

Coronavirus: Counters setup to check for infected passengers at Guwahati airport

In view of the coronavirus outbreak in China, the Airports Authority of India, North East Region, has set up counters at the international airport here to screen for infected passengers, according to a release issued on Friday.
 
The Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi airport is the only in the North East region with international flight movement from Singapore and Bhutan, it said.

China slams US for travel warning over coronavirus: Statement

Beijing on Friday sharply criticised the United States for warning American citizens to avoid China and for urging those already there to leave due to the coronavirus health emergency.
 
"Certain US officials' words and actions are neither factual nor appropriate," China's foreign affairs ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said in a statement.

14 students return from Wuhan to Akola in Maharashtra

Fourteen students who were studying at Wuhan in China, the epicenter of novel coronavirus outbreak, have returned to Akola district in Maharashtra in the last two weeks, health officials said on Friday. These students were screened at the Mumbai airport and then again at local hospitals, and none of them had symptoms of coronavirus, officials said.
 
After their return, each of them underwent medical examination at least four times, but none was hospitalised as they did not show infection symptoms. 

Panic in markets: If Coronavirus is not tamed, trade with China may slump

With the outbreak of coronavirus causing panic in the global financial markets, Indian exporters see a reason to worry if the situation in China deteriorates and the virus is not tamed soon. The real impact of trade can be gauged after February 8 when the Chinese New Year holidays end. READ MORE HERE

Procedure for incoming students from Wuhan

Indian Army officials said the procedure of screening and quarantining of people being evacuated from China will comprise two steps. The first one will be at the Indira Gandhi International airport, followed by their detailed screening at the Manesar facility, an official said. "If any individual is suspected to be infected, he/she will be shifted to the isolation ward at Base Hospital Delhi Cantonment (BHDC)," he said. Any individual with any sign of fever, cough or any respiratory distress will be directly transferred to BHDC.
 
People who have no symptom of the coronavirus infection but have met any suspected coronavirus-infected person will be escorted in an earmarked vehicle directly to the quarantine facility.

Chinese official says slow response made virus epidemic worse

China's delayed response to the discovery of a deadly new coronavirus infection worsened the epidemic, the most senior official from the city at the centre of the outbreak said Friday.
 
More than 210 people have died and nearly 10,000 others have been infected in China by the SARS-like virus and new cases have been found abroad, with more than 20 countries now affected by the disease.

China ambassador says no need for 'unnecessary panic' over virus

China is decisively working to control the deadly outbreak of the novel coronavirus, its ambassador in Geneva said Friday, insisting there was no need for countries impose "excessive measures" like border closures.

"There is no need for unnecessary panic, and no need for excessive measures," Ambassador Chen Xu told reporters in Geneva.

Four more samples from Tamil Nadu sent for tests

Four more samples of patients with symptoms of the novel coronavirus have been sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune for tests, Telangana Minister E Rajender said here on Friday. No positive case of the virus has so far been detected in the state, he said. The coronavirus epidemic in China has so far claimed 231 lives and total number of infections have touched 9,692.

EAM Jaishankar thanks Chinese FM Wang Yi for help in evacuation of Indians from Wuhan

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday thanked his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi for China's cooperation in the evacuation of a group of Indians from Wuhan city in Hubei province, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.
 
After his telephonic conversation with Wang, Jaishankar, in a tweet, said both sides agreed to stay in touch as China dealt with the challenge of the novel coronavirus.

Kerala: Condition of Coronavirus patient improving

The condition of the girl, who had tested positive for novel Coronavirus (nCov) in Kerala is improving and has been shifted to the Thrissur Medical College for better treatment and care, said Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja. The Minister said those admitted to hospital with symptoms are not critical and asked people not to get panic. She once again requested people who have returned from China to report at the nearest health centres, and urged them not to attend public functions, including marriages.  
 
 
 

Facebook working to provide helpful coronavirus information

Facebook says it's working to help limit the spread of misinformation and harmful content about the coronavirus and will focus on providing helpful information to people. Kang-Xing Jin, Facebook's head of health, said in a post that the social media platform's third-party fact-checkers are reviewing content and debunking false claims related to the coronavirus. Facebook is also removing content with false claims or conspiracy theories that have been flagged by global health organisations and local health authorities, particularly focusing on claims designed to discourage treatment or taking appropriate precautions.

India bans export of protection equipment, including clothing, masks

India bans export of all kinds of personal protection equipment, including clothing and masks used to protect people from air borne particles, amid coronavirus outbreak in China. 

Air India flight lands in Wuhan for evacuation

Special Sri Lankan chartered plane to bring back citizens

Sri Lanka on Friday chartered a special plane to evacuate 33 students stuck in China's Wuhan city, the epicentre of coronavirus epidemic that has claimed 213 lives so far. Sri Lankan Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said the special aircraft departed from Negombo's Katunayake airport. "Hopefully they would be able to return tonight. They will be arriving at the special section of the arrival terminal," Wanniarachchi told reporters. "Sri Lanka Army will take them in a special bus which will provide all required health facilities to Diyathalawa, a military facility in the central region," Wanniarachchi said.

Germany expects coronavirus vaccine within months

Germany's research minister said on Friday she expected a vaccine for coronavirus to be developed within months. "If we want to contain this illness then it is good if we have a vaccine in a relatively short time and we assume this will be in a few months," said Research Minister Anja Karliczek. She made the announcement after biopharmaceutical company CureVac AG and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) said they were working together to develop a vaccine against the virus, first detected in China in December.

Russia confirms first two coronavirus cases

Two Chinese citizens have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Russia's first cases since the deadly outbreak emerged in China, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said Friday The two cases were registered in the Zabaikalsky and Tyumen regions of Siberia, Russian news agencies reported. She also said Russia would evacuate citizens from China because of the virus.

All ports on constant vigil to prevent coronovirus spread: Shipping ministry

All ports have been asked to scan people disembarking from ships to prevent spreading of the deadly coronavirus through sea route, a senior official said on Friday. 
 
A global emergency is declared by the World Health Organisation over the outbreak of coronavirus as the deadly virus continues to spread outside China. "India has already issued advisories and put processes in place on coronavirus. The situation is monitored closely at the top level," Satinder Pal Singh, joint secretary in the shipping ministry, said.

Singapore bars arrivals from China over virus fears

Singapore on Friday announced a sweeping ban on arrivals and transit passengers from mainland China as authorities toughened measures to prevent the spread of a deadly virus. The move was a dramatic expansion of earlier measures by Singapore that affected only arrivals from central Hubei province and came after the World Health Organization declared the new coronavirus an international emergency.

Army sets up quarantine facility in Manesar for 300 students returning from Hubei

Officials said the Indian Army has created the facility near Manesar where the students can be monitored for any signs of infection for a duration of two weeks by a qualified team of doctors and staff members. An Air India flight was sent to Wuhan on Friday to bring back the Indian students stuck in Hubei province, the epicentre of coronavirus. The flight is expected to reach India at around 2 am on Saturday.

Coronavirus: Families of home quarantined advised to postpone weddings

The Kerala government on Friday asked families of those who return from novel coronavirus-hit regions to postpone marriages inorder to prevent a possible outbreak of the disease in the state.
 
A day after a medical student from Wuhan tested positive for Coronavirus, the state government strengthened its resolve to check the spread of illness to others and directed those coming from China and other affected regions to strictly remain under home quarantine.
 
State Health Minister K K Shailaja, who is leading the fight against the disease, advised postponement of marriages in those families, where people came from the virus affected regions.

