COVID-19: J&K Govt Bans Entry of Foreign Tourists as Precaution
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The entry of foreign tourists to the entire Union Territory (UT) has been banned as a precautionary measure in view of the coronavirus outbreak around the world, ANI reported, quoting the Government of Jammu & Kashmir.
Earlier, an 18-year-old with travel history to the United Kingdom was tested positive in West Bengal, making it the state’s first case, reported ANI.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday, 17 March announced the total number of COVID-19 cases in India has risen to 137. The death toll from the virus also increased to three on Tuesday.
Dr Balram Bhargava, Director-General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), addressed the media on Tuesday, 17 March. He said that India has 72 functional labs for secondary testing of COVID-19 and about 50 labs will start testing by the end of this week.
- Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs advises Indians abroad to stay put and reduce all non-essential travel
- Travellers from EU, Turkey & UK prohibited in India from 18 March: Health Ministry
- Italy on Monday reported 349 more deaths, taking its death toll to over 2,000
- Spain registered nearly 1,000 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, raising its total number of cases to 8,744
- The global death toll from COVID-19 has crossed 7,000
2 People Test Positive in Karnataka's Kalburgi and Bengaluru
Two people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Karnataka's Kalburgi and Bengaluru, the state Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar said on Monday, 16 March.
"Both patients are quarantined and treated at isolation facilities," he further said.
US Begins First Human Trial of Coronavirus Vaccine: Statement
The first human trial to evaluate a candidate vaccine against coronavirus disease 2019 has begun in Seattle, US health officials said Monday, 16 March, according to AFP.
"The open-label trial will enroll 45 healthy adult volunteers aged 18 to 55 years over approximately 6 weeks," the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) said in a statement.
"The first participant received the investigational vaccine today," it added.
Coronavirus Outbreak: Taj Mahal Closed to Visitors From Today
The Taj Mahal will be closed for tourists from Tuesday, 17 February, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Officials said that the decision was communicated to them on Monday night by the Ministry of Tourism in New Delhi.
Most schools and entertainment facilities, including cinemas, have already been closed across India which has reported 114 positive cases and two deaths from the virus.
'This is a Time for Team Work': Principal Scientific Adviser to Govt K Vijay Raghavan
Amid the coronavirus outbreak, Principal Scientific Adviser to Government of India Professor K Vijay Raghavan on Monday, 16 March, took to twitter to highlight the steps taken by the government and the need for collective efforts among institutions to combat the pandemic.
"We have built institutions and human- resources of great expertise in our STI sector. Our industry is amongst the best in the world in many areas ranging from drugs, vaccines, devices, and information and communication technology," he said.
"It is now time for all of us, individual scientists, institution leaders and groups of institutions to get together and contribute to containing, mitigating, and pushing back this pandemic," he added.
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3:10 AM, 17 Mar2 People Test Positive in Karnataka's Kalburgi and Bengaluru
3:10 AM, 17 MarUS Begins First Human Trial of Coronavirus Vaccine: Statement
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5:03 AM, 17 MarTwo Persons Test Positive for Coronavirus in Noida
5:20 AM, 17 MarIndia Prohibits Travel from Afghanistan, Philippines, Malaysia Till 31 March
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12:47 PM, 17 MarNew COVID-19 Support Helpline and Email ID Launched
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