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As global concerns mount over the COVID-19 (or Coronavirus) pandemic, the world of travel is anxiously keeping tabs on all the latest developments. Several countries are now mulling border shutdowns or more stringent airport screenings. India, too, is bracing in preparation. According to the Union Health Ministry, the country has registered 169 positive cases of the COVID-19 virus as of March 19. This includes 144 Indian nationals and 25 foreign nationals. The country has reported three virus-related deaths so far from Karnataka, Delhi, and Maharashtra; and 14 patients have been cured. The Ministry of Health has activated toll-free number (1075) for coronavirus support. As nations across the world race to contain the virus, we are tracking the latest travel updates.
March 19, 10 a.m.: The Assam government has issued an advisory, urging all liquor bars, night clubs, beauty parlours and salons to close their respective establishments.
March 19, 8 a.m.: The outbreak of coronavirus worsened on Wednesday with 27 new cases reported by 11 different states and union territories. The tally in India stands at 169 cases, as reported by TOI.
March 18, 12. 45 p.m.: Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort closed for tourists till March 31.
March 18, 9.30 p.m.: Arunachal Pradesh shuts down educational institutes, cinema halls, weekly markets till 5 April.
March 18, 11.45 a.m.: In the first case of the coronavirus in the Indian Army, a 34-year-old soldier has tested positive for the infection in Leh, army sources said on Wednesday as the the total number of cases in India rose to 147.
March 18, 11.30 p.m.: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday declared a “human biosecurity emergency” and said the country’s citizens should abandon all overseas travel because of the coronavirus epidemic.
March 18, 11 a.m.: All parks & gardens of Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) are closed till March 31.
March 18, 10.30 p.m.: The United States and Canada are preparing to issue a joint statement in the next 24-48 hours to suspend non-essential travel between the two countries, reports CNN.
March 18, 10 a.m.: Two more have tested positive in Ladakh, count rises to 8.
March 18, 9 a.m.: Effective Thursday, Bolivia has decided to close its border to curb coronavirus spread.
March 18, 8 a.m.: Entry of foreign tourists to Jammu and Kashmir has been banned as a precautionary measure in view of the coronavirus outbreak around the world.
March 17, 8 p.m.: Total number of confirmed cases across India reaches 137: Health Ministry.
March 17, 7.30 p.m.: With first COVID-19 case, Pondicherry goes in for shutdown
March 17, 7 p.m.: UEFA has decided to postpone this year’s European Championship until 2021 because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, according to the Norwegian FA.
March 17, 6 p.m.: France has officially entered lockdown at midday Tuesday local time as part of a number of measures announced by President Emmanuel Macron. All non-essential outings are outlawed and can impose a fine.
March 17, 5 p.m.: Iran has confirmed 1,178 new cases of coronavirus, the biggest increase the country has seen over a 24-hour period.
March 17, 4.30 p.m.: The government of Macao will ban all travellers from overseas countries from entering starting from midnight March 18.
March 17, 4 p.m.: Kazakhstan will lock down its capital Nur-Sultan and biggest city Almaty from March 19.
March 17, 3.40 p.m.: Shanghai has said that all those travelling from South Korea, Italy, Iran, Japan, France, Spain, Germany, the United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium will have to self-quarantine for 14 days.
March 17, 3.30 p.m.: Sri Lanka has reportedly banned all its incoming flights for the next two weeks. Meanwhile, organisers of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 have said that they would be scaling back parts of the torch relay in light of the virus outbreak. They said that spectators and torch bearers who are feeling unwell, will not be allowed to watch from the roadside or participate in the event, respectively.
March 17, 3.20 p.m.: Airbus has suspended its production and assembly operations at its plants in France and Spain for a few days.
— Alex Macheras (@AlexInAir) March 17, 2020
March 17, 3 p.m.: All gardens and parks have been temporarily closed in Jammu and Kashmir.
March 17, 2.50 p.m.: Philippines becomes the first country to suspend all markets as coronavirus spreads.
March 17, 2.30 p.m.: Uttarakhand declares coronavirus as an epidemic. Tiger reserves, sanctuaries, national parks and zoos in the state to will remain closed till March 31.
March 17, 2 p.m.: Gulf airline flydubai has temporarily suspended its services to India for a month due to travel and visa restrictions.
March 17, 1.45 p.m.: A 29-year-old woman from Haryana’s Gurgaon district has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, a health official said on Tuesday. This is the first confirmed case in the state.
March 17, 1.30 p.m.: Budget airline Cebu Pacific, a major operator in the Philippines, is canceling all flights — domestic and international — from Thursday through April 14.
March 17, 1 p.m.: New measures and restrictions will go into effect today in France, limiting people’s movements and activities as the country’s coronavirus cases continue to spike. All vehicle and pedestrian movements nationwide will have to be justified — meaning “each person, for each movement, will need to fill a document, stating on their honor, the reason of their movement,” French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said yesterday.
March 17, 12.30 p.m.: Red Fort has been temporarily closed while Rajghat and Qutub Minar have been closed till March 31 due to the outbreak. The main Tibetan Temple (Tsuglagkhang) in Mcleodganj will also be closed till April 15.
March 17, 12 p.m.: All shops to remain shut in Pune for three days.
March 17, 11.30 a.m.: Coronavirus deaths cross 7,100 worldwide
March 17, 11 a.m.: Kyrgyzstan has closed borders over coronavirus and has banned entry to all foreigners to safeguard against a coronavirus, Deputy Prime Minister Altynai Omurbekova said on Tuesday.
March 17, 9 a.m.: One person has been confirmed dead in Mumbai. The person had multiple health complications apart from being infected by COVID-19.
March 16, 9 p.m.: New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut ban gatherings of more than 50 people.
March 16, 8 p.m.: Several historical sites, including Ajanta and Ellora Caves in Aurangabad will remain closed from March 19 till April 7 because of coronavirus outbreak in Maharashtra, says an official. Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai will also remain shut for devotees until further notice.
March 7 p.m.: Taj Mahal to shut down till March 31.
March 16, 5.30 p.m.: Starting today, the government has banned travellers from EU, Turkey & UK from March 18.
March 16, 4.55 p.m.: The number of coronavirus cases in India has risen to 114 with one new case each in Ladakh, Odisha, Jammu and Kashmir, and Kerala, PTI quoted Health Ministry officials as saying.
