A total of 47 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported in India.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan held a meeting with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to take stock of the situation in the capital territory on March 9th, 2020.
The government has decided not to let any foreign cruise ship to dock at Indian ports. The government had suspended visas and e-visas granted on or before March 3rd, 2020 to people travelling from Italy, Iran, South Korea and Japan, effective immediately, following the surge in cases of COVID-19 in these countries.
The global number of deaths from the new coronavirus passed 4,000 on March 9th, 2020. The virus has spread to over 100 countries with more than 110,000 cases of infection.
On the other hand, the first batch of 58 Indian pilgrims returned back from Iran on March 10th, 2020. The first batch Indians who were evacuated from coronavirus-hit Iran landed in Hindon.
Foreign Minister S Jaishankar tweeted saying, “Mission completed. On to the next.”
A total of 9,41,717 international passengers from 8,827 flights have been screened at airports till March 9th, 2020 with 54 passengers being referred to IDSP/ hospitals.
To meet the increasing demand and convenient screening of passengers, manpower deployed at airports have been substantially increased. There are now 286 doctors, 160 nurses and 295 paramedics stationed at airports across the country.
404 Indian contacts of the US citizen tested positive in Bhutan have been identified and put under surveillance in Assam.
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