Coronavirus: Air India Flight Lands in Wuhan, MEA Thanks China
 Hospital staff is seen outside the Special Isolation Ward set up to provide treatment to any suspected case of the coronavirus at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, in Chennai.
Hospital staff is seen outside the Special Isolation Ward set up to provide treatment to any suspected case of the coronavirus at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, in Chennai.(Photo: PTI)

Coronavirus: Air India Flight Lands in Wuhan, MEA Thanks China

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar thanked his Chinese counterpart on Friday, 31 January for cooperation extended by the Chinese government for the departure of Indian students and professionals from Wuhan.

The Air India special flight which departed on Friday from Delhi for Wuhan (China) for the evacuation of Indians has landed.

The Indian Army has set up a quarantine facility in Haryana’s Manesar for 300 students being brought back from coronavirus-hit Wuhan in China on Friday.

At the facility, students can be monitored by a qualified team of doctors and staff members.

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  • India’s first confirmed case of novel coronavirus has been reported in Kerala
  • Five patients, four men and a woman, have been admitted at Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital for suspected coronavirus infection
  • The epicentre of the outbreak is Wuhan in China
  • The virus is novel, meaning it has never before been encountered in humans
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'No Case of Coronavirus in India': Health Ministry

The Union Health Ministry has said no case of novel coronavirus has been detected in India till now. At least 12,828 passengers from 60 flights have been screened, said the ministry, ANI.

China Locks down Two Cities to Curb Virus Outbreak

China locked down two major cities in a province at the centre of a deadly virus outbreak on Thursday, 23 January, banning planes and trains from leaving in an unprecedented move aimed at containing the disease which has already spread to other countries.

The respiratory virus has claimed 17 lives after it emerged from a seafood and animal market in Wuhan, and has since infected hundreds of other people nationwide and been detected as far away as the United States.

Residents in Wuhan, a major port city in central Hubei province with a population of 11 million people, were told on Thursday not to leave "without a special reason", and the order was backed by a transport shutdown.

Trains and planes out of Wuhan were indefinitely suspended, tollways on roads out the city were closed, leading to fear and panic for those who were trapped.

Hours later, authorities in neighbouring Huanggang announced that public transport and train services would be suspended at midnight, while people were told to not leave the city of 7.5 million.

All of Huanggang's cinemas, internet cafes, and the central market will close.

A third city, 1.1 million-population Ezhou, announced the train station had been temporarily closed earlier in the day.

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Indian Nurse Working in Saudi Tests Positive for Corona

A nurse from Kerala working in Saudi Arabia has tested positive for Coronavirus. Thirty other nurses, all of them from Kerala, have been quarantined and kept under observation at the hospital.

According to reports, the nurse hails from Kottayam’s Ettumanoor in Kerala and was working at the Asir Abha Al Hayat National Hospital in the country.

The incident came to light when one of the nurses reached out to her relatives over the phone. The nurses reportedly were exposed to a Filipino woman at the hospital. The nurses reportedly caught the virus while treating her.

Singapore Confirms First Case of Coronavirus

Singapore confirms first case of coronavirus which has killed 17 people in China, reported AFP.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said the patient was a 66-year-old man from Wuhan who arrived in Singapore with his family earlier this week.

He was immediately isolated after arriving at a hospital with a fever and cough, and test results later confirmed he was infected with the coronavirus.

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