New Delhi: Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus crisis in India and other parts of the world on Wednesday, 4 March. Gujarat Health Department says none of the 1,582 people kept under observation after returning from coronavirus-hit countries has so far been found to be infected by the potentially deadly virus. 1:34 p.m.
Home Minister Amit Shah says the country is well prepared to contain the spread of coronavirus. Mr. Shah says he will not participate in ‘Holi Milan’ function in the wake of the reports of outbreak of the virus in different places. 1:26 p.m.
Rajasthan government directs officials to take public health measures in the places visited by the group of Italian tourists who have tested positive for coronavirus. 12.40 p.m. Health Minister Harsh Vardhan says there are a total of 28 coronavirus cases in India; 1 in Delhi, 6 in Agra, 16 Italian tourists and their Indian driver, 1 in Telangana and 3 in Kerala.
Dr. Vardhan says he met with Delhi’s health minister, corporation officials and urged them to augment facilities of isolation wards in hospitals: Health Minister on COVID-19. The minister says the 6 novel coronavirus cases in Agra are relatives of Delhi-based man who tested positive earlier.
Dr. Vardhan says all international passengers are to be screened for novel Coronavirus symptoms. 12.36 p.m The Telangana government says it has decided to undertake various measures, including a campaign to promote cleanliness in public transport, to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus. 12.28 p.m.
Odisha government issues dos and don’ts asking people to avoid hugging, shaking hands while greeting and keeping their workplace clean to ward off novel coronavirus infection 12.25 pm.
Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s example, BJP president J P Nadda said he will not celebrate Holi or hold any Holi Milan function in view of the coronavirus outbreak. 11.50 a.m. Tech giant Intel says one of its employees in Bengaluru “potentially been exposed” to coronavirus and is currently under quarantine. 11.40 a.m.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he has decided not to participate in any ‘Holi milan’ programme as experts have advised that mass gatherings be reduced to avoid spread of the disease. 11.01 a.m.
Amazon confirms that an employee who works in the internet giant’s home city of Seattle in the United States has been quarantined after testing positive for the novel coronavirus. 10.00 a.m.
Karnataka Health Minister B Srirumulu appeals to people not to pay heed to rumours about novel coronavirus. 9.30 a.m. World Bank unveils USD 12 billion aid package to provide fast-track funds to help countries combat novel coronavirus outbreak. 9.12 a.m.
Coronavirus infections show signs of receding in China with 38 new fatalities, taking total number of casualties to 2,981, say Chinese officials. 7.40 a.m. Singapore minister warns of spikes in novel coronavirus cases in his country with two new cases of the fast spreading disease.