Pak halts flights to and from China till Feb 2 as coronavirus induced death toll rises: Official

Pakistan on Friday halted flights to and from China until February 2 as a precautionary measure after the death toll due to coronavirus epidemic spiked to 213, with the WHO declaring it a global health emergency, officials said.
 
The death toll rose to 213, mostly of elderly people, after 43 new deaths all but one in Hubei, the epicentre of the outbreak, China's national health authorities said, adding that 1,982 new cases had been confirmed, bringing the total to 9,692.
 

Army creates a facility near Manesar

UK confirms first 2 cases of coronavirus

The UK government on Friday confirmed the first two cases of the deadly coronavirus in the country and said the patients were members of the same family who were receiving specialist care.
 
The UK's Department for Health stressed that the National Health Service (NHS) is "well-prepared" to deal with the virus, which originated in Wuhan in China and has claimed 213 lives there.
 
“We can confirm that two patients in England, who are members of the same family, have tested positive for coronavirus,” said Chris Whitty, the UK's Chief Medical Officer.
 
“The patients are receiving specialist NHS care, and we are using tried and tested infection control procedures to prevent further spread of the virus. The NHS is extremely well-prepared and used to managing infections and we are already working rapidly to identify any contacts the patients had, to prevent further spread,” he said.

Coronavirus: ITBP creates 600-bedded facility in south Delhi

Border guarding force ITBP has prepared a 600-bedded facility in Delhi to quarantine and provide basic medical care to those suspected to have been affected by coronavirus, a senior official said on Friday.
 
The facility is operational in an Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) camp in south-west Delhi's Chhawla area, its spokesperson Vivek Kumar Pandey said.
 
A team of doctors will be present at the facility, which has about 600 beds and has been prepared in the wake of the cornovirus outbreak, he said.
 
Special arrangements have been made to host children and women at this quarantined facility, Pandey said.
 
Those kept at the centre will be provided with food, water and other basic amenities.
 
The about 90,000 personnel strong force is primarily tasked to guard the 3,488-km Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China under the command of the Union home ministry.

CEA KV Subramanian said the impact of coronavirus on the Indian economy should be very marginal

CEA KV Subramanian said the impact of coronavirus on the Indian economy should be very marginal. "I don't think there will be that big an impact on the economy," he said.

Coronavirus outbreak: 6 suspected cases admitted to RML hospital

Six persons, suspected of being affected by the novel coronavirus, have been kept under observation at an isolation ward of RML hospital here and their are tests reports are awaited, hospital sources said.

US tells its citizens 'do not travel' to China

United States told its citizens "do not travel" to China, raising its advisory status to the highest level of alert 
 

Japan speeds up new virus measures as more evacuees arrive

Japan will fast-track new rules to limit the spread of a coronavirus, the prime minister Shinzo Abe said.

India prepares to evacuate citizens from Wuhan

Air India B747 aircraft to depart from Delhi at 12.30 pm to evacuate Indian nationals from China, say officials

Families of 58 youths from AP, Telangana stranded in Wuhan seek govt's help

Families of 58 engineers from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana stranded in China's Wuhan city due to coronavirus outbreak have requested the Centre to ensure the repatriation of the youth at the earliest.
 
The youngsters had gone to Wuhan for their training and are part of a group of 58-member staff in a Chinese company. The parents of youths are asking the state and the Centre to bring their wards back home at earliest.

Man admitted in MP hospital for suspected coronavirus

A man, who recently returned from China, was on Thursday admitted in a hospital here in Madhya Pradesh for suspected coronavirus infection, said a health department official. Chief Medical and Health Officer Mridul Saxena said the man visited the OPD of Murar District Hospital with symptoms of cough and cold. When doctors enquired further, the man told them he had returned from China, from where the novel coronavirus outbreak has been reported, just a week back. Read more...

Odisha says no fear of bird flu or coronavirus in state

Dealing with the twin issues of avian influenza or bird flu and novel coronavirus, the Odisha government on Thursday said there is nothing to panic as the administration has taken adequate measures to tackle any threat.
 
No human being has so far either been infected to the avian influenza or the novel coronavirus (nCoV), said health and family welfare secretary N B Dhal. Read more...

Coronavirus spread from wife to husband in Chicago

US health officials said Thursday they had identified the first case of a person who had caught the 2019 Novel Coronavirus from another person on American soil, a man who contracted the illness from his wife.
 
"The second person in Illinois testing positive for the Novel Coronavirus is a Chicago resident and is the spouse of the first confirmed travel associated case in Illinois," said Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more...

Formula 1 will alter calendar for coronavirus if needed

Formula One is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak in China and will modify its race calendar if necessary.
 
Amid growing concern about the spread of the virus, international sports have been postponed and Olympic qualifying tournaments in soccer, basketball and boxing have been taken elsewhere. The F1 race in Shanghai is scheduled for April 19 and may be at risk of being postponed or canceled. Read more...

Five more persons admitted to Delhi's RML hospital for possible exposure to novel coronavirus

Five more persons -- four men and one woman -- have been admitted to the Centre-run RML hospital for a possible exposure to novel coronavirus which has killed 170 people in China and is spreading worldwide.
 
India reported its first case of novel Coronavirus in Kerala on Thursday and the patient has been kept in an isolation ward, the Union health ministry said.
 

Cabinet Secy reviews preparation to deal with coronavirus

Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Thursday reviewed the country's preparedness to deal with coronavirus as the first case was reported from Kerala. A female medical student of a university in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, tested positive for the virus that has killed 170 people in China and is spreading worldwide.
 
"The patient tested positive for novel coronavirus and is in isolation in a hospital," the Health Ministry said. Read more...

Another coronavirus suspect under scanner in Jaipur

After a person suspected for coronavirus tested negative, another suspected case was admitted to SMS Hospital on Wednesday. A resident of Chomu (Jaipur), the man had returned from China on January 13. His blood samples have been sent to the National Virology Lab in Pune and the report is awaited, according to health officials. To improve awareness, a video conferencing was organised during the day with the central health ministry for the state health officials, reported IANS.

Govt reaches out to over 600 Indians in China's coronavirus-hit Hubei

The government has reached out to over 600 Indians living in China's Hubei province, the epicentre of coronavirus, to ascertain their willingness to be brought back to India.
 
India has already approached Chinese authorities to allow it to send two flights to Wuhan, the capital of Hubei, to bring back Indian nationals from the province. Read more...

China virus triggers global rush for protective masks

From South Korea to the Czech Republic, China's coronavirus outbreak has triggered a massive surge in demand for protective masks, with factories scrambling to fill orders and shops selling out.
 
The virus, which first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has killed 170 people and infected more than 8,000. It spreads through droplets from coughs and sneezes.

IMF says too soon to quantify China's coronavirus economic impact

The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday it is closely monitoring China's coronavirus outbreak, but it is too soon to quantify the potential economic impact of the virus that is halting tourism and commerce throughout the country.
 
IMF spokesman Gerry Rice told a regular news briefing that the direct impact on consumer and business demand been most severe in Hubei Province, the outbreak's epicenter, and the extent of the impact depends on how quickly the virus subsides.

Five more patients admitted at Delhi hospital

Wuhan medical college student found positive for coronavirus

A positive case of Novel coronavirus has been detected in Kerala's Thrissur district and the patient kept in an isolation ward while the number of people under observation in the state rose to 1,053 on Thursday as the Left government scrambled to tackle the emergency.
 
The condition of the woman patient, a medical student from Wuhan university, was "stable", said state Health minister K K Shailaja. Read more...