March 16, 4.30 p.m.: Bahrain records first coronavirus death in Gulf Cooperation Council.
March 16, 4 p.m.: Meghalaya government shuts schools and colleges till March 31 to avoid mass gatherings in view of coronavirus outbreak.
March 16, 3.30 p.m.: Bihar government to bear full expenses of treatment of coronavirus patients in state, says CM Nitish Kumar.
March 16, 3 p.m.: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has advised all gyms, night clubs and spas to be closed till March 31. Any gathering with more than 50 persons excluding weddings will not be allowed.
March 16, 2.30 p.m.: Rwanda’s first coronavirus case is an Indian who travelled there from Mumbai, health officials confirmed on March 8.
March 16, 2 p.m.: One more person, with travel history to Dubai, has been tested positive for coronavirus, Yavatmal District Collector MD Singh has said. This brings Maharashtra’s tally of total cases to 38.
March 16, 1.30 p.m.: The Andaman & Nicobar administration has shut all travel and tourism related activities in the union territory starting Monday till March 26.
March 16, 1 p.m.: The Ministry of Bhutan has said that all travellers entering the country will have to be quarantined for two weeks at a designated quarantine facility.
NOTIFICATION: All travelers entering Bhutan will be quarantined for 14 days at the designated quarantine facility effective from today (16 March 2020). Individuals are REQUESTED to HONESTLY declare your travel… https://t.co/Sip8w89KZ9
— Ministry of Health, Bhutan (@MoHBhutan) March 16, 2020
March 16, 12.50 p.m.: Officials in Puri, a major tourist hotspot in Odisha, have reportedly been asking all tourists to leave the city in wake of the coronavirus outspread. Meanwhile, all tiger reserves, sanctuaries and national parks in Assam will remain closed between March 17 and 29, on order of the Assam government.
March 16, 12.30 p.m.: Film Bodies in India like the Federation of Western Indian Cine Employees (FWICE), Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) and Producers Guild of India have said that in light of the global pandemic, they are suspending all shootings of films, TV shows and web series on hold from March 19 to 31.
To contain the spread of #coronavirus, film bodies in India including Federation of Western Indian Cine Employees, Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association and Producers Guild of India decided to put shootings of films, TV shows and web series on hold from March 19 to 31.
— Prasar Bharati News Services (@PBNS_India) March 16, 2020
March 16, 12 p.m.: Singapore Airlines is waiving off rebooking fees for tickets issued on or before March 15, for travel up to May 31.
#TravelUpdate | In light of #COVID19 outbreak, #SingaporeAirlines is waiving off rebooking fees for tickets issued on or before March 15, for travel up to May 31. Meanwhile, #Scoot is offering voucher refunds for full value of bookings for those travelling up to May 31. pic.twitter.com/bj2HRoSyvf
— NatGeoTravellerIndia (@NGTIndia) March 16, 2020
March 16, 11 a.m.: Odisha has reported of its first case of coronavirus. The 31-year-old man had recently returned from Italy to Delhi, where he tested negative for the screening process. However, for precautionary measures, he was asked to self quarantine for a period of 14 days. However, he soon left Delhi before the stipulated time and took a train to Bhubaneswar by the Rajdhani Express on March 12, following which he reportedly began to experience symptoms. He then visited the Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar, where the results showed that he had the virus. The man has been admitted to the hospital, while his family has been placed in home-quarantine.
March 16, 10.30 a.m.: In an ominous note, global aviation consultancy firm CAPA has said that by the end of May, 2020, most airlines in the world would be bankrupt unless governments and the industry take steps in unison to avoid this situation.
March 16, 10 a.m.: The south-east Australian state of Victoria, on Monday, has declared an unprecedented state of emergency for the next four weeks in light of the rapid spread of the virus. Meanwhile, the Australian Capital Territory has also declared a state of public health emergency, after assessing the situation.
March 16, 9.30 p.m.: The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, has ordered the shut down of most of the city’s nightlife, as a precautionary measure to contain the virus. To this end, all nightclubs, movie theaters and concert venues will be temporarily shut.
The virus can spread rapidly through the close interactions New Yorkers have in restaurants, bars and places where we sit close together. We have to break that cycle. Tomorrow, I will sign an Executive Order limiting restaurants, bars and cafes to food take-out and delivery.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) March 16, 2020
March 16, 9 a.m.: South Korea has reported of 74 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total count to 8,236.
March 15, 9.25 p.m.: Spain records more than 100 deaths and around 2000 cases over the last twenty four hours, raising the total figures to 288 and 7700 respectively.
March 15, 9:20 p.m.: Germany to close its borders with France, Austria and Switzerland to stop the spread of the coronavirus and quell panic-buying.
March 15, 8.30 p.m.: In Hyderabad, a 46-year old man becomes the third person to test positive for the novel coronavirus in the state of Telangana. He had recently travelled to the Netherlands.
March 15, 8.20 p.m.: Hong Kong urges its citizens to avoid any non-essential travel to Ireland, Britain and the USA.
March 15, 8.10 p.m.: Singapore’s Ministry of Health announces that “all travellers (including Singapore Residents, Long Term Pass holders, and short-term visitors) entering Singapore with recent travel history to ASEAN countries, Japan, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom within the last 14 days will be issued with a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN)”, starting March 17.
March 15, 7:50 p.m.: All international passenger flights to and from Morocco have been cancelled.
March 15, 3.10 p.m: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to shut down the Mumbai Zoo (Veer Mata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan And Zoo) at Byculla.
March 15, 2:50 p.m.: Italy recorded 2547 cases of the novel coronavirus, and 252 deaths on Saturday, the largest increase in one day since the outbreak. Total number of cases in the country rises to 21,157, behind only China.
March 15, 2.15 p.m.: The UAE will stop issuing travel visas starting the March 17. Moreover, its central bank has pledged a 27 billion USD stimulus package to counteract the negative effects of the coronavirus outbreak on the national economy.
March 15, 1.30 p.m: After declaring that kindergarten school will be shut across Tamil Nadu starting March 16 until March 31, the state government has said that cinema halls and malls will be shut in the 16 districts near the Kerala and Karnataka borders.
