Coronavirus live updates: MEA shares helplines as coronavirus cases in India surge to 114

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New Delhi: The coronavirus in India is spreading more and more. COVID-19 which originated in China’s Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 100 countries.

A total of 114 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed across India, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Sunday.

Considering the effect of coronavirus across the world, 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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MEA shares helplines as COVID-19 cases in India surge to 114

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) shared different helplines on social media to tackle the coronavirus outbreak in the country as the total number of positive cases in India reached 117 on Monday.
“@MEAIndia’s helplines for COVID-19 Control Centre are open.

Telephone receiver Control Room : 1800118797 (toll free) +91- 11- 23012113
+91- 11- 23014104
+91- 11- 23017905
Fax machine +91- 011- 23018158 (fax)
Mail on covid19@mea.gov.in,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar wrote on Twitter.
In the last 24 hours, four new cases have been reported in the country.
As many as 13 people have been cured so far.
The deadly bug which started spreading from the central Chinese city of Wuhan last year has killed more than 6000 people across the globe and infected more than a lakh others.

20:01 PM: Trump holds call with food giants executives urges Americans to stop hoarding essential items
US President Donald Trump on Sunday held a phone call with the leaders of Americans food industries and stressed on the supply chains across the United States which has been affected by the global coronavirus pandemic. Trump spoke with CEOs of major grocery chains including Whole Foods, Wegmans, Publix and Aldi. Trump urges Americans to stop hoarding food, supplies.

News of Trump’s call with food and grocery industry leaders came as reports have emerged in the media of some Americans and companies price-gouging and hoarding supplies such as hand sanitizer as the worst infection outbreak is spreading rapidly across the country, infecting at least 3,485 with 65 fatalities, The Hill reported.

19:47: Siddhivinayak temple closed till further notice
In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the Siddhivinayak Temple Trust on Monday decided to close the temple till further notice.

19:16 PM: Odisha adopts ‘Carrot and Stick’ policy to track all those entering state from abroad
After a 33-year-old man tested positive for the novel coronavirus here, Odisha government on Monday announced to adopt ‘carrot and stick’ method to track all incoming foreigners.

18:57 PM: Saudi Arabia, UAE close cinemas amid ongoing coronavirus outbreak
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have joined the growing list of countries that have closed cinemas amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
According to The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday, the UAE, Gulf region’s biggest market in terms of the box office, and Saudi Arabia announced that they would shut down all theatres for a minimum of two weeks.

18:11 PM: Maharashtra Raj Bhavan tour suspended till March 31
Raj Bhavan tours for the public have been suspended till March 31 in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.

17:55 PM: One more COVID-19 case in Maharashtra, count climbs to 39
Maharashtra has reported another positive case of coronavirus, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state to 39.

17:39 PM: COVID-19: Chandigarh bans gatherings of over 100 till March 31
Amid coronavirus threat, Chandigarh Administration on Monday banned all social, cultural, sports, political, religious, academic and family mass gatherings of 100 or more people till March 31.

17:30 PM: Punjab Govt extends services of doctors and paramedical staff till Sept 30
In the wake of Coronavirus scare, the Punjab Government passed a resolution on Monday extending the services of doctors and paramedical staff working with the state health and family welfare department till September 30, 2020.

17:26 PM: Dibrugarh shuts schools, cinemas till March 31
Amid coronavirus outbreak, the Dibrugarh administration on Monday said that all schools, movie theatres and public places will remain closed till March 31 as a precautionary measure.

17:17 PM: Coronavirus cases in India rise to 114
The number of coronavirus cases in India has risen to 114 on Monday, Ministry of Health and Family Affairs said. In the last 24 hours, four cases have increased in the country. As many as 13 people have been cured so far. Today, Odisha has also reported the first case from the deadly infection, which caused around 6000 death globally.

16:55 PM: Punjab Cabinet reviews COVID-19 preparedness, urges people not to panic
Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh led Punjab government on Monday issued a strong appeal to the people not to panic in view of the coronavirus scare but to take all necessary precautions, while avoiding crowded places and mass gatherings.

16:51 PM: Ghaziabad DM instructs civic bodies to be on high alert
In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, District Magistrate of Ghaziabad Ajay Shankar Pandey on Monday instructed all officials of Ghaziabad Development Authority, Municipal Corporation and other civic agencies to remain on high alert.

16:49 PM: Bahrain reports first death related to coronavirus in Gulf
Bahrain reported its first coronavirus-related death case on Monday, also marking the first death from the rapidly spreading killer bug among the other countries in the Gulf region.

15:57 PM: Maharashtra CM convenes meeting on coronavirus
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday convened a meeting to review steps taken to contain the spread of coronavirus after the number of COVID-19 cases in the state rose to 38. The meeting was attended by Health Minister Rajesh Tope and the Chief Secretary of the state. All district magistrates joined the meeting via video-conferencing. Earlier in the day, Tope chaired a meeting of Health Department officials and reviewed the coronavirus spread situation.

