New Delhi: The number of coronavirus cases in the country has gone up to 30 on Thursday after a man from Ghaziabad was tested positive for the virus. He had recently travelled from Italy. In the wake of the outbreak of the deadly virus, the Central government on Thursday asked state governments to form rapid response teams at district, block and village levels to tackle the disease. Here are the top developments of the virus that has spread fear among people across the nation. Also Read - 'Public-Private Sectors Must Come Together to Combat Coronavirus,' Says Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

  1. In the wake of the virus, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced that all primary schools in the national capital will remain closed till March 31 to prevent the possibility of spread of coronavirus. Apart from this, the primary classes of Kendriya Vidyalayas in the national capital will also remain closed till March 31.
  2. Holding a press conference, MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that India and EU have decided to reschedule Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Brussels in view of the advice by health authorities. The India-EU summit was slated to be held later this month and will now be rescheduled.
  3. MEA Spokesperson said that no case of any Indian being affected by a coronavirus in Iran has emerged and Indian embassies across the world are on the job to help Indians.
  4. Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said an Indian medical team is in Iran and authorities are working on the logistics with their Iranian counterparts for the return of the Indians stranded there.
  5. Addressing a press conference, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said the government is taking all steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
  6. The Central government has also imposed additional visa restrictions on people travelling from or having visited Italy and South Korea, making it mandatory for them to submit a certificate of having tested negative for COVID-19 from laboratories authorised by the health authorities of their countries.
  7. After the cases of coronavirus started rising in the country, the Sikkim government has decided to suspend issuing Inner Line Permit (ILP) to foreign nationals as a precautionary measure. Now, foreign nationals are required to obtain ILP from the state government to visit Sikkim.
  8. Till Wednesday, 29 people, including 16 Italian tourists, tested positive for coronavirus. The list includes the first three cases in the country from Kerala last month. The three persons have been discharged following recovery.
  9. Rashtrapati Bhavan’s iconic Mughal Gardens, which was opened on February 4 for the general public, will be closed from Saturday, a day before its scheduled closure, in view of the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
  10. Maharashtra Chief minister Udhhav Thackeray said that the state government has launched a dedicated helpline number ‘020-26127394’ for the affected people. The Maharashtra Chief Minister stated that all need to be cautious for the next 10 to 15 days. He asked people to avoid big gatherings during Holi celebrations.
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