March 15, 12.15 p.m.: Total confirmed novel coronavirus positive cases in Maharashtra increases to 32, after a 59-year old woman tested positive in Aurangabad. She had recently travelled to Russia and Kazakhstan.
March 15, 12 p.m.: The Health Ministry has updated the total number of COVID-19 affected cases to 107 in India. Of these, nine have been cured and two have died.
— ANI (@ANI) March 15, 2020
March 15, 11.30 a.m.: An order by the Mumbai Police “prohibits the conduct of any kind of tour involving a group of people traveling together to foreign or domestic destinations organized by private tour operators or otherwise.”
March 15, 10.45 a.m.: As the novel coronavirus continues to spread through the USA, the country’s travel ban has been extended to include the UK and Ireland. Over in Europe, Spain, France and Germany see a spike in cases. and Italy remains under lockdown. Residents of Spain are only allowed to leave their homes for work, and restaurants, cafes, cinemas and nightclubs in France to be shut down.
March 15, 10.15 a.m.: Number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases in Maharashtra jumps from 19 to 31 in one day, making it the state with the most cases in India, followed by Kerala.
March 15, 10 a.m.: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces that those arriving in Australia after midnight Monday (local time) will have to self-quarantine for 14 days. He has also imposed a ban on cruise ships docking in Australia, which has recorded 249 cases and 3 deaths.
March 15, 8.30 a.m.: Metro Manila, the National Capital Region of the Philippines goes under partial lockdown today. The region comprises 16 cities, and is home to 12.8 million people. All sea, air and land transport has been suspended till 14th April.
March 15, 8 a.m.: A 45-year old man from Mayur Vihar Phase II becomes Delhi’s first novel coronavirus patient to recover fully from the viral infection.
March 15, 5:15 a.m.: Dona Begona Gomez, wife of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
March 14, 7.30 p.m.: Confirmed coronavirus infections in the Netherlands rises by 155 to 959.
March 14, 7 p.m.: The Spanish government is to put the country under lockdown as part of its state of emergency measures meant to combat the coronavirus, several media including El Mundo and Cadena Ser reported on Saturday.
March 14, 6.30 p.m.: Casinos, pubs, other public places to remain closed in Goa.
March 14, 6 p.m.: Maharashtra government has asked all schools, colleges and other government institutions to remain shut until March 31.
March 14, 5.30 p.m.: Czech Republic has shut pubs and restaurants for 10 days starting Saturday morning. It has also ordered most shops, except food supermarkets, pharmacies, gas station and other stores selling vital items, to close.
March 14, 5 p.m.: The Ministry of Home Affairs has declared “a notified disaster” in the country for the purpose of providing assistance under the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF).
March 14, 4.30 p.m.: Philippines has declared night curfew in Manila to combat coronavirus.
March 14, 4 p.m.: BCCI suspends all remaining domestic games including Irani Cup until further notice.
March 14, 3.30 p.m.: One more person has tested positive in Lucknow. A 20-year-old man, resident of Indiranagar, was shifted to the isolation ward of the King George’s Medical University (KGMU) in the morning after lab test confirmed.
March 14, 3 p.m.: Iran’s death toll rises by 97 pushing totals deaths in the nation to 611.
March 14, 2.30 p.m.: According to Telangana Health Ministry, one more person with travel history to Italy has tested positive for coronavirus today. He is currently under surveillance at an isolation ward at a state-run hospital in Hyderabad.
March 14, 2 p.m.:
States that have restricted public gathering:
March 14, 1.45 p.m.: 21 Indians, who were stranded in coronavirus-affected Italy, were brought to Kochi on Saturday following which they were shifted to Aluva hospital for investigation, reported Economic Times. Meanwhile, Indian evacuees are expected to arrive from Iran tomorrow.
March 14, 1.30 p.m.: West Bengal has sealed border with Bhutan, stopping the movement of goods and travellers with the neighbouring nation.
March 14, 1 p.m.: WHO warns Europe is coronavirus ‘epicentre’ as cases and deaths continue to rise. Excluding China, the continent now had more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a virtual press conference on Friday.
March 14, 12.30 p.m.: The Health Ministry has issued guideline for home quarantines.
“Home Quarantine” is to protect you & your loved ones.
Please follow the “Guidelines on Home Quarantine” available at https://t.co/430HZxtWSi
— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) March 14, 2020
March 14, 12.15 p.m.: The India Open badminton tournament was on Friday suspended at least till 12 April after the Badminton World Federation (BWF) decided to halt all events from 16 March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
March 14, 12 p.m.: Italy has reported highest daily jump in fatalities by 250 in last 24 hrs. Nationwide deaths stand at 1,266 as of Friday.
March 14, 11.30 a.m.: Bengaluru-based Google techie’s wife has tested positive for coronavirus in Agra.
March 14. 11 a.m.: South Korea reports 107 new coronavirus cases, nationwide cases rise to 8,086.
March 14, 10.30 a.m.: President Donald Trump on Friday announced that major cruise lines would suspend trips from US ports for 30 days amid the coronavirus pandemic that has hit several vessels.
March 14, 10 a.m.: Puerto Rico has confirmed its first three cases of coronavirus in the country.
March 14, 9.30 a.m.: Apple will close all its stores worldwide, except those in greater China, until March 27, CEO Tim Cook said.
March 14, 9 a.m.: Three more people from Christ Church Georgetown in Washington, DC, have tested positive to the coronavirus, according to a letter sent to members. Hundreds of church goers have been quarantined and the church’s services and meetings have been suspended until further notice.
March 14, 8.30 a.m.: US President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on Friday.
March 14, 8 a.m.: Infosys has evacuated one of its buildings in Bengaluru after employee comes in contact with suspected COVID-19 patient.
March 14, 7.30 a.m.: Effective at midnight Sunday local time, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today announced that all travellers entering the country will be required to “self-isolate” for 14 days.
March 14, 7 a.m.: Saudi Arabia government has decided to suspend international flights for two weeks (Starting from Sunday, March 15) as part of its efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
March 14, 6.30 a.m.: Effective early Saturday local time, Colombia will close its border with Venezuela in an effort to halt the spread of coronavirus, same day that Venezuela reported its first two cases.
March 14, 6 a.m.: Vietnam bans travellers from 26 European countries, known as the Schengen Area, and the UK in the past 14 days.
