Coronavirus live updates on 17th March: India reports third coronavirus death from Maharashtra

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Coronavirus, which originated in the Wuhan city of China, has so far spread to more than 100 countries infecting over 1,20,000 people. Coronavirus in India is also spreading across many states in the country.

The health ministry has issued an advisory on measures to enforce social distancing and suggesting shut down of all educational institutions gymnasiums, museums, cultural and social centres, swimming pools and theatres till March 31. The government has also tightened the lockdown on the spread of coronavirus cases with travel restrictions prohibiting entry of all passengers from European Union, European Free Trade Association, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Philippines and Afghanistan.

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16:18 IST: Mandatory quarantine for passengers from UAE, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait: Health Ministry
The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday expanded compulsory quarantine for a minimum of 14 days for passengers coming from or transiting through UAE, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait.

16:02 IST: Pakistan’s confirmed Covid-19 cases rise to 193, Sindh worst hit
Pakistan’s tally of confirmed coronavirus cases reached 193 on Tuesday as five more cases were confirmed in Sindh province, the provincial tally of confirmed cases is at 155.

16:00 IST: Tiger reserves, national parks and zoos closed in Uttarakhand till Mar 31
Tiger reserves, sanctuaries, national parks and zoos in Uttarakhand will remain closed till March 31 in the wake of coronavirus outbreak, state government officials said.

15:58 IST: No visitor allowed to meet prisoners for next two weeks in TN due to coronavirus
As a precautionary measure to combat the spread of coronavirus, no visitor or family members will be allowed to meet prisoners in Tamil Nadu for the next two weeks, said DGP Prisons Sunil Kumar Singh on Tuesday. The DGP also said, “A special monitoring room has been set up inside the prisons to screen all new prisoners. Soaps are being provided and prisoners are advised to clean their hands often.”

15:13 IST: French President announces suspension of utility bills, rent for small businesses struggling amid coronavirus
French President Emmanuel Macron has announced the suspension of utility bills and rent for small businesses struggling to stay afloat amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the European nation. The announcement was made during a televised address on Monday night (local time) that saw Macron putting in place some of the most severe measures in Europe to try to curb the novel coronavirus that has infected more than 5300 people in the country.

15:01 IST: Mumbai Police arrests man for advertising product as measure to cure coronavirus

The officials of the Food and Drug Administration along with Mumbai police on Monday night arrested one person for advertising one of its products as an effective measure to cure coronavirus. The officials had conducted a raid on a shop in Mulund area here last night.

14:34 IST: COVID-19: Qutub Minar closed till March 31
As part of measures to counter coronavirus outbreak, Qutub Minar has been closed till March 31.

14:32 IST: Doctor who treated COVID-19 victim in Karnataka tests positive for coronavirus
Deputy Commissioner, Kalaburagi on Tuesday said that the 63-year-old doctor, who was attending the 76-year-old man — patient who died of coronavirus here, has tested positive for COVID-19. The doctor is among the 10 people who have been tested positive across Karnataka so far. “A 63-year-old doctor who treated the 76-yr-old man who died due to coronavirus has tested positive. He along with his family has been kept in quarantine at his home. He will be sent to isolation ward today,” said Sharat B, Deputy Commissioner, Kalaburagi.

14:26 IST: Coronavirus: UP govt cancels all exams
In the wake of coronavirus scare, Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday announced that all examinations across the state have been cancelled.

13:58 IST: About 1,500 inmates escape from Brazilian prisons amid COVID-19 outbreak: Reports

Approximately 1,500 inmates have escaped from at least four semi-open penitentiaries in the Brazilian region of Sao Paulo following riots against the measures taken by the government to fight the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, several local media outlets reported.

12:43 IST: All gardens and parks in J-K closed
Amid coronavirus outbreak, all gardens and parks in Jammu and Kashmir have been closed till further orders.

The district administration has been instructed to keep all gardens and parks closed till further orders, said the directive. Total three positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Union Territory.

12:26 IST: Centre rolls out guidelines for ‘home quarantine’ to contain coronavirus spread
Amid the outbreak of coronavirus in the country, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday issued guidelines for home quarantine.

The citizens have been asked to stay in a well-ventilated single room preferably with an attached/separate toilet. “If family member needs to stay in the same room, it is advisable to maintain a distance of at least 1 meter between the two.”

The suspected people fallen prey to the deadly virus have also been asked to “stay away from elderly people, pregnant women, children and persons with co-morbidities within the household.” The Central government in its guildines have also mentioned about the public health measures to control the outbtrak of this virus and stated, ” Wear a surgical mask at all the time. The mask should be changed every 6 to 8 hours and disposed off.”

“Avoid Sharing household items eg. dishes, drinking glasses, cups or orther items with other people at home.”

11:42 IST: After Europe, India bars travellers from Afghanistan, Philippines and Malaysia
Further tightening the lockdown to contain the coronavirus spread, the government on Tuesday imposed fresh travel restrictions prohibiting the entry of travellers from Afghanistan, Philippines and Malaysia and suspended all flights from the three countries.

11:41 IST: Coronavirus cases in India touch 125
With a total of 11 fresh cases, the number of novel coronavirus cases in India rose to 125 on Tuesday, the Union health ministry said.
The numbers have gone up from 114 total infections reported yesterday. Today’s tally of 125 positive cases includes 22 foreign nationals in the country.

11:28 IST: Coronavirus  in Maharashtra: India reports third coronavirus death
India on Tuesday reported the third death from coronavirus with an elderly patient suffering from the infection passing away in Maharashtra.

The 64-year-old patient suffering from coronavirus died at Mumbai’s Kasturba Hospital. This is the first death due to the disease from Maharashtra, which has the highest number of confirmed coronavirus patients at 39, out of a total of 110 plus cases in the country.
The two other deaths due to the infection in India were from Karnataka and Delhi, respectively.

10:54 IST: Two cases of COVID-19 reported from Noida
Two persons have tested positive for coronavirus in the city, one in Sector 78 and another in Sector 100 with travel history to France, said Gautam Budh Nagar CMO Anurag Bhargav.

10:35 IST Valencia CF confirms 35 per cent of its players, staff test positive
Spanish football club Valencia CF on Monday (local time) confirmed that 35 per cent of its players and staff who were tested for the coronavirus have tested positive.

10:10 IST Pune: Shaniwar Wada Fort closed to fight coronavirus pandemic
After multiple cases of coronavirus were reported from Maharashtra, the administration on Tuesday decided to close down Pune’s Shaniwar Wada Fort for the public.

10:01 IST: South Korea reports 84 more COVID-19 cases, 8,320 in total
South Korea reported 84 new cases of novel coronavirus on Tuesday, marking the third day in a row that the confirmed cases stayed below 100 in the country.

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