COVID-19: Total Cases Rises to 84 in India, Padma Awards Postponed

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Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to treat COVID-19 as a “notified disaster”, reported ANI, after total number of positive coronavirus cases in India rose to 84 on Saturday, 14 March. The Ministry has announced Rs 4 lakh compensation for the families of those killed due to the virus.

Earlier on Saturday, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) cancelled its Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS) that was scheduled to be held in Bengaluru, its general secretary Bhaiyaaji Joshi said.

Meanwhile, global software major Infosys vacated one of the buildings in the Bengaluru’s southern suburb after a team member had been in contact with an individual suspected of having COVID-19.

A 68-year-old woman who had tested positive for coronavirus infection died in Delhi on Friday, PTI reported, quoting Health Ministry and Delhi government officials. This is India’s second coronavirus-related death.

Snapshot
  • Indian officials said 4000 people who had come in contact with the 84 positive cases are under surveillance
  • US President Donald Trump has declared national emergency to combat the coronavirus outbreak
  • According to AFP, the global death toll has crossed 5,000
  • Delhi, West Bengal, Punjab, Bihar, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh are among the states to have shut down schools and educational institutes till 31 March
  • The WHO said that Europe is now the ‘epicentre’ of COVID-19 pandemic
  • The Supreme Court on Friday said it will only hear urgent matters in the light of the COVID-19 outbreak
11:45 AM, 14 Mar

Padma Award Ceremony Postponed

Padma Award ceremony, scheduled to be held on 3 April at Rashtrapati Bhavan, has been postponed, the Indian government said on Saturday, 14 March. Next date and time to be announced in due course.

11:42 AM, 14 Mar

Rwanda's 1st Coronavirus Patient Is Indian

An Indian national in Rwanda has been tested positive for the novel coronavirus, becoming the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the east African country, health officials said on Saturday, 14 March.

The country's health ministry, in a statement, said that the Indian citizen arrived in Kigali from Mumbai on 8 March.

"The patient had no symptoms upon arrival in Rwanda and reported himself to a health facility on 13 March, where he was immediately tested," the ministry said on Twitter.

He is currently under treatment in stable condition, isolated from other patients, the statement said, adding that the tracing of all contacts has been conducted for further management.

This is the second case in east Africa, after Kenya recorded the first case of COVID-19 on Friday.

11:23 AM, 14 Mar

BCCI Suspends All Remaining Domestic Games

BCCI suspends all remaining domestic games including Irani Cup in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

11:18 AM, 14 Mar

Number of Cases Rise to 84 in India

The number of coronavirus positive cases in the country has risen to 84, the Health Ministry said on Saturday, 14 March.

"The number of coronavirus positive cases in India has risen to 84. Seven persons, who tested positive, including five from Uttar Pradesh and one each from Rajasthan and Delhi have been discharged after treatment," a senior health ministry official said.

The officials maintained that more than 4000 people who had come in contact with the 84 positive cases are under surveillance.

"A Mahan Air flight bringing back Indian passengers from Iran will land in Mumbai on Saturday midnight. A special Air India flight is being sent to Milan in Italy on Saturday to bring back Indian students," the official added.


Published: 13 Mar 2020, 08:37 AM IST
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