March 13, 11.3o p.m.: A 68-year-old woman from Delhi has been confirmed as the second Indian to die from the coronavirus.
March 13, 8 p.m.: The U.K. has said that the total number of cases in the country has jumped to 798 from 590.
March 13, 7.30 p.m.: The Health Ministry on Friday said that the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in India currently stands at 81.
March 13, 6 p.m.: Norway has suspended the fees and taxes which are levied on airlines.
March 13, 5.30 p.m.: Two more people test positive in Nagpur, while Pune also reports of a new case. With this, the total count of cases in Maharashtra rises to 17.
March 13, 3 p.m.: Air India has cancelled its flights to Italy, France, Germany, Spain, South Korea and Sri Lanka till April 30, PTI reported. Meanwhile,
March 13, 2 p.m.: The World Health Organisation has said that there are now 132,567 cases of the coronavirus across the world, with the global death toll due to the virus standing at 4,947 fatalities.
March 13, 12.30 p.m.: In the wake of rapid spread of the coronavirus, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has announced that all land, sea, and air transport will be suspended in the Metro Manila region from March 15 to April 14. Public transport, however, will remain operational for the time being.
March 13, 12 p.m.: Here are the helpline numbers for different states across India, for matters related to coronavirus:
March 13, 11.30 a.m.: Nepal has reportedly suspended permits which are given to those climbing Mount Everest, a day after China stopped all access from its side. Meanwhile, Disnay has temporarily shut down tourist hotspots like its Orlando Disney World, Disneyland Paris and Disney Cruise, in an attempt to prevent the spread of virus in crowded spots.
March 13, 11 a.m.: A Google employee in Bangalore has reportedly tested positive for the COVID-19 disease.
Google: We can confirm that an employee from our Bengaluru office has been diagnosed with COVID-19. He was in one of our Bengaluru offices for a few hours before developing any symptoms. The employee has been on quarantine since then. #CoronaVirus pic.twitter.com/lQxQWc8rg2
— ANI (@ANI) March 13, 2020
March 13, 10 a.m: Four towns in Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region have been put under quarantine, in an attempt to contain the virus. This includes 66,000 inhabitants of the localities of Igualada, Odena, Santa Margarida de Montbui and Vilanova del Cami.
March 13, 9 a.m.: The Indian Embassy in the U.S. has shared helpline numbers for all coronavirus related cases.
Indian Embassy in Washington DC: 24/7 Helplines of Indian Embassy/Consulates in USA for queries/clarifications regarding the recent travel advisory issued by the Govt. of India for travel to India. https://t.co/BPLR6d7pDH pic.twitter.com/fCd3uHooOY
— ANI (@ANI) March 12, 2020
March 13, 8 a.m.: Out of noted personalities, Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, who is married to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, have reported positive in the COVID-19 cases.
March 12, 10.30 p.m.: A 76-year-old man from Kalaburag, who had contracted the COVID-19 disease, passed away on Thursday. The man had recently returned from Saudi Arabia.
March 12, 7.30 p.m.: Two more people have reportedly tested positive for Covid-19 in Kerala from the Thrissur and Kannur districts. With this, the total number of cases in the state rise to 16. The Union Health Ministry has last registered 74 cases in the country as of Thursday.
March 12, 7 p.m.: Two more new cases of coronavirus, one in Leh and the other in Pune, have been reported.
March 12, 6 p.m.: Another fresh case of confirmed COVID-19 has been reported in both Delhi and Karnataka.
March 12, 5 p.m.: The Ministry of Health and Public Welfare has said that three planes will be sent to Iran over the next three days, to evacuate and bring backs the Indians stranded in the country.
March 12, 4.30 p.m.: Iran has reported of 1,075 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, with the death toll rising to 429 in the country. Meanwhil, Cuba has reported of its first three cases of COVID-19.
March 12, 3 p.m.: One more person has reportedly tested positive in COVID-19 in Ladakh, raising the total in the union territory to three.
March 12, 2 p.m.: Saudi Arabia has reportedly issued a statement announcing a temporary travel ban on citizens, residents and halted flights with several states. This includes the European Union, Switzerland, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Sudan, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Eritrea, Kenya, Djibouti, and Somalia.
March 12, 1 p.m.: Passengers from 15 different countries which include China, the US, Italy and South Korea, were barred from entering the Duty Free shopping area in Delhi by Indian customs.
March 12, 11.30 a.m.: A 45-year-old from Nagrpur has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, raising the number of positive cases in Maharashtra to 11.
March 12, 11 a.m.: A doctor from Canada has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus in Lucknow, taking the total number of cases in the state to 10.
March 12, 9 a.m.: U.S. President Donald Trump has announced a 30-day ban on all travellers coming in from Europe, in a bid to contain the spread of the virus. He also said that a large number of “clusters” of coronavirus “were seeded by travellers from Europe.”
March 12, 8 a.m.: Italy Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has reportedly said that all restaurants and shops, except for pharmacies and food shops, will be shut down till March 25 in an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus. Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation has registered over 4,590 new COVID-19 cases outside of China.
March 12, 7 a.m.: Two cases of coronavirus have been reported in Mumbai, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray confirmed on Twitter, marking the first of COVID-19 cases reported in the city. With this, the total number of cases in Maharashtra rises to 10.
March 11, 11 p.m.: The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in a statement has said that that all existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/International Organisations, employment and project visas, stand suspended from March 13 to April 15. Apart from this all incoming travellers, including Indians, arriving from or having visited China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain and Germany after February 15, 2020 will be quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days, it said.
March 11, 10 p.m.: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the coronavirus outbreak to be a ‘global pandemic’. Addressing a briefing at Geneva, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus who heads the body, reportedly said that WHO is “deeply concerned by the alarming levels of spread and severity” of the outbreak. He also expressed concern about “the alarming levels of inaction.” However, he added: “…All countries can still change the course of this pandemic. If countries detect, test, treat, isolate, trace and mobilize their people in the response.”
March 11, 7 p.m.: Ladakh has temporarily closed all schools and colleges till March 31 as a precautionary measure against the virus, ANI reported. India has said that it will not allow any international cruise ship, crew or passenger having a travel history to coronavirus-hit countries post February 1, 2020 to enter its ports until March 31.
March 11, 6 p.m.: Iran has reported of 958 new cases in a span of one day, raising the total number of cases in the country to 9,000.
