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Coronavirus outbreak LIVE | 2 suspected cases in J-K, primary schools shut till March 31



The COVID-19 coronavirus has now killed more than 3,450 people and infected more than 1,00,000 across 92 nations, including 31 people in India since the outbreak first emerged in China in December. China on Saturday reported 28 new deaths from the coronavirus outbreak, bringing the nationwide toll to 3,070.

Outside of China, Italy has registered the highest number of fatalities, with Friday marking it’s largest daily toll of 49 virus deaths, bringing the total number to 197.

South Korea has the biggest number of cases outside China, with over 6,000 infections and 42 deaths, prompting the country to extend school breaks by three weeks.

Meanwhile, 21 people on board a cruise ship stranded off the coast of San Francisco have tested positive for the new Coronavirus, Vice President Mike Pence said. “Among those positive for coronavirus were 19 crew members and two passengers,” said Pence, who has been tasked by President Donald Trump to coordinate the US government’s response to the outbreak.

As the virus continues its global march, the director-general of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, told the global community on March 5 that the time had come to “pull out all the stops” to tackle the outbreak.

In India, among the 31 persons are 16 Italian tourists, of which 14 have been shifted from the ITBP facility in Delhi’s Chawla area to Medanta hospital in Gurgaon and an elderly couple are kept in isolation in a Jaipur hospital.

The latest case was reported from Delhi on Friday, where the patient has a travel history to Thailand and Malaysia.

Amid concerns over the outbreak, all primary schools in Delhi will remain closed till March 31 to prevent the possibility of spread of Coronavirus.

India will now screen all international travellers entering the country through airports and ports.

Meanwhile, India has sent a six-member team of scientists from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to Iran to set up a makeshift laboratory so that people can be tested before flying back.

Also, Iranian flight, Mahan Air, is expected to bring swab samples of 300 Indians stranded in the Coronavirus-hit country Saturday afternoon.

Mahan Air would operate the flight to Delhi and would carry Iranians back in the return flight.

There are about 2,000 Indians, mostly from Kargil area of Kashmir, stranded there. They had gone to visit a religious shrine in Iran but got stuck as regular commercial flights were suspended between the two countries following the spread of the virus. Iran reported 17 new deaths on Friday taking the toll in the country to 124.

The Indian government has been working on logistics with Iranian authorities for the return of the stranded citizens.

Meanwhile, almost 2,000 Iranians are currently in India who would be flown back to their country by the ferry hour agoMarch 7, 2020

Assam on high alert

The Assam government on Friday sounded a high alert to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus after the Bhutan government said that an American citizen, who visited the state in India’s northeast before coming to the Himalayan nation, has been hour agoMarch 7, 2020

Search on for missing 495 Iranian tourists in India

A search is underway by the Tourism Ministry to trace 495 tourists from Iran, now missing, after External Affairs Ministry said their whereabouts are not known.

These Iranian tourists who entered the country in February this year are being traced as Iran has recorded one of the highest numbers of coronavirus deaths till hour agoMarch 7, 2020

2 test positive in preliminary test in Punjab

Two men from Punjab’s Amritsar, who returned from Coronavirus-hit Italy on Wednesday, have tested positive for the disease in the preliminary test, doctors at Amritsar’s Guru Nanak Dev Hospital (GNDH) said on hour agoMarch 7, 2020

Primary schools in J-K closed till March 31

The Jammu and Kashmir administration is closing all primary schools in Jammu and Samba districts till March 31, according to Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary (Planning).

Biometric attendance is also suspended till that date, he hour agoMarch 7, 2020

Two suspected cases in J-K

Two people from Jammu and Kashmir are suspected to have novel Coronavirus. Both have a history of travel to Italy and South Korea. The duo had recently fled from a Jammu-based hospital’s isolation ward and had to be brought hour agoMarch 7, 2020

Facebook closes London offices till Monday

Facebook said on Friday it is closing its London offices until Monday after a visiting employee from Singapore was diagnosed with novel Coronavirus. an hour ago March 7, 2020

21 people test positive on ship off San Francisco bay

Twenty-one people on board cruise ship Grand Princess stranded off the coast of San Francisco have tested positive for the new Coronavirus, Vice President Mike Pence said.

“Among those positive for coronavirus were 19 crew members and two passengers,” said Pence on Friday, who has been tasked by President Donald Trump to coordinate the US government’s response to the outbreak.

