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New Delhi: The coronavirus, which originated in China’s Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 100 countries, infecting over 1,20,000 people.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic and Europe as its epicentre with more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China.
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20:27: Karnataka govt ups its surveillance, containment measure against spread of coronavirus
The Karnataka government on Saturday issued a statement saying that surveillance and containment measures against the spread of coronavirus have been increased in the state.
20:19: AIIMS has 120-150 beds dedicated to coronavirus patients: Director Randeep Guleria
As the number of positive coronavirus patients climbed to 84, Dr Randeep Guleria, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director, on Saturday said that the hospital has 120-150 bed facility, including AIIMS Jhajjar, dedicated to coronavirus patients.
20:10: Uttarakhand declares Coronavirus as epidemic
State cabinet minister Madan Kaushik on Saturday said that coronavirus is declared as an epidemic in the state and all Cinema halls and colleges will remain closed in the state till March 31. Medical colleges, however, will remain open.
20:02: All schools in Goa to remain closed till March 31
In the wake of coronavirus outbreak, the Directorate of Education on Saturday announced that all schools will remain closed till Mar 31.
19:53: COVID-19 cases rise to 140 in Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said on Saturday that the number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases in Hong Kong has risen to 140, while another case has been tested positive for the virus and is expected to be confirmed later on Saturday.
19:42: Padma Awards ceremony postponed due to coronavirus outbreak
In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the Central government on Saturday announced its decision to postpone the Padma Awards ceremony, which was scheduled to take place on April 3.
19:40: Trump says he would most likely get tested for Covid-19
United States President Donald Trump said on Friday that would “most likely” take a test for novel coronavirus.
19:35: Swimming pools to be closed, entertainment programme banned till April 15 in UP’s Gautam Buddh Nagar
In the wake of coronavirus outbreak, the District Administration of Gautam Budh Nagar has ordered all swimming pools to be closed and ban all entertainment programme till April 15 in the district.
19:32: Second COVID-19 positive case reported in Hyderabad
The second COVID-19 positive case has been reported from Hyderabad on Saturday.
19:22: Coronavirus: Malls, beaches, public places shut down in Thiruvananthapuram
District Collector K Gopalakrishnan on Saturday announced that malls, beaches, and other public places will remain closed till further notice, in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
18:21: Punjab has one positive COVID-19 case, no suspected patient absconding: Minister
Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu on Saturday said that only one positive case of coronavirus has been reported in the state and no suspected patient of infection is absconding or missing.
18:01 Raj Nivas in Puducherry to conduct Open House telephonically
In the backdrop of coronavirus pandemic, Raj Nivas will conduct its Open House telephonically.
The Open House will be conducted from Monday to Wednesday between 5 pm to 7 pm. The Raj Nivas has given the telephone numbers for the same.
18:00: One more person tested positive for coronavirus in Nagpur
One more person has tested positive for coronavirus in Nagpur, taking the count of positive cases in the city to 4.
17:51: Goa CM urges political parties to avoid closed-door meetings, mass gatherings
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday urged political parties to not organise closed-door meetings and meetings with large number of people during the run-up to the March 22 Zilla Panchayat polls, in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
17:30 84 positive cases of coronavirus in India
In all 84 positive cases of coronavirus has been reported so far from across the country, Sanjeeva Kumar, Special Secretary, Union Health Ministry, said on Saturday.
17:24: COVID-19 notified disaster; Centre announces Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia for deaths
The Central government has decided to treat coronavirus as a “notified disaster” for the purpose of providing assistance under the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and has announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 4 lakhs to families of those who die of coronavirus.
17:10: West Bengal closes schools, colleges till March 31
The West Bengal government has closed all educational institutions in the state till March 31 in the backdrop of coronavirus pandemic.
17:07: Doctors urge precautions, preventions; advise Namaste
As the number of coronavirus cases in India continues to rise, the medical fraternity across urged people to not panic and keep taking precautions to tackle the threat.
17:05: BCCI suspends all domestic tournaments including Irani Cup
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday suspended all its domestic tournaments including Irani Cup “till further notice” in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.
16:59: Goa CM holds high-level review meeting over coronavirus outbreak
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant held a high-level review meeting over the preparedness of the state in the wake of coronavirus outbreak. The Goa government has directed the closure of all schools, colleges, casinos, boat cruises, gyms, public swimming pools, spas, pubs, clubs, movie theatres and discos till March 31 in the state amid coronavirus pandemic. However, Senior Secondary Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) exams will be conducted as per schedule.
