New Delhi: With 145 new fatalities reported on Saturday, the death toll in China’s coronavirus has gone up to 1,631. Hubei Province, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, reported 2,420 new confirmed cases and 139 new deaths on Friday, China’s National Health Commission said.

On Friday, the Chinese government had highlighted the continued drop of coronavirus disease, officially termed by the WHO as COVID-19, all over the country except in Hubei province. In an attempt to contain the spread of the disease, Beijing is imposing a 14-day self-quarantine on all those who return to the city. Those who won’t abide by will be punished.

“From now on, all those who have returned to Beijing should stay at home or submit to group observation for 14 days after arriving. Those who refuse to accept home or centralised observation and other prevention and control measures will be held accountable under the law,” the order said.

India Screening Passengers From Japan, South Korea

Extending its preventive measures, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked airports and airlines to screen all passengers arriving in flights from Japan and South Korea. Till date, only passengers arriving from four countries — Thailand, Singapore, China and Hong Kong — were being screened for possible exposure to the respiratory virus at 21 identified airports in India.