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    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Ravindra H Thakare, Collector and District Magistrate,
    Maharashtra: A 45-year-old person has tested positive for coronavirus. The
    patient has a travel history to the United States. The total number of positive
    cases of coronavirus in Maharastra rises to 11 (2 in Mumbai, 8 in Pune and 1 in
    Nagpur).

  • 10:25 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Reports suggested that the Ministry of External Affairs has appointed an additional secretary-level rank official as nodal officer to coordinate efforts at the global-level regarding coronavirus.



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    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Director-General of the World Health Organization: WHO’s mandate is public health. But we’re working with many partners across all
    sectors to mitigate the social and economic consequences of this coronavirus pandemic.



  • 10:06 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of
    India: All existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/International Organisations,
    employment, project visas, stand suspended till April 15. This will come into
    effect from March 13 at the port of departure.

  • 9:57 PM IST

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    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Addressing a press conference, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray said that 10 positive cases of coronavirus have been found in the state so far, including 8 positive cases in Pune.

  • 8:57 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Directorate of Health Services, Uttar Pradesh: A total
    number of 9 samples found positive in the state, results of 77 samples are
    awaited.

  • 8:56 PM IST

  • 8:49 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope: All ministers in a cabinet meeting today reached a consensus to either postpone or cancel IPL matches in view of coronavirus transmission threat. The final decision will be taken on Thursday. Assembly session can also be either postponed or adjourned.

New Delhi: With at least 14 fresh cases coming from Kerala, Maharashtra and Karnataka on Tuesday, the total number of people who have tested positive for the deadly coronavirus has gone up to 60. Stepping up the measures to curtail a further spread, the Union Health Ministry has asked people to avoid any non-essential travels from China, Italy, Republic of Korea, Japan, France, Spain and Germany. Also Read - Actor Ruslaan Mumtaaz Recalls Horror Days When His Baby Was Born Amid COVID-19 Scare

As many as 11 people tested positive till Tuesday evening in Kerala. The government in Kerala, where the spike is the highest, has urged citizens with symptoms of COVID-19 to not hide their identity as it may cause a further spread of the disease. Also Read - Kevin Pietersen Cleaning Toilet to Sanjay Manjrekar Sweeping The Floor, Ex-Cricketers Reveal Their COVID-19 Lockdown

“Those who are not revealing their travel history of coming back from affected areas and countries will be considered a crime,” said Kerala Health Secretary. Also Read - Odisha 1st State to Extend Lockdown. Will Other States Follow Suit?

Meanwhile, four new cases were revealed in each, Karnataka and Maharashtra’s Pune. Remarkably, amid the increasing health scare, a combination of two anti-HIV drugs was used for the first time in India in the treatment of two patients.

Anti-HIV Drug, a cure for coronavirus?

A combination of lopinavir and ritonavir, both second-line HIV drugs, was used on an elderly Italian couple in Jaipur undergoing treatment at the SMS Hospital. This combination, along with other drugs, was popularly used in clinical trials in China, where the coronavirus first emerged and rampantly spread. It was also used in Thailand for treating COVID-19 patients.

The Drug Controller General of India approved the “restricted use” of these medications for treating coronavirus-affected people after the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) sought their emergency approval.

The Italian man and his wife had reportedly developed severe respiratory problems following which a decision was taken to put them on the combination. As a result, the drugs were administered after taking consent of the patients, SMS Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr DS Meena said.

A global epidemic

All in all, over 4,000 people have died as a result of the viral outbreak and more than 116,558 have been infected by the disease. European countries including France, Italy, Spain and Germany have already been at the brunt of coronavirus. However, 54 new positive cases were reported in the United Kingdom, increasing the total count in the country to 373.

On the other hand, Iran reported 54 new Coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, recording the highest one-day toll, taking the total number of deaths to 291.