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  • 11:07 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: “The first Iranian flight carrying sample swabs of stranded Indian citizens will leave Tehran IKIA Airport hopefully early morning tomorrow to New Delhi and in return, it will bring back Iranian nationals to their homeland,” stated Iran Embassy in Delhi.

    “Embassy while rejecting some false reports about the deportation of Indian citizens from Iran due to possible Coronavirus infection, ensures that Indians have always been respected&warmly welcomed by Iranian people&Govt&such reports are baseless allegations,” it added.
  • 10:11 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: A total of more than 1,00,000 positive cases of coronavirus have been confirmed across the world.

  • 8:30 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: District administration of Pune in Maharashtra asks hotel & lodge owners to inform immediately if any foreign national visiting their establishments fall sick.

  • 8:29 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Union Tourism Ministry is tracking the whereabouts of 450 Iranian tourists who entered the country in February.

  • 8:28 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: “Every era brings new challenges to test and strengthen our ‘Collaborate to Create’ spirit. Just as today, COVID-19 is a big challenge in front of the world,” says PM Narendra Modi at the Economic Times Global Business Summit in Delhi.

  • 7:29 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: DGCA Issues Advisory to Crew, Ground Staff

    If any employee of airlines, ground staff provider or Airport Authority of India is detected with symptoms of fever, cough, cold, running nose, congested eyes, they shall be removed from duty&undergo detailed examination.

  • 7:04 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Himachal Pradesh Additional Chief Secretary (Health) RD Dhiman said, “In view of Coronavirus in India, all departments are requested to exempt their employees to mark biometric attendance in Aadhaar-based Biometric Attendance System till 31 March, 2020.”

  • 5:51 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Will wearing masks help prevent coronavirus? The answer is, ‘there is no need to panic’… READ MORE

  • 4:35 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: In view of Coronavirus, morning assembly sessions of Delhi government schools have been stopped and Anganwadis to remain closed, announced CM Arvind Kejriwal.

  • 4:29 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: “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,” says Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.

New Delhi: COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc in several countries as the total death toll crosses 3345 globally. The World Health Organisation (WHO), on the other hand, has warned that coronavirus was spreading 17 times faster outside China. It has urged governments around the world to pull out “all the stops” in the fight against the deadly outbreak of the epidemic. Also Read - Coronavirus: India-EU Summit Rescheduled, Schools Closed Till March 31, Cases Rise to 30 | Top 10 Points

“This is not a drill. This is not the time to give up. This is not a time for excuses. This is a time for pulling out all the stops,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Thursday. “Countries have been planning for scenarios like this for decades,” he said, adding, now is the time to act on those plans. Also Read - Coronavirus Impact: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju Advises India's Athletes to Not Shake Hands With People

Meanwhile, in India, the Union Health Ministry has asked states to form rapid response teams at district, block and village levels as one more case of novel coronavirus was reported in Ghaziabad in the national capital region (NCR) yesterday, taking the total number in the country to 30 so far. The patient is a middle-aged man with a recent travel history to Iran, one of the worst-hit countries by the deadly virus after China and South Korea. In recent days, it has seen several hundred new cases of infections.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan also took stock of the preparedness at Indira Gandhi International airport in New Delhi. He will also visit the Chennai airport for inspection. “This (COVID19) has spread in around 78 countries but in a large country like India, we are smoothly working towards ensuring that coronavirus does not affect people on a mass level. I will also go to Chennai Airport for inspection, in a day or two,” said Vardhan.

“We had started screening at seven airports from January 17, it then extended to 21 airports and now thermal screening of all passengers coming on all international flights is being done. Several flights come at a time, screening of over 6 Lakh people has been done,” he added.

The Union Health Minister asserted that after visiting the IGI Airport he witnessed that everything was carried out very smoothly there.

He also stated that India was in touch with Iran on possible evacuation of Indian pilgrims and students stranded in Iran. Over 2,000 Indians are stranded in Iran and would be brought back after screening them properly by the medical team. After a spike in Coronavirus cases in Iran, India has suspended regular commercial flights with the Islamic country.