March 11, 5 p.m.: Beijing has declared that all international passengers arriving in the capital city will have to self-quarantine at home or designated facilities, so as to prevent the spread of the virus. Those travelling for business will only be allowed to stay in selected designated hotels in the city.
March 11, 3 p.m.: One of the biggest tourist attractions in Japan, Tokyo’s Disneyland will remain shut till at least mid-April, in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus.
March 11, 2.30 p.m.: A 27-year-old man from Goa has been kept in an isolation ward in a Panaji hospital, after he complained of cough and fever. The man had visited Italy and Finland last month and had reportedly come in contact with a COVID-19 patient. Meanwhile, international cruise ships will only be allowed in ports which have the facilities to carry out thermal screening for the crew and the passengers.
March 11, 2 p.m.: The Bahrain Health Ministry has said that the total number of coronavirus related cases has risen to 189. Meanwhile, South Korea has confirmed of 242 new cases, bringing the national total to 7,755.
March 11, 1.30 p.m.: All passengers travelling to India who have a travel history to China, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, Japan, Italy, Thailand, Singapore, Iran, Malaysia, France, Spain and Germany have been advised by the Bureau of Immigration (BOI) to undergo self-imposed quarantine for a period of 14 days from the date of their arrival. It also said that the employers of the concerned persons should allow the latter to work from home.
March 11, 1 p.m.: Thailand has cancelled its grant of visa on arrival for 18 countries and visa exemption for three others to contain the spread of the virus. The 18 countries include Bulgaria, Bhutan, China (including Taiwan), Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, and Vanuatu. The visa exemptions will be cancelled for South Korea, Italy and Hong Kong.
March 11, 12.30 pm: Upon the order of the Kerala government, 45 passengers returning to Kochi from Italy have been sent to various health centres to get tested for the virus. The passengers were board a Qatar Airways flight which came from Italy to Kochi via Doha.
March 11, 12 p.m.: Sri Lanka announces its first confirmed case in a 52-year-old tour guide who had come in contact with some Italian tourists.
March 11, 11 a.m.: Turkey announces its first case of coronavirus, AFP reported.
March 11, 10.30 a.m.: An Air India flight carrying passengers from Milan to Delhi have been taken to a remote bay, so that all passengers can be screened on board with a tarmac.
March 11, 10 a.m.: Some students from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are currently stranded in Italy, since the country went into lockdown.
March 11, 9 a.m.: Eight new cases in Kerala and one in Jaipur, where an 85-year-old man tested positive, has raised the total count of confirmed coronavirus cases in India to 62.
March 11, 8.30 a.m.: The U.K. Health Minister Nadine Dorries has said that she tested positive for coronavirus and is going into self-quarantine. Before her results, Dorries had reportedly come in contact with hundreds of people, which include the British Prime Minister.
March 10, 10 p.m.: India has temporarily suspended all visas and e-visas granted on or before March 11 to nationals of France, Germany and Spain.
March 10, 6.30 p.m.: The coronavirus has affected the travel industry the most, with airlines slashing routes and fares, public events like St. Patrick’s Day parades and entertainment parks being shut, and even places of worship shutting doors.
March 10, 6 p.m.: Burkina Faso reports its first cases of coronavirus. The virus now affects 115 countries and territories of the world.
March 10, 5 p.m.: Austria joins the list of countries having shut borders with Italy. The country has also banned gatherings of over 100 people.
March 10, 2.30 p.m.: With Cyprus declaring its first two cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus now affects every country in the EU. The number of cases in Spain, Germany and France too have ballooned, crossing 1,500 in Spain alone.
March 10, 1 p.m.: Six new cases have arisen in Kerala, while three more have tested positive in Karnataka. Meanwhile, the Kerala government has asked all movie theatres to remain shut till March 31.
March 10, 11.30 a.m.: In a show of confidence, Chinese president Xi Jinping has visited Wuhan, the capital of Hubei, and the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in mainland China for the first time since the crisis began. This is seen as a sign of the slowdown of the virus’s growth in the country.
March 10, 11 a.m.: Four more patients have tested positive in India, taking the total count to 47. These include a couple in Pune who recently returned from Dubai, and a Bengaluru resident who travelled to U.S.A. recently.
March 10, 10.30 a.m.: In a dramatic move, whole of Italy has been put under lockdown. Over the weekend, the northern region of Lombardy, which was the most affected, had been placed under lockdown. The surge in cases has led to these measures. See our in-depth of coverage here.
March 10, 9.30 a.m.: Mongolia reports its first case of coronavirus, a French national.
March 10, 9 a.m.: India has shut its international border with Myanmar, in the state of Manipur.
March 9, 6 p.m.: While Malaysia’s ministry of health has confirmed 18 new cases of coronavirus, Philippines has reported 10 more new cases. Hong Kong, meanwhile, has reported of three new cases, taking its tally to 116 confirmed cases.
March 9, 5 p.m.: Indigo has cancelled all flights to Doha till March 17, after Qatar imposed a travel ban on travellers from India and thirteen other countries, PTI reported.
March 9, 4.30 pm: Indonesia has confirmed 13 more positive cases of coronavirus, taking the total to 19.
March 9, 4 p.m.: The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported of 96 more cases of coronavirus in South Korea, raising the country’s total to 7,478.
March 9, 3.30 p.m.: A flight attendant affiliated with Japan Airlines has reportedly been infected with coronavirus. She was on board flight JL009 from Chicago to Tokyo’s Narita airport. About 12 other flight attendants who were had come in contact with her, have been asked to stay at home till March 11. However, no passengers on board are said to come in close quarters with her.
March 9, 2.30 p.m.: Germany confirms another 256 cases, leading the total count in the country to jump up to 1,112. Meanwhile, India’s Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said that over 8 lakh passengers have been screened at airports across the country and that over 3,000 people are currently under surveillance in the country.
March 9, 2 p.m.: Following the number of cases of coronavirus being confirmed in patients on cruise ships, India has banned all foreign cruise ships from its coasts. Earlier, Puerto Rico has said that cruise ships will have to prove that its crew and passengers are not carrying coronavirus, before being allowed to enter the island.
March 9, 12.30 p.m.: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has now reported of 43 cases of confirmed coronavirus cases in India. However, out of the 43, three patients have reportedly recovered and been discharged. The ministry has also shared helpline details for all coronavirus-related queries and cases: +91-11-23978046, email@example.com.
