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
Mahe Resident Tests Positive for Coronavirus
A resident of Mahe, who arrived at Calicut International Airport on 13 March, onboard Etihad Airways (EY 250) from Abhu Dhabi has been confirmed with COVID-19, reported ANI, quoting Seeram Sambasiva Rao, Kozhikode District Collector.
“Passengers of this flight residing in Calicut should immediately contact the District Control Room and should strictly be in house quarantine,” Rao said.
First Indian Army Jawan Tests Positive for COVID-19
The first positive case of COVID-19 confirmed of an Indian Army jawan (from Ladakh Scouts), ANI reported, quoting Army sources.
The jawan’s father has a travel history to Iran. He is being treated while his family including sister and wife have been put in quarantine. His father has also tested positive.
Health Ministry Issues Guidelines for Notifying Affected Persons by Private Institutions
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has issued guidelines for notifying COVID-19 affected persons by private institutions, according to ANI.