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Coronavirus India updates March 18: Army reports first case, total cases increase to 147

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Written by Shubhajit Roy
, Darshan Devaiah BP
, Vishnu Varma
, Sakshi Dayal|Bengaluru, Gurgaon, Kochi, New Delhi |

Upgraded: March 18, 2020 6: 01: 54 pm





Coronavirus India updates March 18: Govt confirms 276 Indians infected abroad, cases near 150 in country Indians waiting at a train station wear protective masks as a precaution versus a new infection outbreak in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, March 17,2020 (AP Image)

Coronavirus( COVID-19) India updates: A total of 276 Indians have been contaminated with the book coronavirus( COVID-19) abroad, consisting of 255 in Iran, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) informed the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. The federal government’s clarification came a day after reports emerged that a a great deal of Indian pilgrims in Iran had actually evaluated positive for the infection. Out of 276, 12 are likewise from UAE, 5 from Italy and one each from Hong Kong, Kuwait, Sri Lanka and Rwanda.

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Within the nation, the total variety of verified cases has actually reached 151, including 14 who have actually recovered and three deaths, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said in its most current publication. Maharashtra has actually reported the optimum number of cases, followed by Kerala, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. While the Indian Army reported its very first case, BJP MP Suresh Prabhu separated himself at his house for the next 14 days following his return from Saudi Arabia.

Roche Diagnostics India first personal firm to get COVID-19 test approval

In a considerable advancement, Swiss company Roche Diagnostics India has received the license for performing coronavirus tests after approval from drug regulator DCGI, making it the first private firm to get such authorization after the federal government decided to allow recognized private laboratories to test for COVID-19, news company PTI reported. According to a senior official, the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) is now assessing giving license to another private diagnostic company, BioMerieux, which has likewise looked for approval to conduct tests for coronavirus.

4 passengers with ‘home quarantine’ stamp deboarded from train

4 Germany-returned guests were deboarded from coach number G4 & G5 of Garib Rath at Palghar station, around 100 kms from Mumbai, when travel ticket inspectors and co-passengers raised an alarm seeing a stamp on their hands. They were headed to Surat. The four travelers were screened at the Mumbai worldwide airport, where they were discovered negative for coronavirus.

Latest coronavirus updates in India Lucknow: Train passengers utilize masks amidst coronavirus outbreak. (Express picture by Vishal Srivastav)

However, they were encouraged 14 days of home quarantine, as discussed in the stamp on their hands. After being de-boarded, they were required to a federal government hospital in Palghar.

#COVID2019 india Four guests were deboarded from coach number G4 & G5 of Garib Rath today at Palghar station when the TTEs discovered & also co guests raised an alarm seeing a stamp on their hands. They had flown below Germany & were headed to Surat. @IndianExpress

— Avishek Dastidar (@avishekgd) March 18, 2020

Karnataka under lockdown till March 31

Karnataka will be under lockdown till March 31.

#COVID19: Karnataka will be under lockdown till March 31, all the public locations consisting of malls, theatre, schools, colleges, and other public places will be shut. @IndianExpress

— Darshan Devaiah B P (@DarshanDevaiahB) March 18, 2020

According to Karnataka health minister, the state has actually reported two more brand-new cases, taking the total variety of favorable cases in the state to 13.

Mass events in Gurgaon limited to 50 individuals; bars, spas to be shut

With the number of coronavirus cases increasing in India, mass gatherings in Gurgaon have been purchased to be restricted to a maximum of 50 individuals.

Latest coronavirus updates in India A medical personnel checks Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s temperature before holding an interview in Lok Bhawan in Lucknow on Wednesday. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, the Gurgaon district magistrate, on the other hand, directed that all shopping malls need to likewise “suspend” operations “with immediate result” until March31 Drug stores, medical facilities, grocery stores and incredibly markets, however, are excluded from this order. In addition to the swimming pools, fitness centers, schools, colleges, clubs, club, movie theater halls, and theatres, that had actually currently been directed to stay closed recently, the DM has actually also directed that all medical spas, lounges and bars, in addition to weekly fairs suspend operations till March31 Learn More here

Indian Army reports very first coronavirus case

The Indian Army on Wednesday reported its first case of the COVID-19 illness after a 34- year-old soldier in Leh was tested favorable. The jawan was on leave and he can be found in contact with his dad, who had returned from a trip to Iran on February27 His dad, nevertheless, was just quarantined on February 29 at the Ladakh Heart Foundation. He tested positive for COVID-19 on March 6 and has remained in isolation at SNM Health center ever since.

Latest coronavirus updates in India Employees sanitise a local train in Mumbai. (Express image: Prashant Nadkar)

The jawan, who reported back to task on March 2, was helping his household during his dad’s quarantine.

