New Delhi: The confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country reached 7 on Tuesday after the wife of an Italian tourist was tested positive for the virus in Rajasthan. Her samples have been sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune for another test, Rajasthan Health Department said. Also Read - Coronavirus: Centre Asks State Govts, Regulators to Ensure Supply of Drugs at Affordable Prices
“The wife of the Italian tourist also developed symptoms and samples were collected. The report indicates positive signs of the virus in her. For further confirmation, we are sending her sample to the NIV, Pune,” an official of the Rajasthan Health Department told news agency PTI. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: Govt Urges Radio, TV Channels to Publicise Advisory, Awareness Messages
In the wake of the increasing number of coronavirus cases, the Delhi government on Tuesday said that it is taking all necessary steps to tackle the deadly disease. Here are top developments on the virus that is spreading fear across the country. Also Read - ‘Take Specific Measures to Combat Coronavirus’: DGCA Issues Fresh Guidelines to Airlines, Airports
- Holding a press conference earlier in the day, Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said that the Delhi government has earmarked 230 beds and isolation wards being set up at 25 hospitals.
- Besides, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held an emergency meeting with Health Minister Satyendar Jain and other top officials and took stock of the preparations to contain the deadly disease.
- Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain said over 3.5 lakh N95 masks were being arranged and the government has 8,000 separation kits for staff treating coronavirus patients.
- After a man was tested positive for the coronavirus whose child was studying in a Noida school, two private schools in Noida cancelled classes on Tuesday for the next few days as a precautionary measure.
- In the wake of the deadly coronavirus in the country, the Central government has asked the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) and respective state governments to make sure that adequate supply of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and formulations are available at affordable prices in the market.
- As part of the precautionary measure, the aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued advisory to all airlines, asking them to ensure that adequate protective gears like surgical masks, gloves are available in flights for passengers. In the guidelines, the DGCA asked the airlines to ensure that aircraft arriving from South Korea, Japan and Italy are subjected to disinfection process.
- With the objective to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry asked all private radio and TV channels to give adequate publicity to the travel advisory which was issued by the Health Ministry.
- As concerns over the spread of the virus mounted in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an extensive review on the preparedness. He urged the people not to panic and instead take protective measures. “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,” PM Modi said in a tweet.
- Hotels and the authorities in Agra have also been asked to inform the office of the chief medical officer as soon as visitors from Italy, Iran or China arrive, so that they can be screened for coronavirus infection.
10 The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday said all regular visas/e-visas granted on or before March 3 to nationals of Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan, who have not yet entered India, stand suspended in view of the emerging coronavirus cases.
- Issuing a fresh advisory, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare asked all Indian citizens to refrain from travel to China, Iran, South Korea, Italy and asked them to avoid non-essential travel to other COVID-19 affected countries.
- Milan 2020, a multilateral naval exercise to be hosted by the Indian Navy, was also postponed to a future date amid fears over coronavirus outbreak. The development comes after the Central government has directed all three armed forces to be ready for quarantine facilities for over 2,500 suspected cases in the coming days.