Coronavirus: Number of cases in India stands at 140; 13 cured and three dead

  • Two new cases in Karnataka took the total number of infected patients to 10 in the state.
  • Nagpur police have imposed Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC)to ban public gatherings.
  • The Aligarh Muslim University urged students to stay away from Friday prayers if they have flu-like symptoms.
  • The government on Monday prohibited the entry of passengers from European countries and Turkey as a precautionary measure from March 18 to 31.
The number of coronavirus cases in India currently stands at 140, including 13 people cured of the disease and three who lost their lives, according to the latest data available on the ministry of health and family welfare website.

The number of cases in Maharashtra saw a steep rise in the past one week after a family of 5 escaped the coronavirus tests at the airport. The Maharashtra government reported 39 active cases in the state, making it the worst-hit state in India.Kerala stood second place with 27 infected people. The Nagpur Police has imposed Section 144 of Code of Criminal Procedure till March 31 to ban public gatherings to check the spread of the virus.

Gurgaon woman tests positive, first confirmed case of coronavirus in Haryana

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A 29-year-old woman in Haryana's Gurgaon district tested positive for coronavirus, a health official said on Tuesday(March 17).

The employee of a Gurgaon-based company and has travelled to Malaysia and Indonesia before testing positive.

The samples of her tests were taken to the Pune-based National Institute of Virology, which confirmed her to be positive of Covid-19

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Noida reports 2 new cases of coronavirus

Two people from Gautam Buddha Nagar in Uttar Pradesh have tested positive with coronavirus.

While one patient is identified as a resident of Sector 100 who returned from France. The second patient is a resident of Hyde Park in Sector 78. Both are now in isolation.

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64-year old passes away in Mumbai taking state death toll to 2

A 64-year-old coronavirus patient today (March 17) passed away at Mumbai's Kasturba Hospital, taking the state’s death toll to 2. In fact, both the people who passed away are from Mumbai. Overall, three people have died of the disease across the country.

Karnataka reports two new cases

The Karnataka health department on Tuesday reported two new cases of coronavirus, taking the total number of infected patients to 10 in the state.

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A 20-year-old woman, who travelled from the UK has tested positive and a 60-year-old man, who came in contact with the 76-year-old deceased patient from Kalaburgi, also tested positive.

India bans entry of Europeans and Turkey from March 18 to 31

The government on Monday prohibited the entry of passengers from European countries and Turkey as a precautionary measure from March 18 to 31.

The government also announced to expand the minimum quarantine for people travelling to India from UAE, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait.
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Addressing a press conference, minister of health joint secretary Lav Agarwal said, “As a precautionary measure, we are expanding compulsory quarantine for a minimum period of 14 days for passengers coming from or transiting through UAE, Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait.”

Guidelines for cremating bodies of coronavirus infected deads

In order to stop the infection from spreading further, the Central government is framing guidelines for handling bodies of those who die of coronavirus. It came after the controversy over the cremation of a Delhi patient who died of the virus last week.
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The experts at the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) are reviewing the guidelines that were framed during the 2018 Kerala Nipah virus outbreak and might adopt them for coronavirus as well.

Air India pilots seek urgent financial aid in awake of covid-19

The two Air India pilots’ unions, Indian Aviation Guild and the Indian Commercial Pilots Association, have used this opportunity to highlight their plight in a letter to civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri

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The letter said, “during this time, Air India employees have gone above and beyond to get our countrymen back from Covid-19-affected countries worldwide.” It went on to add, “On one hand the cabinet has openly praised the recent efforts of Air Indians and the national carrier, but on the other, the government has not infused any funds. Our fundamental right to wages for work already done is being flouted time and again.”

AMU urges students to sit at a distance during Friday prayers

The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has issued a notice urging students and all other employees of the varsity to stay away from Friday prayers on the campus mosques if they have any symptoms of flu.

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According to the notice, people have been asked to sit at a distance from each other during prayers and also skip one row in between. It also said that those with symptoms of flu should offer prayers at their residences.

The AMU has around 20 mosques in the campus and the 20,000 students and teachers who live on the campus, offer prayers at these mosques.

Taj Mahal shuts entry amid coronavirus scare

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The Taj Mahal will be closed for tourists from Tuesday onwards amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Officials said that the decision was communicated to them on Monday night by the Ministry of Tourism in New Delhi.

The Taj Mahal’s closure will be a major jolt to the domestic tourism industry, particularly the hospitality sector since the shutdown would lead to more cancellation of bookings in Agra.

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McDonald’s, Domino’s introducing ‘contactless’ delivery in India

After Zomato and Swiggy, McDonald’s and Domino’s Pizza on Monday introduced ‘contactless’ delivery option where the delivery boys will ensure social distancing.

Westlife Development, which owns McDonald’s restaurants in western and southern India, said that it has launched a ‘contactless’ delivery option in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

“This service will allow customers to receive their order without coming in contact with the delivery staff. This feature has been introduced as an additional precautionary measure to ensure the safety of both the customers and the delivery staff,” said Jubilant FoodWorks Ltd (JFL), which runs Domino’s Pizza in the country.
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Punjab government shuts zoos amid coronavirus outbreak

The Punjab government on Monday ordered the closure of all zoos in the state till March 31 as a preventive measure in view of the coronavirus outbreak, an official statement said.

There is a large zoo at Chhatbir near Chandigarh. Besides, there are four other small zoos at Patiala, Ludhiana, Bathinda and Neelon near Samrala in Punjab, it said. According to the statement, nearly 4,000 people visit these zoos daily. The number swells to 10,000 on weekends and more during holidays in summer and winter seasons.

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All 12 zoos, National Library shut in Bengal till March 31

The West Bengal Government has closed all 12 zoos in the state, including the famous Alipore Zoological Gardens from Tuesday till March 31 as a means of combating the deadly coronavirus infection, a senior minister said.

The National Library here is also being shut till March 31, an official said.

Minister for Forests Rajib Banerjee told mediapersons that the decision was taken in view of an advisory from the Central Zoo Authority of India which the state government was adhering to totally.
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