4 quarantined in Goa for suspected exposure
- Four people were admitted in the isolation ward of Goa Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday for suspected exposure.
- Their condition is stable and samples have been sent for testing, an official informed.
- There is no Covid-19 patient in the coastal state, a tourist haven, as yet.
- So far, 15,511 passengers have been screened for symptoms at the lone airport here, including 270 on Tuesday.
Malaysia reports first two deaths
Malaysia reported its first two deaths from the coronavirus pandemic today, as the number of confirmed cases reached 673.
According to a statement issued by the Sarawak state disaster management committee, the first victim, a 60-year-old pastor from the Emmanuel Baptist Church in state capital Kuching died in the Sarawak General Hospital at 11am on Tuesday.
The second victim was a 34-year-old man who had died at the Hospital Permai in Johor on Tuesday, the Health Ministry said. He had attended a mass religious gathering by the Tabligh missionary group held in late February at a mosque in Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia has the highest tally of infections in South-east Asia.
Israel tells people to avoid leaving their homes and public transportation
Israel’s Ministry of Health has instructed people to avoid leaving the home unless absolutely necessary and to avoid public transportation entirely if possible.
The new instructions bring Israel one step closer to a full lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus, though Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not yet enforced such stringent limitations.
The new instructions also encourage Israelis not to travel to meet with family members but instead to catch up over the phone or through video calls.
South Korea reports 84 new coronavirus cases, total at 8,320
South Korea reported 84 new coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s total infections to 8,320, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday.
Deputy head of Japan’s Olympic committee tests positive for coronavirus
Kozo Tashima has tested positive for Covid-19.
Despite that, top government officials have reiterated that the Games would go ahead as scheduled and will not be held behind closed doors.
The Japan Football Association, where Tashima, 62, doubles as the chairman, said he had travelled to Britain, the Netherlands and the United States from late February to early March, and was confirmed as positive for the virus on Tuesday afternoon.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday that Group of Seven leaders had agreed to support a “complete” Olympics, but dodged questions about whether any of the leaders had brought up the possibility of postponement.
Iranian Police Dispersed Crowds Who Force Their Way into Popular Shrines
Iranian police have dispersed crowds who forced their way into two popular shrines soon after they were closed because of the threat from the coronavirus outbreak.
Shia Muslims entered the Imam Reza shrine in Mashhad and the Fatima Masumeh shrine in Qom on Monday night, protesting at the closures announced earlier in the day on Iranian state television.
The shrines are normally open for prayers around the clock. Health officials had told pilgrims that kissing and touching the shrines could spread the virus, and had urged clergy to close them for weeks.
The virus has erupted as the world’s most popular religions prepare for important festivals during which large numbers of people usually gather to pray and celebrate. Easter and Passover take place next month, and the Islamic holy month of Ramadan – during which most of the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims will fast – begins around 23 April.
Research on vaccines and treatments progress
China has authorised clinical trials on its first vaccine developed to combat the new coronavirus, state media reported on Tuesday.
In other developments, US company Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc said it had identified hundreds of antibodies that could potentially treat the coronavirus.
Euro 2020 postponed
The Euro 2020 football tournament has been postponed to 2021 as a result of the coronavirus crisis, the Norwegian Football Association has announced.
The tournament was due to have been held this year from 12 June to 12 July across 12 countries, including England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.
The Norwegian FA tweeted: “Uefa has decided that the Euros should be postponed until 2021. It will be played from 11 June to 11 July next year.”
The postponement of the European Championship frees a month to try to finish club competitions including the Champions and Europa Leagues but will cause another headache, given the women’s European Championship is scheduled for 7 July to 1 August in England next year.
New COVID-19 Case in India
A 49-year-old person has also been tested positive for COVID19 in Mumbai today; he has travel history to USA. With this, total number of COVID19 cases rises to 41 in Maharashtra.
Jordan’s security forces prepared to “use force”
Jordan’s Directorate of General Security have said they are “prepared to use force” to enforce the kingdom’s coronavirus lockdown, according to state-owned Jordan News Agency.