Roche says closed Chinese cities hinder virus diagnostics test deliveries

According to Reuters' report, Swiss drugmaker Roche is struggling to deliver diagnostic tests for the coronavirus to large Chinese cities after Communist Party rulers halted people from entering and leaving in a bid to halt the spreading outbreak. "Getting the goods to hospitals has been a real challenge," Roche diagnostics boss Thomas Schinecker told reporters on Thursday. 

Coronavirus: Test results of nine samples awaited in Telangana

Results of tests on samples of nine people from Telangana for possible exposure to the novel coronavirus were awaited, Health authorities said on Thursday. So far, no positive case of the virus has been detected in the state since its outbreak in China where it has claimed 170 lives in the past weeks.
 
Of the nine people, who had returned from China, two are under observation in hospitals while the others are in their houses and being monitored by health officials, they said. Read more...

Suspected coronavirus patient admitted to AIIMS in Rishikesh

A woman suspected of suffering from coronavirus was admitted to Rishikesh's All-India Institute of Medical Sciences on Thursday, the first such case in Uttarakhand. The woman, a student of medical science in Kunming City of China's Yunnan province, had come to India on January 22, an AIIMS official said. She has been kept at the isolation ward of the AIIMS and her blood samples have been sent to the Pune-based National Institute of Virology for examination, AIIMS PRO Harish Thapliyal said.

Ministry of Shipping on high alert amid coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus: Three discharged in Mumbai; 9 still under watch

Maharashtra health officials on Thursday discharged three patients quarantined at a hosptial here under suspicion of coronavirus infection after their second samples also tested negative for the deadly pathogen, an official said.
 
Also, two more patients were admitted in the hospital on Thursday on suspicion of their possible exposure to the coronavirus, whose outbreak was reported from Wuhan city of China, he said. Read more...

Novel coronavirus can derail Chinese smartphone makers' India plans in 2020

Novel Coronavirus can derail Chinese smartphone makers' India plans in 2020 as China lockdown in the long run can severely impact the flow of key components required to assemble smartphones at their manufacturing plants in India.

"The long-term impact of Coronavirus will impact upcoming smartphone launches as various brands will find it difficult to maintain their time-to-market planning in the wake of delay in SKD arriving in India," said Tarun Pathak, Associate Director, Counterpoint Research. Read more...

Kolkata Port Trust chairman says precautions taken against coronavirus

The Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) has taken safety precautions in the light of the spread of coronavirus beyond China and the foreign crews coming to the port are required to undergo thermal scanning.

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KoPT Chairman Vinit Kumar said the KoPT has taken precautions against the virus and most of the vessels at KoPT are coming from ports like Singapore, Port Klang, Colombo and some other ports in South East Asia. Read more...

South Korea reports local human-to-human virus transmission

South Korea on Thursday reported the first local case of human-to-human transmission of the deadly virus that has killed 170 people in China and spread to more than a dozen countries.
 
The announcement comes as international airlines are either suspending or paring back services in and out of China in a bid to halt the virus reaching further.
 

Coronovirus to impact Chinese phone brands, delay launches in India

Novel Coronavirus can derail Chinese smartphone makers' India plans in 2020 as China lockdown in the long run can severely impact the flow of key components required to assemble smartphones at their manufacturing plants in India.

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According to industry experts, if the lockdown continues for over a month or so, it will hamper the time-to-market strategy of nearly all Chinese brands as China provides bulk of various semi-knocked down (SKD) components like memory chips, touch panels/cover glasses along with semiconductors for smartphone assembling lines in India. Read more...

Centre making all efforts to ensure diagnosis, treatment of Coronavirus: Health Minister

After India's first case of the coronavirus was confirmed in Kerala, Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Thursday assured that the Centre is making best efforts to diagnose and treat the disease.
 
"Even before the first confirmed case we were doing our best to ensure diagnosis and then to treat it if any positive cases of Coronavirus arise," Harsh Vardhan said. Read more...

South Korea reports local human-to-human virus transmission

South Korea on Thursday reported the first local case of human-to-human transmission of the deadly virus that has killed 170 people in China and spread to more than a dozen countries.
 
The announcement comes as international airlines are either suspending or paring back services in and out of China in a bid to halt the virus reaching further. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Korea confirmed two more cases Thursday, bringing the total six. Read more...

UK delays Wuhan evacuation, cites China clearance issues

Britain postponed the planned evacuation on Thursday of around 200 of its citizens from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the epicentre of a deadly virus outbreak.
 
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he hoped the charter flight would leave on Thursday evening subject to getting the necessary clearance from Beijing.

India reaches out to over 600 Indians in coronavirus-hit Hubei province

The government has reached out to over 600 Indians living in China's Hubei province, the epicentre of coronavirus, to ascertain their willingness to be brought back to India.
 
India has already approached Chinese authorities to allow it to send two flights to Wuhan, the capital of Hubei, to bring back Indian nationals from the province.

Five people in France confirmed to have coronavirus

The daughter of a Chinese tourist who is seriously ill in a Paris hospital has become the fifth person in France to be confirmed with the coronavirus, officials have said.
 
Her 80-year-old father was the fourth confirmed case in France of the new coronavirus that has killed more than 100 people since it emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December.
 

China assures India of cooperation in epidemic prevention and control

China on Thursday said it is closely watching the report about one confirmed case of the Coronavirus in India, and assured cooperation to the Indian side in jointly strengthening the epidemic prevention and control.
 
Chinese Embassy Spokesperson Ji Rong said the mission has maintained close communication with the Indian government on the issue by briefing regularly on the novel Coronavirus (nCoV) development and China's efforts in preventing and controlling. Read more...

Coronavirus scare: Rajasthan to identify, examine travellers from China

The Rajasthan government on Thursday said it will identify all travellers arriving in the state from China and get them examined in view of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Additional Chief Secretary (Medical and Health) Rohit Kumar Singh gave this information during a video conference with the Union Health Ministry. Read more...

Doctors' body warns of possible spread of coronavirus to Kashmir Valley

A doctors' body on Thursday warned that there was a potential threat of novel coronavirus spreading to Kashmir as tourists from around the world visit the valley. President of the Doctors Association of Kashmir (DAK) Suhail Naik said China is located near India and there were chances of coronavirus reaching the valley as it is a tourist destination. Read more...

China allocates $4 billion to combat coronavirus

China on Thursday allocated nearly $4 billion funding to support efforts to contain the dreaded coronavirus as the death toll from the epidemic jumped to 170, with the foundations of Jack Ma and Bill & Melinda Gates also opening their wallets to help in the fight against the outbreak.
 
The coronavirus outbreak began in Wuhan, capital of China's Hubei province, in December and has now spread across the globe. The Chinese authorities are trying to contain the epidemic while other countries, including India, are working on plans to evacuate their citizens from Wuhan and other cities in Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak. Read more...
 

Willing to maintain close communication with India on coronavirus: Chinese Embassy

China on Thursday expressed its keenness to continue maintaining close communication with the Government of India regarding its efforts to deal with the situation arising out of coronavirus outbreak.
 
"We are willing to continue to maintain close communication with the Indian side, provide necessary assistance and convenience to ensure the health and safety of Indian citizens in China, and address their legitimate concerns timely," said Counselor Ji Rong, spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy here, on Thursday. Read more...

Jack Ma pledges $14 million for developing coronavirus vaccine

Jack Ma, founder of the e-commerce giant Alibaba and the richest man in China, has donated $14 million towards the development of a vaccine to combat the deadly coronavirus.
 
The donations were made through Jack's charitable foundation, out of which 5.8 million dollars would be handed over to two research organizations of the Chinese government, whereas the rest would go towards "prevention and treatment", New York Post quoted CNN. Read more...