March 9, 11 a.m.: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India has now increased to 42, after a man in Jammu and Kashmir and a three-year-old child in Ernakulum, Kerala tested positive.
March 9, 10 a.m.: Qatar has declared a temporary ban on travellers from India and thirteen other countries, which include China, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria and Thailand. In a statement that was read by National Geographic Traveller India, the airlines has added that it is also placing a temporary hold on stopover services in Doha for the purpose of connection. As a result, all current stopover bookings at Doha will now stand cancelled. However, the airlines is offering a full refund for the same and alternative travel plans for the concerned passengers.
March 8, 9 p.m.: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirms 16 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of state-wide cases to 105. As of now, there are 470 confirmed cases in the US.
March 8, 8.30 p.m.: In the aftermath of three more positive cases of the novel coronavirus in Kerala, the state government warns of strict action, including prosecution, against those hiding such travel to affected countries and symptoms of the infection.
March 8, 8 p.m.: The Greek Health Ministry announced Sunday that seven new coronavirus cases had been confirmed, taking the total to 73 in the country. Additionally, it has also discouraged public gatherings urging all sports events to be held behind closed doors for two weeks, banning of school trips for two weeks, and closing recreation centers for the elderly for four weeks.
March 8, 7.30 p.m.: GoAir on Sunday said it will not charge any fee on cancellation or rescheduling of tickets booked till April 30 amid the coronavirus scare. This is valid for all bookings made between March 8 and April 30 and for the travel period between March 8 and September 30, the airline said in a statement.
March 8, 7 p.m.: The Vatican Museums will be closed until April 3 because of coronavirus concerns, the Vatican press office announced Sunday.
March 8, 6.30 p.m.: Buses, metro to be disinfected on regular basis, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
March 8, 6 p.m.: In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, China has postponed the 10th Beijing International Film Festival (April 19-26) until further notice.
March 8, 5.30 p.m.: An estimated 1,400 international cruise-passengers have been stranded after their ship, MSC Lirica, was denied permission to dock at Mangaluru port by the authorities of New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT). According to the ship’s schedule, it departed from Dubai on February 29 2020, had ported at Abu Dhabi (U.A.E), Khor Fakkan (U.A.E), Muscat (Oman) and was to reach Mangaluru on Saturday before proceeding to Goa and Mumbai ports on Sunday and Monday, respectively.
March 8, 5 p.m.: Hong Kong records third death as four more cases confirmed, bringing total to 113.
March 8, 4.30 p.m.: Bangladesh confirms its first three cases of coronavirus, reports Reuters. Whereas, South Africa, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam have confirmed one, two, four and nine new cases respectively.
March 8, 4 p.m.: Iran reports 49 new coronavirus fatalities, bringing death toll to 194 people amid 6,566 confirmed cases. IranAir has stopped all flights to European destinations, the official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday, citing a statement from the Civil Aviation Organisation.
March 8, 3.30 p.m.: Death toll climbs to 10 after a hotel being used as a quarantine centre in China collapsed on Saturday night. Of those 80 people inside the building, nine escaped, and 71 people were trapped. 48 have been pulled from the rubble and 23 are still missing.
March 8, 3 p.m.: The Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix race weekend (March 20-22) will be held without spectators to battle the spread of coronavirus, event organisers said on Sunday.
March 8, 2.30 p.m.: A second person has tested positive for coronavirus in Tamil Nadu, according to reports in Hindustan Times. Meanwhile, the state’s Health Secretary Beela Rajesh said, “We have procedures to contain this disease. We have 1,086 patients under home surveillance.”
March 8, 2 p.m.: Moldova has reported its first confirmed coronavirus case of a 48-year-old woman who was hospitalised on Saturday after she arrived from Italy, the Moldovan health ministry said according to a Reuters report.
March 8, 1.30 p.m.: The Maldives on Saturday reported its first two confirmed cases of new coronavirus, and placed two of its island resorts under lockdown, as authorities conducted further tests to try to limit the spread of the disease.
March 8, 1 p.m.: Arunachal Pradesh bans entry of foreigners as the state government temporarily suspended issuing Protected Area Permits (PAPs). Bhutan has also shut its borders to foreign visitors for two weeks in an effort to limit the impact of the disease.
March 8, 12.30 p.m.: North Korea has released more than 3,600 people quarantined over coronavirus, reports said on Sunday.
March 8, 12 p.m.: Costa Fortuna, an Italian cruise ship carrying about 2,000 people, including dozens of Italian passengers on board, has been barred by Malaysia and Thailand according to reports.
March 8, 11.30 a.m.: At least six people died after Xinjia Express Hotel that was being used as a coronavirus quarantine center collapsed Saturday night in southeastern China, according to China’s Ministry of Emergency Management.
March 8, 11 a.m.: Paraguay confirms its first case of the novel coronavirus.
March 8, 10.30 a.m.: Five members of the same family in Kerala test positive; they are now in isolation at Pathanamthitta General Hospital, according to a Hindustan Times report. Three of them had returned to Kochi from Italy via Doha last month. The state’s health minister K K Shailaja said Sunday more than 150 people who were in contact with the infected persons have been traced and have been quarantined in their homes.
March 8, 10 a.m.: Italy imposed a virtual lockdown, which will impact some 16 million people and stay in force until April 3. The new decree signed overnight by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte orders people not to enter or leave Lombardy, Italy’s richest region, as well as 14 provinces in four other regions, including the cities of Venice, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia and Rimini.
March 8, 9.30 a.m.: South Korea reported 93 new cases on Sunday and has the largest number of cases in the world outside China, with 7,134.
March 9 a.m.: A man in his 50s has tested positive for coronavirus in Washington DC, the first case in the US capital.
March 8, 8.30 a.m.: Cathay Pacific flights to and from Hong Kong and four Japanese airports and cities—Tokyo’s Haneda airport, Fukuoka, Nagoya and Sapporo—will stop from Monday until March 28, and halted for Narita airport and Osaka’s Kansai airport from March 13.
March 8, 8 a.m.: A cruise ship on Egypt’s Nile River with over 150 tourists and local crew was in quarantine Saturday in the southern city of Luxor, as 45 people on board tested positive for the new coronavirus, authorities said.
