Coronavirus: Indian Crew, Passengers on Ship Turned Away by Japan!

With many people in China unable go outside owing to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus epidemic, “home marathons” have become a new option for many Chinese runners in this period.

Several Indian crew members and passengers on board a cruise ship have been quarantined off Japan in the wake of coronavirus outbreak, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Friday, 7 February.

Meanwhile, Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja announced the withdrawal of ‘state disaster’ status given due to coronavirus. However, she added that the alert is to be continued.

The death toll in China due to the novel coronavirus outbreak went up to 636, with 73 mortalities on Thursday, Chinese Health Officials have confirmed. Total confirmed cases have gone past 30,000, reports AFP.

All 645 Indian evacuees from China’s Wuhan have tested negative for coronavirus, the Health Ministry said on Thursday, adding that no new case has been reported.

The Kerala government on Monday had declared coronavirus a ‘state disaster’ after the third person tested positive for the virus
The Union Health Ministry issued a travel advisory informing the public to refrain from travelling to China
Over 650 Indians have been evacuvated from Wuhan
The Indian Army has set up a quarantine facility in Haryana’s Manesar for the students brought back
The virus is novel, meaning it has never been encountered before in humans
Indian Crew, Passengers on Board Cruise Ship Quarantined off Japan Due to Coronavirus

Several Indian crew members and passengers on board a cruise ship have been quarantined off Japan in the wake of coronavirus outbreak, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said today.

He said that none of them have tested positive and India is closely following the developments, reported PTI.

80 Indian Students Still in Coronavirus-Hit Wuhan: Jaishankar

An estimated 80 Indian are still living in the coronavirus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar told the Rajya Sabha today, adding that 70 of them chose to stay behind at the time of the evacuation operation, reported ANI.

Major Ports Asked to Procure N-95 Masks: Shipping Ministry

“All major ports have been asked to procure N-95 masks and install thermal scanners,”said Shipping Ministry, reported PTI.

Kerala Withdraws ‘State Disaster’ Status Given Due to Coronavirus

Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja said, “Kerala withdraws ‘state disaster’ status given to Coronavirus. Alert to be continued and health guidelines to be followed,” reported ANI.

‘Govt Taking Steps to Prevent Spread of Coronavirus’: Health Min

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan in Rajya Sabha said, “Three people have tested positive for coronavirus in Kerala. They have travel history to Wuhan in China.”

“GoM headed by Union health minister monitoring coronavirus situation in country and the government has taken several measures to check spread of coronavirus to India. Visas issued to Chinese nationals no longer valid.”

He added, “1,39,539 passengers of 1,275 flights have been screened for coronavirus.
150 passengers identified with symptoms of coronavirus referred to isolation facilities.”

Man Quarantined in Pune After Vomitting in Flight

A man flying from Delhi to Pune was admitted to an isolation ward of the civic-run Naidu Hospital here on Friday, 7 February for possible exposure to novel coronavirus after he vomitted mid-flight, an official said.

The passenger was admitted to the hospital after the flight arrived at the Pune airport in the morning, an Air India official said.

“The passenger was traveling from Delhi to Pune on Air India flight. He complained of nausea and vomitted on board. After the plane landed at the Pune airport, he was immediately isolated and shifted to Naidu Hospital,” the official said.

According to the Pune Airport authorities, the flight was sanitized later.

China Launches Probe After Whistleblower Doctor Dies

China’s anti-graft watchdog announced on Friday, 7 February, an investigation after the death of a whistleblower doctor sparked anger over the government’s handling of the coronavirus emergency.

The discipline inspection commission said in a statement that an investigative team would go to Wuhan, the virus-hit city where doctor Li Wenliang died, to “conduct a comprehensive investigation into issues involving Dr Li Wenliang reported by the masses”.

Japan’s 4th Evacuation Flight Lands From Wuhan

Japan’s fourth chartered flight has returned to Tokyo from Wuhan, the epicentre of a viral outbreak in central China, carrying 198 Japanese evacuees and their Chinese spouses.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Friday, 7 February that so far nobody was seen having obvious symptoms of the coronavirus infection.

He said they will be all screened at a hospital before being sent to a government facility near Tokyo for quarantine.

At 86, Japan now has the highest number of cases outside mainland China. On Friday, Japan reported 41 more cases aboard a quarantined cruise ship.

Vice Prez Naidu Congratulates Air India Team for Evacuating Over 600 Indians From Wuhan

Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu on Friday, 7 February congratulated the Air India team that evacuated around 600 Indians from Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.

The two special flights carrying as many as 647 Indians and 7 Maldivians had reached New Delhi on Saturday and Sunday.

The team led by Air India’s Director of Operations Captain Amitabh Singh included 30 cabin crew, eight pilots, 10 commercial staff of Air India and one senior officer from AI CMD Secretariat

Chinese President Xi Jinping Discusses Coronavirus Outbreak With Trump

Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke on Friday, 7 February with US President Donald Trump on the novel coronavirus outbreak, emphasising that China has “spared no effort in fighting the epidemic”, state media reported.

Xi told Trump on the phone that China was “fully confident and capable of defeating the epidemic”, and that “the long-term trend of China’s economic development for the better will not change”, broadcaster CCTV said in its report.

Shinzo Abe Asks Govt to Limit Economic Impact of the Virus

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reportedly called on his government to take “all necessary steps” in order to limit the economic impact of the virus outbreak. That could include dipping into budget reserves.

(Source: Reuters)

Baby Born in Wuhan Becomes Youngest Person Diagnosed With Virus

A baby who was born on 2 February in Wuhan tested positive for the virus 36 hours after he was delivered, the Associated Press reported. Authorities said he was the youngest person known to be infected with the new coronavirus.

Another 41 on Japan Cruise Have New Coronavirus

Another 41 people on board a cruise ship off Japan’s coast have tested positive for the new strain of coronavirus, local media including national broadcaster NHK said on Friday, 7 February, reports AFP.

The new cases raise to 61 the number of people on the Diamond Princess so far diagnosed with the new virus, which has killed more than 600 people — most of them in mainland China where the strain emerged.

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