Ikea closes all stores in China over new coronavirus

Swedish furniture giant Ikea said Thursday it will close all of its Chinese stores "until further notice," in response to the spread of the new deadly coronavirus. The company said that it had "temporarily closed all of the 30 stores in mainland China until further notice, effective from January 30."
 
Ikea announced Wednesday that it had already closed half of its stores in the country, after first announcing last week the closure of its store in Wuhan, where the outbreak of the new coronavirus started in late 2019. Read more...

Coronavirus: Central team to visit Maharashtra for review

With at least 10 persons quarantined in three hospitals across Maharashtra for possible exposure to novel coronavirus, a central health department team is likely to visit the state soon to take a review of the preparedness for prevention and management of the disease, an official said on Thursday. 

At least 27 persons are under observation in the state and as a precautionary measure 10 of them have been quarantined -- six at Kasturba Hospital in Mumbai, three at Pune's Naidu Hospital and another at a hospital in Nanded. Read more...
 

India prepares to evacuate its citizens from virus-hit Wuhan on Friday

India was preparing to evacuate its citizens on Friday from China's Wuhan city, the epicentre of the deadly choronavirus that has killed 170 people, infected 7,711 others and spread to at least 17 countries.
 
India had requested China for permission to operate two flights to bring back its nationals from worst-affected central Hubei province.
 

Coronavirus outbreak: Manufacturers increase N95 mask production

In the backdrop of the threat posed by coronavirus, the manufacturers here are working extra hours to produce N95 masks in order to meet the high demand from China and domestic users as well. Abhilash, a manager with AM Mediwear, said the N95 mask has six layers, which will not allow micro bacteria or the virus to pass through.
 
"Around 150 labourers have been involved in producing the masks. Normal masks have two or three layers, but N95 holds six layers of filters, which won't even allow a micro substance to pass through. We are also manufacturing shoe wear, head cover, and are packed as a kit," Abhilash told ANI. Read more...

Exporters ask govt to review possible impact of virus on trade with China

Exporters on Thursday urged the government to review the possible impact of deadly Coronavirus on trade as China is one of the top trading partners for India. The Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) said that if the problem persists for long, it may impact domestic mobile manufacturers as they import certain components from China.
 
"Mobile exporters may face issues if the problem will continue for long as they import lot of components from the neighbouring country," FIEO Director General Ajaya Sahai said. Read more...
 

Govt conducting regular review of situation arising due to outbreak of coronavirus: MEA

China orders increased food production over price rise

China ordered its farmers to ramp up food production on Thursday following days of rising prices, with agricultural supplies disrupted by a deadly viral outbreak.
 
The government in Beijing has taken extraordinary steps to combat the spread of the new coronavirus, restricting transport across the country and effectively locking down more than 50 million people in Hubei province, the epicentre of the disease. Read more...
 

'Hidden' animal spreading deadly Chinese coronavirus: Lancet study

While bats may be the original hosts of the novel Chinese coronavirus, an animal sold at a seafood market in Wuhan may be spreading the deadly virus to humans, a study published in The Lancet journal suggests.
 
The analysis of 10 gene sequences of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from nine patients in the central Chinese city of Wuhan found that the virus is most closely related to two bat-derived SARS-like coronaviruses.
 
The researchers, including those from the Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences in China, said that their analysis suggests that bats might be the original host of the virus. Read more...

Coronavirus chaos in China's sporting calendar

China suspended all football in the country Thursday, hours after the World Indoor Athletics Championships and World Cup skiing were postponed, adding to a long list of sports events hit by the coronavirus outbreak.
 
The world's most populous country has become an increasing powerhouse in hosting international sport in recent years but has had its 2020 sporting calendar thrown into chaos. Read more...

As coronavirus toll rises, nations begin to isolate citizens to stop spread

Several countries began isolating hundreds of citizens evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan in an effort to stop the global spread of an epidemic which has killed 170, with South Korea calling for calm in the face of protests at a quarantine centre.Asian stocks and currencies fell on Thursday as fatalities rose and more cases were reported around the world.

China's National Health Commission said the total number of confirmed deaths from the coronavirus in the country climbed to 170 as of late Wednesday and the number of infected patients rose to 7,711. Read more...
 

Russia to shut border with China over coronavirus

Russia said on Thursday it was closing its border with China to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus and would stop issuing electronic visas to Chinese nationals. Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin told a government meeting that the order had been signed "to take measures to close the border (with China) in the Far East". "We have to do everything to protect our people," he said. Read more...
 

Kazakhstan detains two for spreading coronavirus rumours

Two ambulance drivers were detained for spreading rumours about a coronavirus infection in Kazakhstan, a Central Asian country that borders China, Kazakh police said. The two men were detained on suspicion of "spreading false information about an illness from the coronavirus," said Sergei Neznayev, a spokesman for police in the region surrounding Kazakhstan's largest city Almaty. Read more...

Tripura man dies of coronavirus in Malaysia, claims family

A 23-year-old man from Tripura died in a Malaysian hospital after being infected from a new strain of coronavirus, his family member has claimed. The youth, identified as Manir Hossain, hailed from Purathal Rajnagar village in Madhupur police station area. He had gone to Malaysia back in 2018 and used to work there in a restraunt. Speaking to ANI, Hossain's grandfather Abdul Rahim said that he received the news of his grandson's death from the Malaysian authorities on Wednesday morning. Read more...

3 men in isolation in Delhi hospital test negative for coronavirus

All the three men kept under observation at an isolation ward of the RML Hospital here for possible exposure to novel coronavirus have tested negative, a Health ministry official said. So far 38 samples from all over India have been tested at the Pune laboratory and all have tested negative, the official said, adding there is no confirmed case of novel coronavirus in the country. Read more...
 

China suspends sporting events

China suspended all football in the country Thursday, hours after the World Indoor Athletics Championships and World Cup skiing were postponed, adding to a long list of sports events hit by the coronavirus outbreak.
 
The world's most populous country has become an increasing powerhouse in hosting international sport in recent years but has had its 2020 sporting calendar thrown into chaos. Read More

Ikea closes all stores in China over new coronavirus

Swedish furniture giant Ikea said on Thursday it will close all of its Chinese stores "until further notice," in response to the spread of the new deadly coronavirus.
 
The company said that it had "temporarily closed all of the 30 stores in mainland China until further notice, effective from January 30."
 
Ikea announced on Wednesday that it had already closed half of its stores in the country, after first announcing last week the closure of its store in Wuhan, where the outbreak of the new coronavirus started in late 2019. The some 14,000 staff working for Ikea in China were "asked to stay at home until further notice with paid leave," Ikea said.

Virus fears spark mask queues and empty shelves in Hong Kong

Long queues form at pharmacies and crowds of panic-buyers strip supermarket shelves in Hong Kong as fears spread through the crowded metropolis over China's new coronavirus epidemic.
 
As a city that lost nearly 300 people to the SARS virus in 2003, Hong Kongers are taking few chances over the latest disease outbreak that began in central China and has since spread. Read More

 

Exporters ask govt to to review possible impact of deadly Coronavirus on trade

Exporters on Thursday urged the government to review the possible impact of deadly Coronavirus on trade as China is one of the top trading partners for India.
 
The Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) said that if the problem persists for long, it may impact domestic mobile manufacturers as they import certain components from China.
 
"Mobile exporters may face issues if the problem will continue for long as they import lot of components from the neighbouring country," FIEO Director General Ajaya Sahai said.
 
He added that certain Indian exporters have received inquiries from Hong Kong and China for import of N72 masks.

