The deadly coronavirus, which originated from Wuhan in China has now spread to several countries, including in India. With 29 confirmed cases, India is now a major stakeholder in the global war against coronavirus. From Hyderabad to Jaipur to capital New Delhi, coronavirus threat now looms large over India. Airports are on high alerts and inbound tourists on international flights are being thoroughly screened.
Coronavirus Highlights from March 4
07:25 pm: Amit Shah's Telangana rally has been postponed amid scare of coronavirus.
07:21 pm: Reports are coming in from Germany that a train carrying 330 passengers has been stopped at a Frankfurt station with a suspected traveller infected with the coronavirus.
06:23 pm: Police personnel wear masks as prevention against coronavirus, at Taj Mahal complex, in Agra, Wednesday, March 4, 2020.
04:34 pm: As many as 12 airports in the North East have been asked to maintain 'strict vigil' amid the growing threat of coronavirus in the country. The Airport Authority of India (AAI), alon with the state governments, have sent instructions to 12 functional airports. Read Full Report
04:12 pm: There was a situation of panic created at Hyderabad IT partk after a woman techie, who recently returned from Italy has been tested positive for coronavirus.
04:10 pm: Amazon has confirmed that an employee who works in the internet giant's home city of Seattle in the United States has been quarantined after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.
02:17 pm: Taskforce on coronavirus formed under my leadership, all concerned stakeholders will be part of it, says Delhi Chief Minister
02:15 pm: There is no shortage of masks; coronavirus testing lab will be set up at Lady Hardinge Hospital and also in LNJP Hospital if necessary, says Kejriwal
02:12 pm: A state-level task force has been constituted to control the situation arising due to coronavirus. It will be chaired by me. It includes members from several agencies, departments and corporations. Each member has been assigned a role, says Kejriwal
02:10 pm: Home Minister Amit Shah says the country is well prepared to contain the spread of coronavirus. Shah says he will not participate in 'Holi Milan' function in the wake of the reports of outbreak of the virus in different places
01:57 pm: Gujarat Health Department says none of the 1,582 people kept under observation after returning from coronavirus-hit countries has so far been found to be infected by the potentially deadly virus
01:32 pm: 1,582 people who came from foreign countries recently have been screened till now. 25 samples collected. Isolation wards have been set up in medical colleges, says Jai Prakash Shivhare, Health Commissioner, Health&Welfare Department, Gujarat
01:30 pm: At least 25 people suspected of Coronavirus are admitted at Safdarjung hospital. 4 suspected cases of Coronavirus are kept in isolation at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia hospital
01:19 pm: Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's example, BJP president J P Nadda said he will not celebrate Holi or hold any Holi Milan function in view of the novel Coronavirus outbreak
01:17 pm: Odisha government issues dos and don'ts asking people to avoid hugging, shaking hands while greeting and keeping their workplace clean to ward off novel Coronavirus infection
12:54 pm: From now on, all flights and passengers will be part of universal screening, not just the 12 countries which we had listed earlier, says health minister
12:53 pm: A meeting of a group of Union Ministers on Coronavirus to be held today at Nirman Bhawan, Delhi
12:52 pm: The Telangana government has decided to undertake various measures, including a campaign to promote cleanliness in public transport, to prevent the spread of novel Coronavirus. The move comes against the backdrop of the virus spreading in various countries and a man from the state testing positive for it.
12:51 pm: 6 coronavirus cases in Agra, patients are relatives of Delhi-based man who tested positive for disease, says health minister
12:49 pm: Till now, there have been 28 positive cases of Coronavirus in India
12:48 pm: If Iran Govt supports our efforts, then we have an intention to establish a test lab there as well. This will let us bring back our citizens from Iran after a thorough screening, says Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan
12:43 pm: 14 out of 21 Italian nationals have found positive for coronavirus. They have been sent to at Indo-Tibetan Border Police's (ITBP) quarantine facility in Chhawla, says Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan
12:38 pm: On conducting contact tracing of the person tested positive in Delhi, we came to know that he infected 6 members of his family who are in Agra. All 6 members tested positive for coronavirus, says Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan
12:35 pm: We have requested all hospitals in Delhi to develop good quality isolation wards, in order to stay prepared if more cases of coronavirus are suspected in the national capital, says Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan
12:29 pm: After the cabinet meeting, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan is briefing the media. He informed that they have discussed the ways to contain the spread of the virus.
11:59 am: Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan takes a meeting with senior officials from Delhi Government for the management and preparedness of coronavirus
11:48 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi to not attend Holi Milan programme amid coronavirus scare. "Experts across the world have advised to reduce mass gatherings to avoid the spread of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. Hence, this year I have decided not to participate in any Holi Milan programme," tweets PM Modi