Security forces said they will use all the means available to them, including “the use of appropriate force to implement the decisions that aim to protect citizens and preserve their safety.”
On Tuesday, the kingdom announced a two-week lockdown to stop the spread of the pandemic.
People can only leave their homes in cases of “extreme necessity,” public transport has been suspended, and work in the private and public sector has also been temporarily stopped. Only “emergency” medical surgeries and consultations are permitted.
The country’s military is also set to deploy at the entrances and exits of main cities. The government has banned people from moving between provinces.
Jordan has 35 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 virus. More than 4,700 people are in quarantine, according to Minister of Health Saad Jaber.
Kuwait Donates $40 Million to the WHO
Kuwait donated $40 million to the World Health Organisation in order to support their effort against the novel coronavirus, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Khaled Sulaiman Al-Jarallah announced in a press conference.
Iran state TV warned coronavirus could kill ‘millions’ in Islamic Republic if public keeps traveling, ignoring health guidance.
France Officially Enters Lockdown
France officially entered lockdown at midday Tuesday local time (7 a.m. ET) as part of a number of measures announced by President Emmanuel Macron.
All non-essential outings are outlawed and can draw a fine of up to €135 ($148).
In a televised speech Monday, Macron also promised to support French businesses by guaranteeing €300 billion worth of loans, as well as suspending rent and utility bills owed by small companies.
Saudi Stage Virtual G20 Summit
Saudi Arabia, the current chair of the group of the world’s 20 most industrialized nations, is to stage a virtual G20 summit in the coming days in a bid to show global leaders have coordinated medical and economic plans to control coronavirus.
Members of the G20, mainly western nations and Japan, held a smaller virtual summit on Monday promising to do whatever it takes to bring the west through the crisis. The G20 also brings in China, India, Brazil, Russia, Korea, Turkey, Australia and South Africa, and other big drivers of the world economy.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been pressing hardest in public for such a summit, but the Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez also called for the e-meeting in a phone call with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The next formal summit of the G20 is not scheduled until November in Riyadh.
Kerala Launches “Break The Chain” Campaign
In a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus or COVID-19 virus across the state, the Kerala government has launched a mass hand washing campaign named ”break the chain” to combat coronavirus.
The campaign aims to educate people about the importance of public and personal hygiene.
Under this campaign, the Pinarayi Vijayan-led government has installed water taps at public spots such as at the entry and exit gates of the railway stations with hand wash bottles.
It is also urging people to use hand sanitizers when they are outdoors. Sanitisers have also been made available in all offices.
On Monday, the Chief Minister informed media that three new cases of coronavirus had been reported in the state, taking the total to 24.
A total of 126 positive cases of coronavirus have been reported in India so far.
Iraq Records New Casualities
Iraq has recorded 21 new coronavirus casualties.
Iran Death Toll Increase
Iran said the death toll from coronavirus has climbed to 988 with 135 new fatalities, with 1,178 confirmed new cases in the past 24 hours.
Jordan Suspends Private Sector Work
Jordan has suspended private-sector work except for the health industry, prohibited gatherings of more than 10 people and the movement between governorates.
Egypt Places over 300 Families Under Quarantine
Egypt has placed over 300 families under quarantine in a Delta village to stem the spread of the new coronavirus after two deaths were recorded this month originating from the area. “We have confined more than 300 families to their homes where they will remain in quarantine,” Health Minister Hala Zayed told late-night television host Amr Adib.
Jordanian Army Will Deploy at Entrances and Exits of Main Cities
The Jordanian army said on Tuesday it will deploy at entrances and exits of main cities in the kingdom in a move officials said was ahead of an imminent announcement of a state of emergency to combat the spread of coronavirus.
The country, which has already announced a tight lockdown after the number of confirmed cases of the virus rose to least 34, was about to take further imminent steps that include announcing a state of emergency, officials told Reuters.
Sri Lanka Bans All Incoming Flights
Sri Lanka said on Tuesday said it will ban all incoming flights for two weeks to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Flights already in the air will be allowed to land and passengers to disembark, said Mohan Samaranayake, a spokesman for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Number of Cases in Indonesia Rises
Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation, has just reported another 26 cases, bringing its total to 172.