March 8, 7.30 a.m.: Grand Princess, a cruise ship is being held off San Francisco, after 21 people on board tested positive for coronavirus.
March 8, 7 a.m.: Eight new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Singapore, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Saturday evening. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 138 to date, of which 90 have fully recovered and been discharged from hospital.
March 8, 6.30 a.m.: A 64-year-old man diagnosed with coronavirus died in Argentina on Saturday, the Health Ministry said in a statement, marking the first death related to the virus in Latin America.
March 8, 6 a.m.: Bulgaria has reported its first cases of coronavirus in a 27-year-old man and 75-year-old woman.
March 7, 11 p.m.: The governor of New York on Saturday announced a state of emergency as the coronavirus continued to spread in the northeastern state, with 21 new cases adding to the total of 76 confirmed cases.
March 7, 8 pm: Three more cases of coronavirus have been found positive in India. According to Sanjeeva Kumar, Special Secretary (Health), Union Health Ministry, two of the cases are in Ladakh, where the patients had travelled to Iran. The third case is reportedly from Tamil Nadu, with the patient having a travel history from Oman.
March 7, 7.30 pm: Two foreign nationals have reportedly been quarantined in Goa for possible exposure to the virus. While the number of coronavirus related cases has jumped to 145 in Iran, U.K. has reported the total number of cases in the country to be 206.
March 7, 3.30 pm: Three new cases of coronavirus have been reported in the western Herat province of Afghanistan. With this, the total count of cases in the country rises to four.
March 7, 2.30 pm: The 230 people in Rajasthan who had reportedly come in contact with an Italian couple who was carrying the virus, have tested negative.
March 7, 2 pm: About 15 Americans have been quarantined in the West Bank of Bethlehem, as a precautionary measures against the spread of the virus.
March 7, 1.30 pm: Southwest’s annual tech, film and music conference, South By Southwest, which was scheduled to take place between March 13-22, has been cancelled as fears around the coronavirus outbreak spreads. A women’s Six Nations rugby match between Scotland and France, which was supposed to take place on March 7, was cancelled after a player from the Scottish team tested positive.
March 7, 12.30 pm: Two men, who recently returned from Italy to Amritsar, have reportedly tested positive in the preliminary test for coronavirus. The two have been admitted to the isolation ward of a hospital in the city. Primary schools in Jammu and Kashmir have been temporarily closed till March 31, in light of two suspected cases of COVID-19 in the state.
March 7, 12 pm: South Korea has reportedly announced that it will change its travel-level alert for all areas in Japan amid the virus outbreak. With the measure coming into effect from March 9, the country will raise its travel-level alert to level 2 ‘yellow alert or high cautious alert’ for travel to all parts of Japan, other than those which are already under high alert. South Korea’s announcement comes after Tokyo had said that it would quarantine all passengers coming in from the former country.
March 7, 11.30 am: While Vietnam reported of its first coronavirus-related case in over three weeks, making it the 17th such case in the country, Indonesia has reported of two more cases, raising the tally of infections nationwide to four.
March 7, 11 am: According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and local governments, 329 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the U.S. so far. South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced 483 new cases of coronavirus, raising the tally of infections to 6,767. Malaysia, too, has claimed of 83 new virus-related cases nationwide.
March 7, 10 am: 21 passengers aboard a cruise ship that was parked off the California offshore have tested positive for coronavirus. Meanwhile, three new coronavirus cases in Hong Kong has increased the number of infections to 107.
March 7, 9 am: Amid the coronavirus scare, Kuwait has stopped all its flights going to and fro from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Bangladesh, Philippines, India, and Sri Lanka for a week starting 7 March.
أصدرت الادارة العامة للطيران المدني تعميما لشركات الطيران العاملة في مطار الكويت الدولي يشير الى انه بناء على القرار الصادر من السلطات الصحية في دولة الكويت توقف مؤقتا جميع رحلات الطيران القادمة الى والمغادرة من مطار الكويت الدولى …(3/1) pic.twitter.com/w3MuMsQbFC
— الطيران المدني (@Kuwait_DGCA) March 6, 2020
March 7, 8,30 am: The Mayor of Agra, Naveen Jain, has reportedly asked the centre to close down the important historical monuments in the city, including the Taj Mahal which pulls in thousands of tourists from across the world on a daily basis. Speaking to ANI, he said: “Foreign tourists in large numbers visit Agra, this increases the chances of spread of coronavirus in the city. I urge the Government of India to close all historical monuments in the country including the Taj Mahal till the time situation doesn’t come under control.”
March 6, 6 pm: The number of coronavirus-related cases has more than doubled in Belgium in the past 24 hours. As of Friday, the number of confirmed cases stand at 109. Egypt reported that 12 passengers on a Nile cruise ship have tested positive for coronavirus. The ship was headed to Luxor from Aswan.
March 6, 5.30 pm: A newly elected member of the Iranian Parliament has passed away due to the virus. The announcement came with the Iranian Health Ministry declaring 124 deaths from the virus and 4,747 confirmed cases.
March 6, 4 pm: Vatican has reported its first case of coronavirus. The Vatican’s health clinic has also suspended its outpatient services, although the emergency room will continue to operate.
March 6, 3.30 pm: Thousands of passengers and the crew of a cruise which is parked off the California offshore are stuck onboard waiting for test results which will determine whether they have been infected by the virus or not.
March 6, 3 pm: South Korea’s Central Disaster Relief Headquarters has said that 309 more confirmed cases of coronavirus has been reported in the country today, bringing the total to 6,593. Meanwhile, Nepal has set up health desks at the Nepalgunj and Bhadrapur airports, which are situated in the Nepal-India border, to prevent the spread of the virus.
March 6, 2.30 pm: While Taiwan has reported of two new cases of coronavirus, raising the total to 44 in the state, the New York State Health Department has said that a New York rabbi is the latest in the state to be tested positive. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are now 228 coronavirus cases and 14 deaths across the country.
March 6, 1.30 pm: Air India has said that it will evacuate Indian citizens stranded in Iranian cities like Tehran and Qom. The passengers will include those who have tested negative for coronavirus.
March 6, 1 pm: Following news of the latest case in India, the country’s health ministry has stated that all international passengers, irrespective of nationality, will have to undergo universal medical screening.
