COVID-19: J&K Govt Bans Entry of Foreign Tourists as Precaution

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Updated17 Mar 2020, 07:39 PM IST
India
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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.

Snapshot
  • 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