The country of 264 million did not record its first cases until 2 March. A week ago, the country had carried out only 220 tests. This has now risen to nearly a thousand.
Kuwait Registers 7 New Virus Cases
Kuwait reported on Tuesday seven new cases of the coronavirus, bring the total in the country to 130.
A health ministry spokesman said four of the patients were in intensive care, one of whom is in critical condition.
All the new cases were related to travel to the United Kingdom.
Flydubai temporarily suspends services to India
Gulf airline flydubai has temporarily suspended its services to India for a month due to travel and visa restrictions in the wake of coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.
Iran Temporarily Freed about 85,000 Prisoners
Iran has temporarily freed about 85,000 prisoners, including political prisoners, a spokesman for its judiciary said on Tuesday, in response to the coronavirus epidemic.
On March 10, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran said he had asked Tehran to free all political prisoners temporarily from its overcrowded and disease-ridden jails to help stem the spread of coronavirus. Javaid Rehman, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, said earlier in March that Iranian prisoners have been infected with coronavirus.
Philippines Cebu Pacific Flights Cancelled
The Philippines’ Cebu Pacific said all its domestic and international flights will be cancelled from March 19 to April 14 to support coronavirus quarantine measures.
Algeria Suspends Certain Travels
Algeria suspended travel to and from five Arab and six African Sahel countries to curb the spread of coronavirus. The five Arab countries include Tunisia, Dubai, Egypt, Qatar and Jordan.
South Korea Plans to Tighten Border Checks
South Korea said on Tuesday it plans to tighten border checks for all arrivals from overseas to prevent new cases of coronavirus coming into the country at a time when domestically transmitted infections are subsiding. The stricter checks for all arrivals will start on Thursday and come as China also stepped up monitoring of foreign travelers, in the latest sign of the pandemic’s shifting center of gravity from Asia to Europe.
Philippine Stock Exchange Closed
The Philippine Stock Exchange was closed with no trading Tuesday after the president placed the northern part of the country including Manila in quarantine.
The exchange’s CEO said the end of trading activity would be “until further notice.” The Philippines has 140 cases of infection.
A religious gathering is at the center of a coronavirus cluster
A religious gathering at a mosque in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur is at the center of a cluster of coronavirus cases in Southeast Asia.
From February 27 to March 1, about 16,000 people attended a four-day “Ijtima Tabligh”, or religious gathering at the city’s Seri Petaling Mosque, according to Malaysia’s health ministry.
About 1,500 of those attendees were foreigners, with many traveling from around the region.
Health ministry director general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that to date, the ministry has identified 8,682 attendees.
Malaysia: On Monday, Malaysia confirmed 125 new cases in the country, 95 of which are linked to the religious gathering. On Sunday, the country reported 190 new cases, with most of those new infections linked to the meeting, the health ministry said. Malaysia has over 550 cases in total, according to the World Health Organization.
Brunei: Most of Brunei’s 54 reported coronavirus cases are people who attended the gathering or had close contact with people who did, according to numbers from the country’s health ministry.
Singapore: 90 people from Singapore were identified as having attending the event, and five of those have tested positive for coronavirus, according to the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore.
Qutub Minar has been closed till 31st March due to Coronavirus.
Egypt reports largest single-day spike in new cases
Egypt has reported its largest spike in daily cases, with 40 more people testing positive and two more deaths, the health ministry announced Monday night.
The first death was a 50-year-old Egyptian man, who died in the city of Dakahlia after coming in contact with a woman who last week also died of the virus. The man’s family are currently under quarantine after testing positive for the virus, the health ministry said.
The second death was a 72-year-old German man who died in a hospital in Luxor, the health ministry said. Last week, dozens of tourists were quarantined on a cruise boat, also in Luxor, after testing positive for the virus.
Egypt now has 166 coronavirus cases with a total of four deaths, the health ministry said.
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively donate $1 million to help food non-profits
One of Hollywood’s most famous couples is helping feed those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively said Monday they’re donating $1 million to two organizations to help older adults and low-income families — Feeding America and Food Banks Canada.