15:51 PM: Coronavirus: Parks, gardens closed in Srinagar
The District Magistrate and Development Commissioner, Srinagar, Shahid Choudhary announced on Twitter that all parks and gardens in Srinagar will remain closed till further notice.

15:41 PM: Bihar govt to bear treatment cost of coronavirus patients : Nitish Kumar
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said that the state government will bear the entire expenses incurred on the treatment of the coronavirus patients.

15:37 PM: COVID-19: Govt unwilling to curtail Parliament session
While MPs from several political parties have suggested curtailment of the ongoing Parliament session in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak, senior leaders of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) said that there is no plan for rescheduling the session till now.

15:35 PM: Coronavirus hits hard businesses at Varanasi ‘ghats’
The poor footfall at the ‘ghats’ due to coronavirus scare has hit small businesses hard, leaving nearly 50,000 families in the lurch.

15:34 PM: Delhi govt orders municipal corporation commissioners to set up mobile washbasins
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday instructed the municipal corporations to set up mobile washbasins in the national capital as part of preventive measures to contain the spread of coronavirus.

15:14 PM: Tiger Reserves, Sanctuaries and National Parks to remain closed in Assam till March 29
The Assam Government on Monday decided to shut down all tiger reserves, sanctuaries and national parks in the state from March 17 to March 29, as a precautionary measure to halt the spread of COVID-19.

14:34: PM Modi lauds efforts of doctors, nurses, municipal workers in fighting COVID-19
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday lauded the efforts of doctors, nurses, municipal workers and other citizens in fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

14:12 PM: One more COVID-19 case in Maharashtra, count climbs to 38
The number of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra rose to 38 after one more person tested positive for COVID-19 in Yavatmal, said the District Collector MD Singh.

13:46 PM: UP govt taking all possible steps to fight coronavirus , says Yogi Adityanath
Uttar Pradesh government has taken all possible steps to prevent the spread of deadly coronavirus, said Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday.

13:43 PM: Kejriwal govt bans large gatherings, shuts down gyms, night clubs, spas
In order to contain the spread of deadly coronavirus, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced that all gyms, night clubs and spas in the national capital will remain closed till March 31.

13:38: Bank Of Japan ramps up asset buying to help support economy amid coronavirus outbreak
The Bank of Japan said on Monday it will buy exchange-traded funds at double the current pace to about 112.55 billion dollars annually as part of the measures to help support the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

13:29 PM: One arrested for duping woman of Rs 4 lakhs for surgical masks
Mumbai Police have arrested a person for allegedly duping a woman of Rs 4 lakhs on the pretext of providing surgical masks. The lady runs a company that supplies uniforms to various clients in the international market. She had recently received an order to supply 1.6 lakh face masks to France and Oman, following this she visited a website on which the accused, identified as Abrar Mushtaq had put up his details.

13:25 PM: Delhi HC to issue more directions in wake of coronavirus pandemic
Days after restricting its functioning to urgent matters in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Delhi High Court on Monday said that it will soon issue more directions in the matter.

13:23 PM: Four new coronavirus cases in Maharashtra
Four new cases of coronavirus have been reported in Maharashtra on Monday, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state to 37, the state Health Ministry said.

12:33 PM: Madhya Pradesh Assembly adjourned till Mar 26, in view of coronavirus
The Madhya Pradesh Assembly, which assembled on Monday morning for the beginning of the Budget session was adjourned immediately after the Governor’s address till March 26, in view of coronavirus.

12:31 PM: Coronavirus: Pakistan-Bangladesh ODI, Test postponed
In the wake of coronavirus pandemic outbreak, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Monday decided to postpone their upcoming ODI and Test series.

11: 48 AM: Chief of Universal Music tests positive for coronavirus
After being tested positive for COVID-19, chairman and CEO of Universal Music, Lucian Grainge, has been hospitalized. According to Variety, Grainge is currently receiving treatment at the Los Angeles’ UCLA Medical Center. The 60-year-old chairman of the music company recently celebrated his 60th birthday on February 29 in Palm Springs.

11: 44 AM: One more positive COVID-19 case reported from Maharashtra’s Pimpri-Chinchwad
One more person tested positive for coronavirus in Maharashtra’s Pimpri-Chinchwad, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 33, Maharashtra Health Department said on Monday.

11:29 AM: One foreign, 8 Indian students kept under 14-day isolation at IIT Roorkee
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee has kept under 14-day isolation one foreign and eight Indian students on suspicion of coronavirus.

11: 20 AM: Odisha reports first coronavirus case
Odisha on Monday reported its first case of coronavirus. A 33-year-old man tested positive for the infection in Bhubaneswar, said Subroto Bagchi, Chief Spokesperson on Covid-19 for Odisha Government. The man returned from Italy to Delhi on March 6 and then reached Bhubaneswar by train.

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