New Delhi: With the number of coronavirus cases rising to 114 in the country, the Central government on Monday night banned the entry of passengers from EU countries, Turkey and the UK from March 18 to 31. Also Read - Coronavirus: 'West Bengal to Create Rs 200 Crore Fund to Tackle COVID-19,' Says Mamata Banerjee
Holding a press conference, officials of the Ministry of Health said that four new COVID-19 cases — one each from Odisha, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and Kerala — were reported on Monday, taking the total number of cases in the country to 114. Also Read - Coronavirus: IMF Calls For Coordinated Action to Provide Stability to Global Economy
“Travel of passengers from the member countries of the European Union, the European Free Trade Association, Turkey and the United Kingdom to India is prohibited with effect from March 18,” Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Aggarwal said. The officials further added that these cases include 10 discharged, three cured and two reported deaths. Also Read - Coronavirus Pandemic: Indian Grand Prix to be Held Behind Closed Doors
Here are top developments on the infection that has claimed more than 6,000 lives across the globe.
1) After a Group of Ministers (GoM) meeting, the Central government proposed a set of social-distancing measures to be in force till March 31. “No airline shall board a passenger from these countries to India with effect from 1200 GMT on March 18. The airlines shall enforce this at the port of initial departure,” the Health Ministry officials said.
2) Almost all states across the country have closed educational institutions, gymnasiums, museums, cultural and social centres, swimming pools and theatres as preventive measures to tackle the coronavirus.
3) The Central government urged the local authorities to initiate dialogues with the organisers of sporting events and competitions involving large gatherings.
4) The Central government has also said that the private sector organisations and employers were being encouraged to allow employees to work from home wherever feasible.
5) In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the Central government has suspended the pilgrimage and registration for the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan from Sunday midnight. Additionally, the government has also suspended the movement of all types of passengers through the international border points with Pakistan.
6) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the birth centenary celebrations of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Bangladesh on Tuesday via video conference because of the coronavirus. PM Modi’s visit to Bangladesh was coming at a crucial time and he was expected to assuage concerns there over India’s new citizenship law and the NRC.
PM Modi on Monday urged everyone to share the technology-driven solutions to tackle the infection. “Harnessing innovation for a healthier planet. A lot of people have been sharing technology-driven solutions for #COVID19. I would urge them to share them on ‘MyGovIndia’. These efforts can help many,” PM Modi said.
7) The Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Zoological Garden in Lucknow was closed till March 23 as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus. It will also remain closed for morning walkers.
8) The Mizoram government on Monday ordered closure of all educational institutions, cinema halls, gymnasiums and swimming pools with effect from Tuesday till March 31. The government also asked people with coronavirus-like symptoms to either be self-quarantined at home or get admitted to hospital.
9) As more cases of coronavirus were reported from Maharashtra, the entry of devotees into Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai was closed till further notice. The tiger reserves, sanctuaries and national parks in the state will also remain closed from March 18 to 31.
10) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced that her state administration will create a Rs 200 crore fund to tackle the coronavirus. As precautionary measure, the state government has also extended the closure of all educational institutions till April 15. Keeping in view the coronavirus cases, Speaker Biman Banerjee said the budget session of the West Bengal Assembly was cut short and the House will not meet after Tuesday.
11) As per late night updates, Pakistan’s tally of COVID-19 positive cases have gone up to 186, a sharp rise of 131 cases in the past 24 hours.
12) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar earlier in the day stated that the state government will bear all expenses of the treatment of any patient who tests positive for coronavirus in Bihar. He also said that if any death is reported from the state due to the coronavirus, the state government will provide Rs 4 lakh compensation to the next of kin of each deceased.
13) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that any gathering – religious, family, social, political or cultural – of over 50 people will not be allowed in the national capital till March 31. Operations of all weekly markets in the city have also been suspended and shopping malls directed to make available sanitisers at entrances as well as stores.
14) US researchers on Monday night gave the first shot to the first person in a test of an experimental coronavirus vaccine, leading off a worldwide hunt for the protection even as the pandemic surges across the globe.