New Delhi: Five more people tested positive with the deadly coronavirus in India on Sunday, taking the total number of infected people to 39. The fresh cases were reported from Kerala’ Pathanamthitta district. Also Read - Coronavirus: Man Killed in West Bengal as Groups Clash Over Setting up of Quarantine Centre
The aggravated situation prompted the Kerala government to sound a renewed alert and warn action against those hiding travel history to affected nations. Also Read - South London Park Shuts Down After 3,000 People Visit Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Police Expresses Dissapointment
Currently, the largest chunk of positive cases so far – as many as 19 – have been reported in Delhi after a group of 14 Italian tourists, along with an Indian citizen, returned to the national capital. All of them, as well as two more people who had come in contact with the Indian national, were infected with the deadly virus and are seeking treatment at the ITBP quarantine. Also Read - India Battles COVID-19: Positive Cases Soar to 3,374, Death Toll Reaches 77; Govt Issues Fresh Advisory: 10 Points
Accounting for the rising cases, the Delhi Government has asked the DTC and cluster buses, metro and hospitals to be disinfected on a regular basis as a precautionary measure.
Earlier today, Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja in a press briefing said that of the five infected in the state, three had a travel history to Italy. “They are under medical treatment. People coming from other countries should show responsibility and get a medical checkup done as they reach India,” he said.
Ban on Foreign Cruise Ships
With 16 people of those infected found to be Italian tourists and few others from other foreign nations, the central government on Sunday decided to not let any cruise ship from a foreign destination dock at any Indian port.
40 Indians Stranded in Iran
NCP chief Sharad Pawar, earlier today, brought to the attention of the Centre that as many as 40 Indian nationals are stuck in Iran where the death toll due to coronavirus has toppled at 194.
Urging the Ministry of External Affairs to make necessary arrangements, the Maharashtra leader said that more than 40 Indian citizens were stranded in Qom city of Iran. “They are distressed and in urgent need of medical help and general assistance,” Pawar tweeted.
Subsequently, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said the government was making sufficient efforts to bring back Indian pilgrims from Iran and the follow-up process is being discussed with Iranian authorities. The minister also said that the Indian Embassy in Iran was maintaining close contact with Indian fishermen and no suspect has been detected yet.
Arunachal Pradesh Bans Foreign Entry
With fresh cases of COVID-19 every day raising fears among Indians, the Arunachal Pradesh government banned the entry of foreigners to prevent the spread of the virus in the state. As a precautionary measure, the state government has decided to temporarily suspend issuing Protected Area Permits (PAPs) to foreigners. PAPs are required to enter the state that shares a border with China.
Earlier, Sikkim had also announced similar curbs on foreign visitors, while neighbouring country Bhutan also shut its borders to foreigners for two weeks in an effort to limit the impact of the disease.
GoAir Waives off Cancellation Fee
Budget airline GoAir announced that it will not charge cancellation and rebooking fees on tickets booked till April 30 in view of coronavirus fears. In a Twitter statement, the carrier said that flights can be rescheduled up to September 30 under this scheme.
The same has to be availed 14 days prior to the date of departure. If there would be any fare differential, it will be applicable on rescheduled tickets, the statement said.
State-run carrier Air India had already waived cancellation fees. The development comes after Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that suitable recommendations will be made to private airlines for providing relief in cancellations.
The spread of deadly coronavirus has severely affected the travel and tourism sector with people cancelling their trips out of fear of the viral infection. Notably, the epidemic has infected more than 100,000 people across 90 countries in the world and claimed over 3,500 lives.