March 6, 12 pm: Japan has issued a demarche to India, asking the latter to review its decision to cancel all e-visas to Japanese nationals, adding that it might affect economic ties between the two countries and projects like the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train.
March 6, 11.30 am: Another confirmed case of coronavirus has been reported in Delhi. The Special Secretary of Health, Union Health Ministry, Sanjeeva Kumar told ANI that a resident of Uttam Nagar in Delhi, who had travelled to Thailand and Malaysia, has tested positive. With this, the total number of virus-related cases in India rise to 31.
March 6, 11 am: Travellers of any nationality having visited Italy or South Korea will now have to submit a certificate proving that they tested negative from coronavirus, before entering India. A senior DGCA official has stated that the certificate will have to derived from health authorities designated lab in these two countries for coronavirus at the departure airport. This measure will come into effect past midnight on March 9.
March 5, 9.30 pm: More than 1,200 people who arrived in West Bengal from countries under the grip of coronavirus have been quarantined, a health department official told PTI. However, most of these people are under home surveillance and are stable.
March 5, 8.30 pm: The Greek Health Ministry has confirmed 21 more cases of coronavirus among a group of people who recently travelled to Israel by bus, PTI reported.
March 5, 8 pm: Singapore has reported five new cases of coronavirus, taking the number of people infected by the virus to 117 in the country, according to PTI.
March 5, 7:30 pm: The Mughal Gardens in Rashtrapati Bhavan will be closed to the crowds from March 7, to avoid any large gatherings of people.
March 5, 7 pm: FIFA has said that it may consider postponing its upcoming World Cup qualifiers owing to the coronavirus spread. In a statement shared on its website, it stated: “…a formal proposal to postpone upcoming matches in the Asian FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 qualifiers will now be shared with the relevant member associations.”
March 5, 6.30 pm: South Africa reported its first case of coronavirus. The country’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases confirmed that a suspected case of CVOID-19 had tested positive in a 38-year-old male who had recently travelled to Italy.
March 5, 6 p.m.: The Sikkim Government on Thursday decided to suspend issuing Inner Line Permit (ILP) to foreign nationals following coronavirus scare as a precautionary measure, a senior official said.
March 5, 4.30 p.m.: According to a Hindustan Times report, man in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh tested positive for the infection, taking the total toll to 30 in the country.
March 5, 4 p.m.: Switzerland has had its first death of coronavirus, a 74-year-old woman, the Vaud region police said in a statement.
March 5, 3.30 p.m.: The United Arab Emirates urged its citizens and residents on Thursday against travel abroad, the Emirati health ministry said. The Dubai Health Authority also said that customers travelling to Dubai from Beijing, Beirut, Rome, Milan, Venice, Bologna, Bangkok and Phuket will have to a coronavirus test at the airport.
March 5, 3 p.m.: In a statement issued by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday, the government of India has revised their travel advisory guide to control the risk of novel coronavirus infection spreading to India. This includes all regular (sticker) Visas/e-Visa (including Visa on Arrival for Japan and South Korea) granted to nationals of Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan and issued on or before March 3, 2020 and who have not yet entered India, stand suspended with immediate effect.
March 5, 2.30 p.m.: Poland and Bosnia confirmed their first cases of the coronavirus today, while both Spain with 219 cases, and Iceland with 25 cases, have reported a spike in infections.
March 5, 2 p.m.: South Korea reported 322 more cases on Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, taking the total tally to 6,088 after 438 new cases were reported earlier in the day.
March 5, 1.30 p.m.: According to a report in Economic Times, nine Italian tourists and their Indian guide, who were sent to a quarantine facility in Madhya Pradesh for suspected exposure to the novel coronavirus, have been allowed to go to New Delhi, senior official said on Thursday. The tourists requested that they wanted to return to their country at their own risk, he said.
March 5, 1 p.m.: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted that an India-based medical team was ready to set up its first screening clinic in Iran at Qom, ground zero for the country’s outbreak, by today evening.
Update for Indians stranded in #Iran and for their families: Our medical team for screening arrives in Iran today. Hope to establish first clinic at Qom by this evening. Screening process will start immediately thereafter. Working on logistics of return with Iranian authorities.
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) March 5, 2020
March 5, 12.30 p.m.: Harsh Vardhan informed the Lok Sabha on Thursday that the Indian government was closely working with the Iranian authorities to bring back an estimated 1,200 Indian stuck in the country.
March 5, 12 p.m.: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that citizens are advised to refrain from travelling to virus affected-areas of China, Korea, Japan, Italy and Iran.
March 5, 11.30 a.m.: Close to 95,000 cases of the virus have been confirmed worldwide, again with the vast majority in mainland China.
March 5, 11 a.m.: In what is likely to be the first reported case of human-to-animal transmission of the disease, a pet dog belonging to a Covid-19 patient has contracted the coronavirus, Hong Kong health authorities have confirmed.
March 4, 6 p.m.: The World Health Organisation has reportedly asked South-East Asian countries to strengthen all measures possible to prepare for any scenario arising out of the spread of the virus and to ensure early containment measures, PTI reported. Three Delhi-NCR schools have been closed, while two have announced an advanced spring break—as precautionary measures against the virus.
March 4, 5:30 p.m.: The Madhya Pradesh Health Department has cautioned people from large gatherings and to take extra care while playing Holi. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Health Ministry has confirmed a second confirmed case of coronavirus in a woman who recently returned home to Auckland after a visit to northern Italy.
March 4, 5 p.m.: Iran has reported of 15 more deaths caused due to coronavirus. With this, the death toll in the country has now reached 92, Al Jazeera reported. Around 8 percent of Iran’s lawmakers have tested also tested positive for the coronavirus.
March 4, 4:30 p.m.: Chinese custom officials have told PTI that 75 passengers who arrived in China from other countries, have tested positive for coronavirus. Delhi BJP spokesperson Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga has asked the police to suspend breath analyser tests for the time being, to prevent the spread of the virus, PTI reported.
March 4, 4 p.m.: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has reportedly asked for a laboratory to be set up in Iran, so that Indians in Iran can be tested for the virus before being brought back to India, PTI reported.
March 4, 3:30 p.m.: CNN lists out the five worst countries affected by the coronavirus:
March 3, 3 p.m.: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany has increased to 240, Reuters reported.