Fresh case reported in Pune

A fresh case of coronavirus has actually been reported Wednesday in Pune taking the number of favorable cases in Pune to 8, and 10 in PCMC. With this, the total number of patients in Maharashtra, which has reported optimal cases, reaches 42.

Latest coronavirus updates in India Two men wearing masks walk past the Entrance of India monument in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, March 17,2020 (AP Image)

Fresh case in Noida, 2 in Karnataka

A couple from Noida with travel history to Indonesia were checked for coronavirus after showing signs. The other half has been checked favorable while the final verification of the partner’s sample is waited for, Dr Anurag Bharagava CMO, told The Indian Express With this, the total variety of validated cases in Noida is 4 now. On the other hand, Karnataka health minister has actually verified 2 more cases in the state, taking the total to13 Both patients are from Bengaluru.

Suresh Prabhu in self-quarantine after Saudi trip

Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) MP and previous civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu Wednesday isolated himself at his residence for the next 14 days following his return from Saudi Arabia.

Latest coronavirus updates in India Outside the Manesar quarantine center. (Express photo by Gajendra Yadav.)

Bars to stay open in Kerala with preventive steps

Bars and pubs will remain open in Kerala, albeit with precautionary measures, in the wake of the Covid-19 spread in the state, the cabinet decided Wednesday. The choice will be formally revealed later on in the day.

Let’s #BreakTheChain to beat #COVID19

Social Distancing

✋ Hand Hygiene

Regular cleansing & disinfect surfaces

Be Educated

✅ Follow the directions of health officials

Keep in mind, we will overcome this.
Share the word, not the illness.

— Pinarayi Vijayan (@vijayanpinarayi) March 18, 2020

The cabinet is learnt to have actually recommended that management running bars and clubs in the state can continue doing so, although they need to take safety measures with regard to keeping sanitation inside. The state’s excise department will be charged to guarantee that each of the bars under its jurisdiction follow the security steps.

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The Kerala government has actually maintained that while individuals must work out caution and individual hygiene in the wake of the virus break out, their social lives must go on too.

Latest coronavirus updates in India Punjab has only one validated case of coronavirus yet at GMC medical facility. (Representational Image)

Mumbai Police to shut bars, dance bars till March 31

However, the Maharashtra government has actually asked the Mumbai Police to shut pubs, dance bars, discotheques and comparable facilities in the city till March 31, an official said. The state has reported 40 favorable cases up until now.

SC issues notice on mid-day meals to children

With schools throughout several states closed, the Supreme Court Wednesday took suo motu cognisanse of the non-availability of mid-day meals and issued notifications to state administrations seeking their replies on how children are being looked after.

Problems see to states and UTs. @IndianExpress

— Ananthakrishnan G (@axidentaljourno) March 18, 2020

Delhi HC may hear cases through video conference next week

Amidst the coronavirus outbreak, the Delhi High Court is try out video conferencing centers to conduct procedures, reports PTI. This might begin for hearing some cases next week.

In Odisha, over 1,200 people self-report foreign trip on govt website

The Odisha government has actually stated 1,239 people returning from foreign journeys have actually registered themselves up until now on the main platforms offered by the state to track possible coronavirus carriers. The federal government’s Covid-19 portal requests details such as name, age, gender, mobile and regional contact numbers, address and email. The website likewise supplies an alternative to examine particular tell-tale symptoms such as fever, cough and respiratory distress-while requesting for an extensive travel history inclusive of mode of transportation and interim stops.

No BJP demonstration for one month, states primary JP Nadda

The BJP will not hold demonstration or presentation for one month due to coronavirus, the celebration’s chief J P Nadda stated. “PM, the other day in the Parliamentary celebration conference, had actually preferred that because of coronavirus we must avoid any type of agitation, dharna, demonstration.

Total cases reported in different Indian states so far

Up until now, 42 cases have actually been reported in Maharashtra, 10 in Delhi, 16 in Haryana, 11 in Karnataka, 27 in Kerala, 4 in Rajasthan, five in Telangana, 3 in Jammu and Kashimir, 8 in Ladakh, 15 Uttar Pradesh, one in Uttarakhand and West Bengal, Odisha, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Goa.

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Health Ministry recommends use of anti-HIV drugs

The Union Health Minister on Tuesday recommended using anti-HIV drugs on a “case-to-case basis” for “high-risk patients” aged above 60 years with hidden conditions. The instruction follows two COVID-positive Italian tourists– a 69- year-old male and his 70- year-old partner– who were administered the Lopinavir/Ritonavir combination, usually a second-line HIV medication, recovered in Jaipur.

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