Those groups, said statements posted to Reynolds and Lively’s Twitter accounts, have been “brutally impacted” by Covid-19.
“Take care of your bodies and hearts,” Reynolds’ statement said. “Leave room for joy. Call someone who’s isolated and might need connection.”
Pakistan Coronavirus Cases Triple in 2 Days
Pakistan reported today that the country has 184 cases of the coronavirus — more than three times the number reported just two days ago.
On Sunday, the national tally was 53 cases. And just the day before that, the tally was 28.
Many of the newly reported cases in these recent spikes have come from pilgrims who were retested in their home districts after already being quarantined two weeks ago at the Iran-Pakistan border.
Pakistan has shut down schools, cinemas, and courts, but public transportation and places of business still remain largely operational. On Friday, Pakistan also shut its borders with Iran and Afghanistan.
Philippines becomes the first country to suspend all markets as coronavirus spreads.
Coronavirus Crisis Updates in India
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi asks BJP MPs to spread awareness about coronavirus while saying the ongoing Parliament’s Budget Session will not be curtailed.
- Two people in Uttar Pradesh’s Noida test positive for coronavirus, health officials say.
- Coronavirus to hit movement-driven sectors, disrupt supply chains: Moody’s.
- Coronavirus patient dies in Maharashtra, toll rises to three in India, Health Ministry says.
- India bans entry of passengers from Afghanistan, Philippines, Malaysia with immediate effect.
- A 21-year-old youth football coach has died in Malaga after contracting COVID-19, his club said.
- Number of coronavirus cases in the country rises to 126.
The world’s biggest film industry is halting production
The Indian film industry is halting all productions from March 19-31 as part of efforts to contain the novel coronavirus in the country.
With up to 2,000 films produced every year in over 20 regional languages, the Indian film industry is the world’s biggest when it comes to the number of films made.
In recent weeks, Bollywood’s biggest stars have taken to social media to raise awareness on how to prevent the spread of coronavirus in a country of more than a billion people.
Corona Virus Update in China
The country where the pandemic began reported 21 new confirmed cases of coronavirus — all but one imported from overseas — and 13 new deaths by end of day on Monday, according to China’s National Health Commission.
This brings the death toll in mainland China to 3,226 and total confirmed cases to 80,881. Some 68,679 patients in mainland China have recovered and been discharged from hospitals.
India to ban travelers from the European Union, UK and Turkey
India is banning all travelers from the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom from midnight Wednesday local time, the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.
Airlines will be prohibited from boarding any passengers from these countries — including Indian nationals — at the first port of departure.
Passengers from these countries returning to India before the ban takes effect will be immediately quarantined for 14 days.
The country has also expanded its compulsory quarantine measures for 14 days to all passengers transiting or coming through the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait from Wednesday.
The measures will be in place until March 31 and will be reviewed subsequently.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India stands at 114, including two deaths.
Pakistan’s coronavirus tally rises to 94
Forty one new cases of the novel coronavirus surfaced in Pakistan, bringing the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 94 on Monday, an official said. As of Sunday, the country reported 53 coronavirus cases.
One more tested positive in Maharastra, India
Yavatmal District Collector MD Singh: One more person, with travel history to Dubai, has been tested positive for #coronavirus. With this, the total number of COVID-19 cases rises to 38 in Maharashtra.
Tunisia Bans All Gatherings
Tunisia bans all gatherings, closes public parks and markets to tackle the spread of coronavirus, said Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh.
“Game of Thrones” Actor says he’s Tested Positive
Actor Kristofer Hivju, best known for his role as Tormund Giantsbane in “Game of Thrones,” announced in an Instagram post on Monday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
Hivju said he was experiencing “mild symptoms” of a cold, and he and his family are self-isolating at their home in Norway.
Oman registered two new cases
Oman’s Ministry of Health has registered two new cases of coronavirus after two Omani citizens tested positive. “Their condition is stable and they are under home isolation,” Ministry said in a statement. “This brings the total registered cases to 24,” the health ministry added.