Coronavirus LIVE: Slovakia confirms first virus case

Slovakia reported its first case of the Novel Coronavirus on Friday, after a man whose son visited Venice in COVID-19 hotspot Italy, tested positive

Coronavirus LIVE: Slovakia confirms first virus case
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06 Mar 2020, 6:30 PM

Slovakia confirms first Novel Coronavirus case

Slovakia reported its first case of the novel coronavirus on Friday, after a man whose son visited Venice in COVID-19 hotspot Italy, tested positive.

"Today, a 52-year-old patient was confirmed to be infected," Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini told journalist Friday.

He said the man, who has not been named, is currently hospitalised in Bratislava.

"The patient did not travel anywhere recently but his son returned from Venice a couple of weeks ago," Pellegrini added.

06 Mar 2020, 6:50 PM

Sonia Gandhi asks Cong-ruled states CMs to ensure effective preparedness for coronavirus

Sonia Gandhi to CMs of Cong-ruled states: Must lend all support to public healthcare responders to carry out their duties effectively, Protocols for contact identification must be put in place; quarantine facilities must be set up urgently.

06 Mar 2020, 5:56 PM

Southwest Delhi DM orders private hospitals to set aside 10% beds for COVID-19 patients

South-West Delhi DM orders govt, private hospitals to set aside 10 per cent beds for COVID-19 patients


06 Mar 2020, 5:55 PM

Coronavirus hits Indian sports: shooting WC postponed, SAI on alert, athletes anxious

The World Cup of shooting became the first major sporting event to be postponed in India due to the global novel coronavirus outbreak, which has also impacted the Olympic preparations of the country's top athletes.

The event, which was to be held from March 15 to 25 in the national capital, had to be postponed, while an Olympic Test event in Tokyo, scheduled from April 16, stood cancelled.

India's coronavirus patient count is 31 at this point, including 16 Italian tourists. Internationally, the deadly outbreak has so far killed more than 3,300 people and infected nearly 100,000 in about 85 countries.

But amid the uncertainty, cricket's glitzy T20 extravaganza -- the IPL -- looks set to roll out as planned on March 29 in Mumbai.

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, while talking to PTI on Friday, asserted that all "preventive measures" will be in place to ensure that neither the players nor the fans are impacted by the fast-spreading health crisis.

The shooting World Cup, on the other hand, will now held in two parts before the the Olympic Games.

"It is proposed to divide the World Cup in two parts and hold Rifle and Pistol competitions on May 5-12, 2020, while Shotgun competitions – on June 2-9, 2020," the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) said in a statement.

06 Mar 2020, 5:46 PM

8 persons are admitted in isolation hospitals in Karnataka

Government of Karnataka: 8 persons are admitted in selected isolation hospitals, 343 samples of symptomatic persons are sent for testing and 296 samples are reported as negative. No positive cases of Coronavirus in state till date.


06 Mar 2020, 5:28 PM

Egypt says that it detected 12 new Coronavirus cases

Egypt says that it detected 12 new Coronavirus cases on Nile cruise boat: AFP news agency

06 Mar 2020, 5:10 PM

Retreat ceremony at Atari border to be held without visitors

Border Security Force on suspension of Retreat ceremony at Atari: BSF troopers will continue performing Retreat ceremony. As per govt guidelines,congregations are to be avoided,hence visitors to ceremony will not be entertained & it will be conducted without visitors


06 Mar 2020, 5:02 PM

Virus kills 124 people amid 4,747 confirmed cases in Iran

Iran on Friday said the new coronavirus has killed 124 people amid 4,747 confirmed cases in the Islamic Republic as authorities warned they may use "force" to limit travel between cities.

Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour offered the figures at a televised news conference. He did not elaborate on the threat to use force, though he acknowledged the virus now was in all of Iran's 31 provinces.

Iran cancelled Friday prayers across its major cities. Elsewhere in the region, Iraq canceled Friday prayers in Karbala, where a weekly sermon is delivered on behalf of the country's top Shiite cleric.

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates meanwhile limited prayers to two verses of the Quran so they lasted no longer than 10 minutes, over concerns about the virus.

06 Mar 2020, 4:54 PM

Govt exempts employees from marking biometric attendance, according to Personnel Ministry order


06 Mar 2020, 4:52 PM

There is no need to create panic about the need to wear masks, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan

Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan: There is no need to create panic about the need to wear masks. Strict action should be taken against shopkeepers who are charging more than the fixed price for masks.

06 Mar 2020, 4:22 PM

Till today, no positive case of detected in West Bengal. There is no need to panic, says CM Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Kolkata: I have held a meeting with all concerned officers. Till today, no positive case of Coronavirus detected in West Bengal. There is no need to panic.


06 Mar 2020, 4:05 PM

UP: District Magistrate Selva Kumari J issued order to ban sale of meat

Muzaffarnagar: District Magistrate Selva Kumari J has issued order to ban sale of meat, semi-cooked meat, fish and chopped vegetable & fruit in open areas in the district in view of Coronavirus.

06 Mar 2020, 3:51 PM

Netherlands report first Coronavirus death

Netherlands report first Corornavirus death: AFP news agency quoting health officials


06 Mar 2020, 3:50 PM

Delhi govt directs schools to suspend morning assembly in view of coronavirus

06 Mar 2020, 3:49 PM

Virus lockdowns and quarantines must respect rights: UN


06 Mar 2020, 3:42 PM

UGC issues advisory to varsities says, people from affected countries should be quarantined

Students and staff members with travel history to coronavirus-affected countries should be home quarantined for 14 days, avoid large gatherings on campus in view of coronavirus outbreak: UGC to universities

06 Mar 2020, 3:28 PM

The administration and all hospitals are on alert, says Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar on Coronavirus

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar on Coronavirus: The administration and all hospitals are on alert. We will avoid/postpone all non-essential mass gatherings till the situation improves.


