New Delhi: At a time when the death toll from the deadly coronavirus has crossed more than 2,000 in the mainland China, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Thursday said that there is no ban on travel to or from China in view of coronavirus outbreak as of now. “There is no ban on travel to or from China in view of coronavirus outbreak: MEA Also Read - Is Pakistan Poorer Than Bangladesh, Afghanistan? Protesters Ask Pakistan Govt Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
The statement from the MEA comes after Chinese health authorities said that Hubei reported 108 deaths from novel coronavirus through Wednesday, including 88 in provincial capital Wuhan alone, bringing the death toll from the deadly outbreak in the province to 2,029.
As per updates, 2,112 deaths have been reported in mainland China, while the number of confirmed cases stands at 74,185.
Giving updates about Indians being tested positive onboard Diamond Princess cruise ship, Raveesh Kumar stated that the Indian authorities are in touch with the Japanese counterparts for all assistance and updates.
“We are in touch with the Japanese authorities. There are 132 crew members and 6 passengers of Indian nationals who were onboard cruise ship, Diamond Princess this was quarantined off the coast of Japan. As per the latest information, there are 8 Indian nationals who are infected with the coronavirus. They are being treated at the local hospital,” he said.
The development comes after one more Indian on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship tested positive for coronavirus.
In a statement, the Indian Embassy in Tokyo said that all seven Indian nationals infected with the virus have been shifted to hospitals in Japan for treatment.
“1 Indian crew who tested positive for #COVID19 among 88 new cases yesterday on #DiamondPrincess taken to hospital for treatment. Indians receiving treatment responding well. From today, the disembarkation of passengers only started, likely to continue till 21 Feb,” the embassy tweeted.