Coronavirus patient in Kerala stable: Govt

The patient is a student of Wuhan University. Read More

First case of infection reported in Kerala

The patient is stable and is being closely monitored.

First case of infection reported in Kerala

The patient has tested positive for Novel Coronavirus and is in isolation in the hospital.
 

First case of infection reported in Kerala

One positive case of Novel Coronavirus patient, of a student studying in Wuhan University, has been reported in Kerala.

 

Other commodity markets affected

Palm oil prices slumped as much as 10% on Tuesday as traders reacted to the widening shutdowns of offices, malls and factories within China.
 
Palm oil is used mainly in food courts and by catering companies in China, the second-largest palm importer behind India, so reduced consumption is expected over the near to medium term.
 

What commodity markets been impacted most?

  • Oil prices slumped to 3-month lows this week in response to the widening spread of the virus in China, the world's top oil importer, prompting OPEC to look to extend current oil output cuts until at least June from March, as well as consider deeper cuts if oil demand is badly hit.
  • China is the second-largest oil refiner and a critical growth engine for the global economy, so any material contraction in Chinese economic activity is expected to have far-reaching repercussions across several industries.
  • The aviation sector was a high-profile coronavirus casualty, with scores of flights to and from China cancelled this week.
  • Jet fuel prices and production margins in Asia slumped in response, hurting refiners and fuel exporters.
  • Greatly reduced mobility within China also hit gasoline demand, with Asia's benchmark gasoline price falling the most in four years on Tuesday.

China's women's football team quarantine 'pre-planned': AFC

The decision to quarantine China's national women's team in an Australian hotel because of the deadly coronavirus outbreak "was pre-planned", a top Asian football official said Thursday.
 
The Chinese team is being kept in a Brisbane hotel after arriving in Australia reportedly via Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak and where an Olympic qualifying tournament was originally due to be held.
 
The event, which also involves Australia, Taiwan and Thailand, was on Sunday moved to Sydney, with matches scheduled to be played next week.

A number of sports events have either been postponed or moved outside of China since the outbreak of the deadly virus in Wuhan.
 
The Chinese Football Association on Thursday suspended all domestic matches and postponed next month's scheduled start of the top-flight season indefinitely.
 
Windsor John, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) general secretary, said that the move to quarantine China's women's team was planned by the Chinese Football Association (CFA) and Australian authorities.
 
"It is to allow for a two-week quarantine and it will be ending on the day of the first match," he told AFP.
 
"No drama to this. It was pre-planned."

Air India pilots union sounds caution on Wuhan evacuation flights

With Air India preparing to operate flights to evacuate Indians from Wuhan in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic, a pilots' union of the carrier has said the airline cannot afford any mistakes and risk spreading the infection.
 
In a letter to Air India chief Ashwani Lohani, the Indian Pilots' Guild (IPG) said the mission would be quite different from usual rescue and relief efforts, and presents new challenges as well as obstacles to overcome.

"... due to the long incubation period of this virus, post mission support for all personnel and equipment involved in this mission is crucial well after the completion of a flight," it said.
 
The union has around 600 members. Two flights are set to be operated to bring back Indian nationals from China's Hubei province, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.

Tibet reports first confirmed case of coronavirus

Tibet reported its first confirmed case of coronavirus on Thursday, involving a person hailing from the Chinese province of Hubei, local health authorities said.
 
The 34-year old patient, surnamed Zhang from the city of Suizhou had arrived in Lhasa by train from Wuhan on January 24 and was hospitalised the next day, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Three Japanese evacuated from Wuhan tested positive for coronavirus

Three Japanese nationals who are among more than 200 evacuated people from the Chinese city of Wuhan have been tested positive for the new strain of coronavirus, Japan's Health Ministry said on Thursday.

KLM says it will scrap some flights to China due to the coronavirus outbreak

KLM, the Dutch arm of Air France KLM, will scrap some flights to China due to the coronavirus outbreak in the North Asian country, it said late on Wednesday.
 
Starting on Friday, direct flights to Chengdu and Hangzhou will be suspended, while the number flights to Shanghai will be reduced from 11 to 7 per week.

Human spread of virus in 3 countries outside China worrying: WHO chief

The person-to-person spread of the new coronavirus in three countries - Germany, Vietnam and Japan - is worrying and will be considered by experts reconvened to consider declaring a global emergency, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

WHO lauds Chinese response to coronavirus, says world "at important juncture"

The World Health Organization (WHO) praised China on Wednesday for its efforts to tackle the new coronavirus outbreak and expressed optimism that the transmission could be halted.
 
"We are at an important juncture in this event. We believe these chains of transmission can still be interrupted," said Mike Ryan, Executive Director of WHO Health Emergencies Programme who accompanied the body's chief on a trip to China this week.

'Whole world needs to take action' on China virus: WHO

The World Health Organization on Wednesday urged governments around the globe, including those as yet unaffected by the novel coronavirus outbreak, to be "on alert" and "take action" to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

Health Ministry reviews states' preparedness for prevention, management of novel coronavirus

The Union Health Ministry on Wednesday held a meeting with the health secretaries of the states where the 21 identified airports screening passengers for the novel coronavirus infection are located, along with the Airport Health Organization officers, to review their preparedness for prevention and management of the disease.
 
During the video-conference, Special Secretary in the Union Health Ministry Sanjeeva Kumar also interacted with health secretaries of the states, including those bordering Nepal (Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Sikkim), an official statement said.

WHO panel to reconvene on Thursday to decide if virus global emergency

The World Health Organization's Emergency Committee will meet on Thursday, the third time in a week, to evaluate whether the new coronavirus spreading from China now constitutes an international emergency, the WHO said.
 
"The Committee will advise the Director-General on whether the outbreak constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), and what recommendations should be made to manage it," the WHO said in a statement issued in Geneva.
 

Johnson & Johnson working on vaccine for deadly coronavirus

Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday became the latest drugmaker to begin work on developing a vaccine for a new coronavirus that has already killed more than 100 people in China, as health authorities race to contain the outbreak.
 
J&J said its vaccine program would utilize the same technologies used to make its experimental Ebola vaccine, which is currently being administered in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. 
 
Three separate research teams backed by a global coalition set up to fight epidemic diseases last week said they will start work on developing potential vaccines against the new coronavirus.
 

Chinese farmers, supermarkets race to supply food to locked down Wuhan

China has told farmers to step up vegetable production, opened roads for delivery trucks and is punishing those trying to profit in order to keep feeding residents of the locked down city of Wuhan at the centre of the new coronavirus outbreak.
 
Authorities cut most transport links to the central Chinese city last week to try to halt the spread of the flu-like virus.
 

President Xi orders military to help deal with coronavirus as toll mounts to 132

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday ordered the military to "shoulder responsibility" to contain the coronavirus outbreak that has killed 132 people, infected 6,000 others with six foreigners contracting the disease for the first time in China and spread to 17 countries.
 
President Xi, who heads the People's Liberation Army, told the military to keep their mission firmly in mind and shoulder responsibility to make contribution to winning the battle against the novel coronavirus, which he has described as a "demon", state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Lufthansa scraps all China flights over coronavirus

Germany's flagship carrier Lufthansa said Wednesday it was cancelling all its mainland China flights over the deadly coronavirus until February 9, including those run by subsidiaries Swiss and Austrian Airlines.
 

China virus injects fears for global supply chains

From carmaking to electronics and tourism, the outbreak of a new coronavirus in China is infecting companies around the world with anxiety about the impact on their supplies and earnings.
 
As authorities adopt drastic steps to contain the deadly virus, foreign businesses are braced for further disruption next month after the Lunar New Year holidays, which for now have shuttered most factories and offices in China.
 