06 Mar 2020, 3:26 PM

University Grants Commissions issues advisory to universities on Coronavirus

University Grants Commissions issues advisory to universities on Coronavirus; says, "Avoid large gathering on campus, any student/staff with travel history to COVID-19 affected countries or in contact with an infected person in last 28 days should be home quarantined for 14 days

06 Mar 2020, 3:12 PM

Vatican reports its first coronavirus case


06 Mar 2020, 3:11 PM

Coronavirus impact: Delhi shooting World Cup postponed, Olympic test event cancelled

The upcoming combined shooting World Cup in New Delhi was on Friday postponed, while an Olympic test event in Tokyo stood cancelled due to the global novel Coronavirus outbreak.

The tournament, sanctioned by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), was to be held from March 15 to 25 in the capital's Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.

The Olympic Test event was scheduled to be held from April 16.

"The tournament in Delhi will now be held in two parts before the Olympic Games. Dates for the events will be announced shortly," a National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) official said.

06 Mar 2020, 3:09 PM

CISF cancels Holi milan in the wake of Coronavirus outbreak

In view of Coronavirus, all Central armed police forces have cancelled their 'Holi Milan' programmes as a preventive measure. Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has postponed it's Raising Day as well which was to be held next week.


06 Mar 2020, 2:45 PM

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today held review meeting with States over preparedness for Coronavirus

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today held review meeting with States over preparedness for Coronavirus. He stressed on the importance of keeping the testing&quarantine facilities, isolation wards, labs, in active readiness.

06 Mar 2020, 2:44 PM

Lok Sabha issues advisory for MPs and visitors over COVID-19

Lok Sabha issues advisory for Members of Parliament (MPs) and visitors, over Coronavirus.


06 Mar 2020, 1:53 PM

13 Italian nationals have been kept in isolation at a hotel in Amritsar, Punjab

Punjab: 13 Italian nationals have been kept in isolation at a hotel in Amritsar, keeping in view the Coronavirus situation. Vikas Heera, SDM says, "None of the 13 people have symptoms for Coronavirus. They all are healthy. They have been isolated as a precautionary measure".

06 Mar 2020, 1:45 PM

First flight from Iran will carry around 300 swabs of Indians suspected of having coronavirus

First flight from Iran will carry around 300 swabs of Indians suspected of having coronavirus; flight likely to land tonight, says Official


06 Mar 2020, 1:39 PM

We are fully geared up to screen passengers and also follow up cases, amid COVID_19 outbreak, says Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri

06 Mar 2020, 1:17 PM

IIFA to postpone the event in the wake of Coronavirus

International Indian Film Academy Awards: With due regard to the growing concerns around the spread of the Coronavirus and, after consulting the Madhya Pradesh government, it has been decided to postpone the event (originally scheduled at the end of March) to a later date.


06 Mar 2020, 12:14 PM

Pop star Katy Perry and actor Orlando Bloom decide to postpone their wedding in Japan in the wake of coronavirus outbreak

06 Mar 2020, 12:13 PM

Reserve Bank governor Shaktikanta Das assures that the central bank will take every measure needed to secure the economy against the challenges arising from the coronavirus


06 Mar 2020, 12:00 PM

Delhi man with travel history to Thailand, Malaysia tests positive; 31 confirmed cases

Delhi man with travel history to Thailand, Malaysia tests positive for COVID19; so far 31 confirmed cases in India: Health ministry.

06 Mar 2020, 11:26 AM

Assam: Passengers coming on international flights being screened at Dibrugarh Airport

Assam: All passengers coming on international flights being screened at Dibrugarh Airport. As per directive of govt of India, all passengers, both Indian&foreign, arriving on international flights will be required to go through medical screening while entering India coronavirus.


06 Mar 2020, 11:26 AM

J&K: Isolation wards have been set up in Srinagar over coronavirus

Jammu and Kashmir: Isolation wards have been set up in Srinagar over coronavirus. 30 positive cases of Coronavirus have been reported across the country till now.

06 Mar 2020, 11:26 AM

Nepal cancels T20 tourney due to coronavirus threat

A Twenty20 league in Nepal, which was to feature West Indies swashbuckler Chris Gayle among others, has been postponed due to the novel coronavirus threat, the organisers of the event have said.

According to a report in 'ESPNCricinfo', the Everest Premier League (EPL), which was to start on March 14, would be rescheduled for "the closest possible time whenever the situation is favourable".

The tournament was to feature the likes of Gayle, home star Sandeep Lamichhane and Mohammad Shahzad among others.

Nepal has only one confirmed case of coronavirus so far. The country's health ministry has, however, asked for a suspension of gatherings to minimise the risk of a spread.


06 Mar 2020, 11:17 AM

‘This is not a drill’, says WHO urges world to take virus more seriously

World health officials have warned that countries are not taking the coronavirus crisis seriously enough, as outbreaks surged across Europe and in the United States where medical workers sounded warnings over a "disturbing" lack of hospital preparedness.

Global markets tumbled again over concerns about the impact on the economy and as countries took more drastic steps to prevent contagion of a disease that has killed more than 3,300 people and infected nearly 100,000 in about 85 nations.

Cases soared in Italy, France, Greece and Iran, while a cruise ship was held off the coast of California to test passengers showing symptoms of the disease -- echoing a harrowing episode in Japan several weeks ago that saw hundreds infected on a luxury liner.

The epidemic has wreaked havoc on international business, tourism, sports events and schools, with almost 300 million students sent home worldwide.

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