Pence said the ship will be brought to a non-commercial dock this weekend and all 3,533 passengers and crew will be hour ago March 7, 2020

Health Minister to meet PM Modi

A Prime Ministerial meeting will take place today to address the preparation against the novel Coronavirus outbreak. Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the virus outbreak.

Earlier this week, the health minister told Parliament that the government was taking “all necessary measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.”

“The scale and extent of our interventions have increased in alignment with the evolving situation of Covid-19 across the world and India in particular,” he said.

The I&B Ministry will also attend the meeting, apart from other officials.



Justice Served: UP Gangster Atiq Ahmed and 2 Others, Sentenced to Life Term for Kidnapping



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In a recent development, a court in Prayagraj has sentenced Atiq Ahmed, a well-known gangster turned politician, along with two others, to rigorous life imprisonment. The verdict was pronounced after they were found guilty of the 2007 kidnapping case of Umesh Pal. Pal was an eyewitness in the murder case of BSP MLA Raju Pal. The court has also acquitted seven others, including Atiq’s brother Ashraf.

The sentencing of Atiq Ahmed and his accomplices comes after a long-drawn legal battle. They were found guilty of abducting Umesh Pal, who was a crucial witness in the murder case of Raju Pal. The court’s decision to award rigorous life imprisonment to the three accused has been welcomed by many, who see it as a step towards justice for the victim and his family.

In another development, earlier today, the Supreme Court refused to entertain Ahmed’s plea seeking protection in connection with the case. The apex court directed Ahmed’s lawyer to approach the High Court with his grievances instead. This decision has come as a setback for Ahmed, who was seeking protection from possible harm in jail.

The verdict in the case is being seen as a significant victory for the judiciary and the law enforcement agencies, who have been working tirelessly to bring the accused to justice. It sends a strong message to anyone who thinks they can get away with heinous crimes like kidnapping and murder. The case has also highlighted the need to protect witnesses in such cases, who play a crucial role in ensuring justice is served.

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Covid cases increasing in Delhi, more than 150 cases in 24 hours, infection rate also increased.



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The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Delhi has been on the rise again in recent days. The capital has seen a continuous surge in the number of cases, with 152 new infections reported in the last 24 hours alone. The infection rate has also risen to 6.66%. This represents a significant increase from the 117 cases reported on Thursday, indicating that the situation is worsening rapidly.

Experts have suggested that the rise in COVID-19 cases may be linked to the increasing number of cases of H3N2 flu in the city. As more people have been getting tested for H3N2, some have been found to be positive for COVID-19 as well. The trend is reflected in the figures from the past few days, with 84 cases reported on Wednesday and 83 on Tuesday, before the sudden spike on Friday.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has issued several recommendations to hospitals in the city to help tackle the situation. Hospitals have been advised to screen patients with fever and maintain an adequate supply of essential medicines. They have also been instructed to ensure that ventilators and other equipment are in good working order.

The Corporation has urged hospitals to promote the booster vaccine dose to their employees and patients and to follow all government guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A nodal officer has been appointed to ensure that hospitals maintain cleanliness, prevent the spread of infection, and manage biomedical waste effectively.

The situation is not limited to Delhi, as cases of COVID-19 are rising rapidly in other parts of India as well. Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Karnataka are all areas of concern, and the central government has held a meeting to discuss the matter. The focus remains on testing, tracing, and treatment, as authorities work to contain the spread of the virus.

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Traffic chaos in Delhi as marshals struggle to control heavy vehicles on Ashram flyover



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Delhi, India – Chaos ensues as the Ashram Flyover becomes a traffic nightmare for commuters in the city. But fear not, as a group of marshals has been deployed to restore order and bring some sense to the madness.

The Ashram Flyover, a major artery in the bustling metropolis of Delhi, has been a headache for commuters for quite some time now. The flyover, which connects the city’s south and central areas, sees heavy traffic congestion during peak hours, causing long delays and frayed nerves.

But things have taken a spicy turn as marshals have been brought in to keep things under control. These marshals, donning bright green jackets, have been tasked with managing the traffic flow, ensuring that vehicles move smoothly and without incident.

The marshals have their work cut out for them, as the chaos on the flyover seems to have no end in sight. The heavy traffic, coupled with the city’s notorious lack of lane discipline, has resulted in a free-for-all on the flyover, with vehicles jostling for space and tempers flaring.

But the marshals are undeterred. Armed with whistles and hand signals, they are determined to bring some order to the chaos. And their efforts seem to be paying off, as traffic has started moving more smoothly, and the honking and shouting have reduced considerably.

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