Coronavirus: 806 people under observation in Kerala, 10 in isolation wards

At least 806 people who returned from China over the past few days are under observation in Kerala for possible exposure to the novel coronavirus, Health officials said here on Wednesday.
 
Out of the total of 806 people, 173 had arrived in the state on Wednesday.

Homeopathy and Unani effective in prevention of novel coronavirus infections: AYUSH ministry

The AYUSH Ministry on Wednesday issued an advisory and recommended that homeopathic and unani medicine could be effective in the prevention of novel coronavirus (nCoV) infections which claimed over 100 lives in China.
 
It also mentioned some Ayurvedic practices which can help recess the symptoms of respiratory tract in possible coronavirus infected cases.

Govts should decide on any evacuations from virus zones: WHO

It is for governments to decide whether to evacuate their nationals from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.
 
WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and senior Chinese officials discussed measures at talks in Beijing this week, including possible alternatives to evacuation of foreigners "if there are ways to accommodate them and protect their health", WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told Reuters.

UK govt says Wuhan evacuees to be 'isolated for 14 days'

British citizens evacuated from Wuhan, the epicentre of a deadly virus outbreak, will be isolated for two weeks with "all necessary medical attention", Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Wednesday.
 
"Anyone who returns from Wuhan will be safely isolated for 14 days, with all necessary medical attention," he wrote on Twitter.

Arunachal takes step to check possible outbreak of coronavirus via border haat

The authorities have issued an advisory to the Changlang district administration asking it for taking preventive measures to stop the possible spread of coronavirus through goods on sale at a border haat. 
 
The focus is on the Pangsau Pass Border Haat in Changlang district, which is close to Myanmar as well as southern China, as the deadly virus could be spread through goods sold to Indian customers.

Will provide necessary assistance for evacuation of foreign nationals from Wuhan: China

As India prepares to airlift its citizens from Wuhan, the epicentre of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, China said on Wednesday that it would make all appropriate arrangements and provide necessary assistance if any country "insists" on evacuating its nationals.
 
Besides India, several other countries including the US, France, Japan, South Korea, are making arrangements to airlift their nationals from central Hubei province and its capital city Wuhan.
 

Centre issues fresh advisory, asks people to refrain from travelling to China

The Union Health Ministry on Wednesday asked Indians to refrain from travelling to China where the novel coronavirus has claimed over 100 lives.
 
The ministry issued a fresh travel advisory and also urged people travelling to China to monitor their health closely. It asked people to use 24x7 helpline (011-23978046) for queries related to respiratory infection.

Australian scientists first to grow novel coronavirus outside China

Australian scientists said on Wednesday they have successfully grown the novel coronavirus in a lab, for the first time outside China, a "significant breakthrough" which they say may help combat the deadly virus that has claimed over 130 lives and infected thousands.
 
The researchers from the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity -- a joint venture between the University of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne hospital -- said the advance will allow accurate investigation and diagnosis of the virus globally.
 

No hot meals, blankets, magazines as airlines step up fight on coronavirus

Passengers on some flights to China will have to make do without hot meals, blankets and newspapers, as airlines step up measures to protect crew and travellers from a new virus that has killed more than 130 in the country.
 
Seeking to contain the spread of the coronavirus by reducing personal contact, Taiwan's China Airlines said it was encouraging passengers to bring their own drinks bottles and would limit re-usable items by replacing them with disposables.
 

British Airways stops flights to and from mainland China

Following in the footsteps of several global firms, British Airways have also stopped flights to and from mainland China. The Airways also issued advisory asking British nationals to halt travelling to China on reports of the coronavirus spreading.

Foreign airlines suspend China flights as Coronavirus toll hits 132

Foreign airlines began suspending flights to and from China on Wednesday as global fears mounted over a coronavirus epidemic that has killed 132 people and infected nearly 6,000. The announcements came hours after countries began airlifts to evacuate foreigners trapped in Wuhan, the quarantined central Chinese city of 11 million people at the epicentre of the health emergency.
 

Coronavirus outbreak in China: IndiGo says it is suspending Delhi-Chengdu flights from Feb 1 to Feb 20

IndiGo airlines said on Wednesday that due to the novel coronavirus outbreak in China, it has decided to suspend its flights on the Bengaluru-Hong Kong route from February 1 onward and on the Delhi-Chengdu route from February 1 to February 20.
 
The low-cost carrier said that for now, it will continue to operate the Kolkata-Guangzhou flight which it is "monitoring on a daily basis".

Four Pakistani students infected with coronavirus in Wuhan

Pakistan announced on Wednesday that four of its students have been infected with the coronavirus in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus.
 
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Zafar Mirza said at a press conference that over 500 Pakistan students were in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.
 
"Four Pakistani students are confirmed to have the coronavirus," he said.
 
He said Prime Minister Imran Khan has asked authorities to inform their families that the government was responsible for their complete treatment.
 
Mirza, however, said that there was no case of the coronavirus in Pakistan yet and the four individuals suspected of having the virus were under observation and their health was improving.
 
Earlier, Foreign Office said that there were 28,000 Pakistani students currently in China apart from hundreds of businessmen.
 
Prime Minister Khan already directed a high level meeting of stakeholders to make plans to deal with any emergency.

Russian airline suspends flights to Europe over coronavirus

Russia's Urals Airlines said Wednesday it had suspended some services to Europe including Paris and Rome due to the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus.
 
The airline, based in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg, was halting flights to Munich, Paris and Rome as well as the Japanese city of Sapporo until the end of winter, it said in a statement.
 
Those flights had been affected because they are popular with Chinese tourist groups, the airline said in the statement posted on VKontakte, Russia's largest social media network.
 
The Urals Airlines earlier suspended flights to China's Hainan Island as well as several other destinations in the country.
 
Russia does not have any confirmed cases of the new virus but the Russian government has set up a task force to prevent the possible spread of the virus.

Homeopathy effective in prevention of novel coronavirus infections: AYUSH ministry

The AYUSH ministry on Wednesday issued a health advisory and recommended that homeopathic and unani medicines could be effective in the prevention of novel coronavirus (nCoV) infections.
 
The advisory was issued following a meeting on Tuesday of the scientific advisory board of the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH) under the Ministry of AYUSH to discuss ways and means for prevention of the nCoV infection through homoeopathy, the ministry said in a statement.
 
It has recommended that homoeopathic medicine Arsenicum album 30 could be taken empty stomach daily for three days as a prophylactic medicine against the infection.

The dose should be repeated after one month by following the same schedule in case the nCoV infection prevails in the community, the advisory said, adding that the same has also been advised for prevention of influenza-like illness.
 
It also suggests some Ayurvedic medicines, Unani decoctions and home remedies which can be useful in symptomatic management of nCoV infections.

China allocates $640 million for coronavirus control

The Ministry of Finance (MOF) has allocated over 4.4 billion yuan (about $640 million) To support the battle against the novel coronaviruses (nCoV) in China.
 
The ministry also stated that it included an additional 500 million yuan fund for central China's Hubei Province, which was hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, Xinhua reported.

Coronavirus outbreak: Hong Kong tanks at reopen on virus fear

Hong Kong stocks plunged Wednesday as investors in the city returned from their Lunar New Year break to a global panic over the deadly coronavirus.

China okays India request to airlift 250 nationals from Wuhan

After 24 hours of hectic parleys, India gained Beijing’s permission to airlift Indians from Wuhan. A Boeing 747 VT-ESO will leave Mumbai at midnight to airlift 250 Indians.
 
