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Coronavirus in India: From 6 More Suspected Cases to School Closure, Major Developments of Tuesday


A day after two fresh cases of coronavirus were reported in India, it seems the virus is spreading its tentacles in the country. The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday said six cases with “high-viral load” were detected during sample testing in Agra and have been kept in isolation.

These six persons were in contact with the Delhi-based man who was tested positive for the virus. The officials from the ministry said the samples of the suspected cases, which include the family members of the infected man, have been sent to National Institute of Virology in Pune for confirmation.

Notably, over 91,000 people have been tested positive for the virus across the globe that has already resulted in a death toll of 3,120.

Noida school closed over coronavirus scare

Meanwhile, a school in Noida has to close down after the first coronavirus patient from Delhi was found to have come in contact with several of its students at a birthday party attended by him. Notably, the school authorities have decided to keep the school closed from March 4 to 6 and the school will be sanitised before it reopens.

PM urges citizens not to panic

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, however, has urged people to not panic and work together to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. He held a marathon meeting with officials on Tuesday to take a stock of the situation. Modi tweeted: “Had an extensive review regarding preparedness on the Covid-19 Novel Coronavirus. Different ministries and states are working together, from screening people arriving in India to providing prompt medical attention”.

RBI says it is monitoring situation

With the Indian markets battered by the global impact of the coronavirus spread and experiencing high volatility, the Reserve Bank of India on Tuesday clarified that it is closely monitoring the impact of coronavirus on the domestic as well as the global markets. Lately, the impact of the coronavirus spread has greatly affected the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and National Stock Exchange (NSE).

Health ministry issues travel advisory

The Union Health Ministry has issued a travel advisory suspending visas granted on or before March 3 to citizens of four countries—Italy, Iran, South Korea, and Japan, who are yet to enter India. The government has also suspended visa on arrival issued by March 3 to citizens of South Korea and Japan. However, the ministry has clarified that citizens of these four countries who have to travel to India due to compelling reasons may seek fresh visa from the nearest Indian Embassy or Consulate.

Indian Navy postpones naval exercise

The Indian Navy has postponed its naval exercise Milan 2020 scheduled between March 18 and 28 at Visakhapatnam amid coronavirus fears. An official statement was issued in this regard which provides: “It is for information that Milan 2020-a multilateral naval exercise scheduled to be conducted by the Indian Navy from March 18 to March 20 at Visakhapatnam has been postponed taking into consideration the safety of all participants and travel restrictions imposed by the spread of Covid-19”.