16: 52: Two more test positive for coronavirus in Maharashtra, total count climbs to 19
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Saturday told media that two more people have contracted the coronavirus in the state, taking the number of cases in the state to 19.
16: 31: In view of COVID-19 outbreak, Haryana bans all types of public gatherings
In view of the coronavirus outbreak, Haryana government on Saturday imposed a ban on public rallies to prevent the spreading of the lethal infection.
16:23: Centre declares coronavirus as ‘notified disaster’
In the wake of spurt in cases of coronavirus pandemic in the country, the Ministry of Home Affairs on Saturday decided to treat Covid-19 as a “notified disaster”.
16:00 Coronavirus cases rise to 11 in Afghanistan
A new case of coronavirus positive patient was reported in Herat province of north-western Afghanistan which mounted the total number of cases related to the viral infection to 11 on Saturday.
15:54: 335 passengers with travel history to COVID-19 affected countries untraceable: Punjab government
Punjab government on Saturday informed that as many as 335 passengers with travel history to the COVID-19 affected countries are untraceable.
15: 41: Saudi Arabia suspends international flights for two weeks
The Kingdom has temporarily suspended all international flights for two weeks to slow down the spread of coronavirus, local media reported on Saturday, quoting the Ministry of Interior.
14:56: 5 labs for coronavirus testing in UP: CM Yogi Adityanath
Five laboratories have been set up in the state with the help of Central government for the testing of coronavirus, said Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath here on Saturday.
14:33: 3 of 5 suspected COVID-19 patients return to Nagpur hospital
Three of the five suspected coronavirus patients who had escaped from Mayo Hospital yesterday, returned back on Saturday.
Ravindra H Thakare, Nagpur Collector & District Magistrate told the reporters: “Three of the five suspected coronavirus patients who had escaped from Mayo Hospital, have returned.” He further added that the police will be deployed outside the isolation ward.
14:19: Delhi govt forms teams to crack down on hoarders of masks, sanitizers amid coronavirus pandemic
Amid a shortage of protective masks and hand sanitisers in the face of deepening coronavirus crisis, the Delhi government has constituted teams to take action against suppliers overcharging for masks and sanitizers and those hoarding these items, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain said on Saturday.
13:55: COVID-19: Use of face mask, hand sanitiser compulsory in Nagaland
In order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, the Home department of Nagaland has mandated the use of face masks and hand sanitisers in all the public places.
13:33 Vietnam confirms 49th COVID-19 case
Vietnam’s Health Ministry on Saturday confirmed the 49th case of coronavirus infection in the country.
13:20: COVID-19 : CM closes schools, anganwadis in Himachal
In the backdrop of novel coronavirus outbreak, the state government has closed all educational institutions, Anganwadi centres and play-way schools till March 31.
13:01 Curfew to be imposed in Manila to contain COVID-19 spread
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority in the Philippines on Saturday announced that a curfew, starting with immediate effect from March 15, will be imposed in the national capital region as part of community quarantine measures to contain the COVID-19 spread.
-G7 leaders to host videoconference on COVID-19 next week
Leaders of Group of Seven (G7) will hold a videoconference on COVID-19 early next week, the White House said following a telephonic conversation between French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump on Friday.
-Infosys evacuates satellite office in Bengaluru
Infosys carried out evacuation at one of its satellite offices here on Friday after an employee came in contact with a suspected case of COVID-19, according to the company.
-COVID-19 : FIFA recommends postponement of international matches scheduled for March, April
In the backdrop of coronavirus pandemic, FIFA has recommended postponement of all the international matches scheduled for March and April.
-Places of public gatherings shut down in Karnataka amid coronavirus scare
Amid coronavirus threat, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has ordered shutting down for a week of all places/activities where people gather in large number including swimming pools, shopping malls, schools, colleges, cinema halls etc, state Health Minister B Sriramulu said.
-Confirmed coronavirus cases in India rise to 83
The total numbers of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India rose to 83, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Affairs said on Saturday.
-COVID-19: Centre restricts passenger movement through immigration checkposts
In view of the coronavirus outbreak, all passenger movements through immigration land checkposts at borders with Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar will be suspended from March 15 till further orders.