“Once they are brought back, they will be kept in quarantine for two weeks,” said Minister of Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday.
 
Sources said Beijing buckled under pressure from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). “Our crew was ready to go. The permission took time,” said an Air India executive. Meanwhile, IndiGo, too, has advised its pilots and cabin crew to wear masks and avoid public places during layovers in Thailand, China, Vietnam, and Singapore.

WHO urges countries in South, Southeast Asia to boost readiness to respond to coronavirus

The World Health Organisation has urged countries in South and Southeast Asia, including Nepal and Thailand — where confirmed cases of novel coronavirus have been reported, to strengthen readiness to rapidly detect any case of importation of the deadly virus and prevent its spread. "It is time to focus all efforts on readiness guided by whatever is known about the new coronavirus," said WHO South-East Asia Regional Director Poonam Khetrapal Singh.
 

Goa man hospitalised as precautionary measure Panaji

A man has been hospitalised in Goa as a precautionary measure for possible exposure to the novel Coronavirus during his recent visit to China, a senior official said on Tuesday. The man was admitted in the isolation ward of the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) with symptoms similar to novel coronavirus, officially called the 2019-nCoV, infection, he added. "The patient had travelled to China in the recent past and had complained of a sore throat since his return. We admitted him in an isolation ward as a precautionary measure. His samples have been to Pune for further tests," he said.

Tripura sounds coronavirus alert

The Tripura government on Tuesday sounded a coronavirus alert in the whole state especially along the Indo-Bangla international border, an official said. Health Secretary Dr Debashish Bose said, "We have received an advisory from the Union Ministry of Health regarding the standard procedure being prescribed to all states for combating the coronavirus. So, the alert was sounded today itself". Tripura shares an 856-km long international border with Bangladesh. "Many people enter our country through Agartala- Akhaura integrated check post (ICP). We have taken adequate measures to screen those people, if they were carrying the deadly coronavirus. We are also in the process of setting up of such mechanism in all the check posts along the border", Bose said.

633 people under observation in Kerala for possible exposure to novel coronavirus

A total of 633 people, who returned to Kerala from China in recent days, are under observation for possible exposure to the novel coronavirus, state Health Minister K K Shylaja said on Tuesday. Of the 633, seven are under observation in isolation wards at different hospitals, according to officials. The situation in the state was under control but the state needs to be vigilant, the minister told reporters.

WHO chief assures China all necessary help to contain coronavirus outbreak

The World Health Organisation (WHO) chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on Tuesday assured Beijing all necessary help to contain the coronavirus outbreak as he asked the global community to remain calm and not to overreact in the wake of the epidemic that has killed more than 100 people across China.

19 people screened for novel coronavirus infection in Rajasthan

The number of people in Rajasthan who have been screened for possible exposure to the novel coronavirus as they had travelled to China reached 19 on Tuesday. READ MORE

Stores close, employees evacuated, travel restricted as virus spreads

Facebook suspended non-essential travel to mainland China as a coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, killed more than 100 people and infected more than 4,000. Big Chinese companies asked staff to work from home and Walt Disney shut two theme parks. READ MORE HERE

Three kept under observation in Punjab, Haryana

Two people in Haryana and another in Punjab with travel history to China have been kept under observation after they showed novel coronavirus-like symptoms, officials said. A 28-year-old Mohali resident has been admitted to the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh after showing novel coronavirus-like symptoms, an official said on Tuesday. Two patients in Haryana have been kept under observation, said state Health Minister Anil Vij here. The health authorities of both states said there was no need to panic, asserting that all the district hospitals were prepared in terms of logistics, isolation wards and ventilator status.

MEA makes formal request to China to help evacuate Indians from Wuhan

The Ministry of External Affairs has made a formal request to China for facilitating evacuation of Indians from Wuhan, the epicentre of novel coronavirus outbreak, the Health Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. The Civil Aviation Ministry will make necessary arrangements for evacuation after the approval of Chinese authorities is received, it said. The Indian embassy in Beijing is in contact with the Indian nationals. "On evacuation, these individuals will be kept in quarantine for 14 days. Necessary arrangements in this regard are being made," the statement said. READ HERE

14-day quarantine mandatory for Indians evacuated from China: Indian Embassy

Indians, mostly students, stuck in Hubei province, the epicentre of the deadly coronavirus, will have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine on their arrival in India, the Indian Embassy said on Tuesday as it started preparations to evacuate them. The Indian nationals, mostly students, research scholars and professionals are working in Indian and international companies in central China's Hubei province for which Wuhan is the capital.

Xi tells WHO he's confident of slaying "devil" virus

Chinese President Xi Jinping told the visiting chief of the World Health Organisation on Tuesday that he was confident of winning the battle against a "devil" coronavirus that has killed 106 people and spread across the world. A growing number of countries are planning to evacuate their citizens from Wuhan, a central city of 11 million people and epicentre of the outbreak. A chartered plane taking out US consulate staff was set to leave Wuhan on Wednesday, a spokeswoman at the U.S. embassy in Beijing said.

Stocks slump as coronavirus scare casts shadow on global economy

Market gauges Sensex and Nifty tumbled further on Tuesday as investors continued to engage in sell-offs for a second day in a row fearing economic fallout of deadly coronavirus. Besides, other domestic factors like weak quarterly earnings by corporates, reports suggesting shortfall in tax collections and a general caution ahead of Union Budget weighed on investor sentiments. At the closing bell, the 30-share BSE Sensex was down 188.26 points, or 0.46 per cent, at 40,966.86 -- its weakest level in over six weeks. During the day, the index swung over 463 points.

Hong Kong halts trains from mainland China as virus spreads

Hong Kong's leader has announced that all rail links to mainland China will be cut starting Friday as fears grow about the spread of a new virus. Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Tuesday that both the high-speed rail station and the regular train station would be closed. The U.S. Consulate in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where authorities cut off most access Jan. 22 in an effort to contain the disease, was preparing to fly its diplomats and some other Americans out of the city on Wednesday. READ MOR HERE

Russian regions in Far East close border with China

Three regions in Russia's Far East have closed their borders with China until Feb. 7 amid fears over the outbreak of coronavirus in China, the TASS news agency cited the governor of Khabarovsk region as saying on Tuesday. The closures affect border crossings in the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, Khabarovsk and Amur regions, TASS said.

India sending a plane to evacuate Indians from Wuhan: MEA

Our Embassy is in contact with Chinese govt. We are trying to evacuate people, most of whom are students, from Wuhan city by sending a plane.Efforts are on,I can assure you that Govt of India is working on it&very soon some solution will be found: EAM S Jaishankar

Asian demand for face masks soars on fears of Chinese virus

Panic and pollution drive the market for protective face masks, so business is booming in Asia, where fear of the virus from China is straining supplies and helping make mask-wearing the new normal. Demand for face masks and hand sanitizing liquid has soared, as both local residents and visitors from China stock up on such products as a reassuring precaution. Factories are rushing to boost production as the number of infections and deaths from the new virus first found in the central Chinese city of Wuhan climbs.

Hong Kong to close some borders with China, stop flight, trains

Hong Kong will close some border checkpoints and restrict flights and train services from the mainland, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Tuesday. The Chinese government is also suspending visas for visitors to the territory, she said. The new measures mark a step change in measures to contain the virus, after China effectively locked down about 50 million people in Wuhan and Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak.

Eight people who returned from China safe

Eight people who arrived here from the coronavirus-hit China have shown no symptoms of the deadly virus but have been advised against mingling with public for another 28 days, officials said on Tuesday.

Preparations for evacuating Indians from Hubei has begun: MEA

India has begun preparations for the evacuation of Indian nationals affected by the situation arising from the coronavirus outbreak in China's Hubei Province. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Ravessh Kumar said the Indian Embassy in Beijing is in touch with the Chinese government, authorities and nationals on the matter. "We have begun the process to prepare for evacuation of Indian nationals affected by the situation arising out of nCorona-2019 virus outbreak in Hubei Province, China," he said in a tweet.

First Indian nCoV patient in China shows signs of recovery

The first Indian to have diagnosed with Novel coronavirus by a hospital in China, Preeti Maheshwari, has started showing signs of recovery, her cousin Pratibha Maheshwari shared about her health conditions on Tuesday on social media.
 
Pratibha in her Facebook post, said: "Thank you so much for coming forward and helping with my cousin's treatment. Your generosity and prayers have helped her regain consciousness, and she is now undergoing wheelchair therapy. While it's a long road to recovery, doctors are hopeful she will be off the ventilator in the next 3-4 days. We have also managed to raise the requisite funds for her treatment, and are now closing all fund raising activity. Thank you once again for your kindness. Please continue to pray for her speedy recovery."
Eight people who arrived here from the coronavirus-hit China have shown no symptoms of the deadly virus but have been advised against mingling with public for another 28 days, officials said.
 

Indian nationals asked to submit passport details to Beijing embassy

India has asked its nationals to submit their passport details to the country's embassy in Beijing, following reports that many of them were trapped in Wuhan city, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, which has been placed under a lockdown.
 
Over 500 Indian students are studying in colleges and universities in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province. However, a large number of them had left the city just before the outbreak was reported.
 
Sources said the Indian government was working with Chinese authorities to make an assessment about the number of people stranded in Wuhan.
 
On social media, the Indian embassy in Beijing noted that some nationals were not in possession of their passports as they submitted them to the Chinese authorities for visa extension, work permit or other reasons.

Hong Kong to shut football pitches and museums

Hong Kong said Tuesday it was closing a range of public facilities from sports centres to campsites in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus. All recreational facilities will be temporarily shut from Wednesday to "avoid people gathering", authorities said.
 
The financial hub has declared the novel coronavirus a public "emergency" and on Saturday announced ramped-up measures to reduce the risk of more infections.

Govt prepares to fight Coronavirus

As the Coronavirus threat intensifies, the government has begun continuously monitoring the situation across sectors so that timely action can be taken to prevent a crisis in India. So far no case of anyone tested positive for the latest strain of the Coronavirus has been reported in India.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi directed the government machineries to take up the issue in a comprehensive manner, resulting in the first big meeting last Saturday.

Five people under observation for coronavirus in Kerala

Five people have been kept under observation at an isolation ward in the hospitals in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, and Thrissur in Kerala for suspected exposure to novel coronavirus.
 
In Thiruvananthapuram-- one person has been kept under observation, in Ernakulam-- three people have been kept in the isolation for possible exposure to novel coronavirus and in Thrissur-- one person.

Indian student from Wuhan, mother admitted in Ujjain hospital

A woman and her son, who recently returned from Wuhan in China, were admitted in hospital in Madhya Pradesh's Ujjain for possible exposure to novel Coronavirus, prompting the state government to step up vigil.
 
According to officials of the Health department, the duo included the medical student who had returned to India from Wuhan, suspected to be the epicentre of the virus, and his mother who lives in Ujjain.
 
"I have instructed all top officials of my department, including the Principal Secretary and Commissioner, Health Department, to monitor the situation in the entire state and step up the vigil after two persons with suspected Coronavirus infection are found in Ujjain," Madhya Pradesh Health Minister Tulsi Silawat said here on Tuesday.

China's coronavirus has not mutated in the US, says CDC

US health authorities said they have sequenced the genome of the first two cases of the Chinese coronavirus reported in the country and confirmed the virus has not mutated since leaving China.
 
Nancy Messonnier, head of respiratory diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said she was planning imminent changes on measures to control and track the deadly virus, beyond the current restrictions just on travelers arriving from the city Wuhan, which is at the epicenter of the outbreak.
 
 
"Right now, and based on CDC's analysis of the available data, it doesn't look like the (virus) has mutated," she said in a telephone news conference.
 
"All the sequences we've extracted are similar to the one that China initially posted a couple of weeks ago," she said.

Sri Lanka confirms first coronavirus case

Sri Lankan authorities have confirmed the first case of novel coronavirus after a Chinese woman was diagnosed with the disease, making the island nation the second South Asian country after Nepal to report a confirmed case.

China records first coronavirus death in Beijing as toll climbs to 106

The new strain of coronavirus spreading across China claimed its first victim in Beijing, officials said on Tuesday.

Coronavirus outbreak: Six persons under observation in Mumbai and Pune

A man was hospitalised in Pune on suspicion of possible exposure to the novel coronavirus during his recent visit to China, taking the total number of such admissions to six in Maharashtra so far, a senior official said on Tuesday.
 
The man was admitted in the isolation ward of the Naidu Hospital on Monday night for the symptoms similar to the novel coronavirus infection, Dr Pradeep Awate, Maharashtra state Disease Surveillance Officer said.
 
"The number of the persons under observation in hospitals in Maharashtra has now gone up to six," he said.

Momentum stocks to take a breather as Coronavirus fear spreads globally

Momentum driven stocks in the Indian context such as Gujarat Gas, Relaxo Footwears, Bharti Airtel and SRF are likely to take a breather as global markets brace for a possible escalation in Coronavirus, says the latest report from Jefferies. Auguring that the markets have already seen a good run over the past six months, the "Wuhan virus" epidemic / Coronavirus outbreak could be the trigger for them to take a breather, with momentum stocks most at risk while cash/bond-proxies could return in favour over the short-term.
 
“After the strong returns since the August 2019 bottom, global equities are trading at elevated valuations. For MSCI Asia ex-Japan, the current 12-month forward price-to-earnings (PE) is at a post-GFC (global financial crisis) peak, which further adds to the concern that equities could take a breather before focusing back on quality/growth at a reasonable price. From a stock perspective, we believe that the high momentum stocks are most at risk during such a correction, while cash/bond proxies are likely to be most resilient in the short-term,” the report says.

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Coronavirus outbreak: Facebook, LG, others restrict business travel to China

Facebook Inc and other global companies including LG Electronics Inc and Standard Chartered Plc are restricting travel to China.

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Pakistan to convene high-level meet to discuss preventive measures against coronavirus

Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed to convene a high-level inter-ministerial meeting to discuss preventive measures against the deadly coronavirus and formulate a comprehensive strategy to tackle the threat.

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Global Markets: Stocks crumble as China virus toll mounts

Asian stocks took a battering on Tuesday as the death toll from a virus in China climbed, leaving investors fretting over the widening economic fallout from the outbreak and lifting bonds on expectations central banks would need to keep stimulus flowing.
 
Outside of Asia, futures pointed to a positive start for Europe and Wall Street but that followed a hefty sell-off on Monday.
 
In early European trades, the pan-region Euro Stoxx 50 futures and German DAX futures each rose 0.3% while futures for London's FTSE added 0.1%. The S&P 500 e-mini contracts gained 0.5%.

China has all the necessary means to tackle the new coronavirus: Wang Yi

China has all the necessary means and resources to tackle the new coronavirus, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Tuesday during a meeting with WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom.
 
Adhanom is in China to assess the country's response to the virus as the death toll reached 106. Chinese health authorities on Tuesday also announced that 4,515 confirmed cases of the disease have been reported in 30 provincial-level regions by the end of Monday.

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