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Economic Times | 29 Feb, 2020 | 09.16AM IST

Coronavirus Updates: Japan to shut down schools in order to control the spread

Japan becomes the second country after China to shut down schools nationwide over the epidemic.

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09:40 PM

Iran cancels Friday's sermons due to coronavirus outbreak

09:37 PM

India cancels all flight operations from Iran

08:09 PM

Coronavirus outbreak at decisive point: WHO chief

The new coronavirus outbreak has reached a "decisive point", the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday, urging countries to redouble efforts to contain its spread effectively.
Coronavirus outbreak at decisive point: WHO chief
08:05 PM

Evacuees from Japan cruise ship quarantined at a facility in Manesar

08:04 PM

Iran Vice-President Masoumeh Ebtekar has coronavirus: The Associated Press

08:00 PM

55,785 screened for coronavirus at Mumbai airport so far

The Maharashtra Health Department said on Thursday that a total of 55,785 travelers have been screened for possible novel coronavirus infection at the Mumbai international airport so far.
55,785 screened for coronavirus at Mumbai airport so far
07:57 PM

Pakistan suspends flights to Iran after two confirmed cases of coronavirus

06:46 PM

Geneva watch expo cancelled over coronavirus

The organiser of Geneva's international expo of fine watches said on Thursday it had decided to cancel the April event because of the spread of the new coronavirus.
Geneva watch expo cancelled over coronavirus
06:42 PM

Raw material supplies to industries likely to be hit due to coronavirus crisis if situation doesn't improve in two months: FM Sitharaman (Source PTI)

06:00 PM

Donald Trump faces credibility test as he plays down virus threat

President Donald Trump faces a critical personal challenge in grappling with the new coronavirus outbreak: asking Americans to believe him after he and some of his top advisers have contradicted federal scientists in playing down the threat.
Donald Trump faces credibility test as he plays down virus threat
05:55 PM

EU experts agree pushbacks at borders inappropriate to tackle virus

EU government experts have agreed that blocking cross-border movement within the bloc of people with coronavirus symptoms would be counter-productive and that quarantine was the preferred option, EU officials said on Thursday.
EU experts agree pushbacks at borders inappropriate to tackle virus
05:50 PM

New virus has infected 82,000 globally, caused 2,800 deaths

The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it.
New virus has infected 82,000 globally, caused 2,800 deaths
05:26 PM

Coronavirus now threatens to obstruct India's first underwater metro

India’s oldest metro, which started in 1984 with a North-South service, was due to expand by 2014 but faced problems including squatters on the planned route. These issues contributed to the total project cost rising to about Rs 8,600 crores for some 17 kilometers from Rs 4,900 crore for 14 km.
05:25 PM

Report shows Indian aviation sector outlook remains 'negative' amid coronavirus outbreak

Air India has temporarily stopped flying to China and Hong Kong till June 30. The airline has also reduced the number of flights to Singapore. Vistara has decided to cancel 54 flights to Singapore and Bangkok in March. GoAir has suspended its operations to Singapore and has also scaled down the number of flights operated to Phuket and Bangkok. (Source: PTI)
05:07 PM

China reports rise in new coronavirus cases, warns of risk of rebound

China reported 433 new cases of coronavirus infections on Feb. 26, the National Health Commission said on Thursday, up from 406 a day earlier, with a cluster of new cases in Beijing raising concerns about the management of employees returning to work. (Source: Reuters)
05:01 PM

Residents wear protective facemasks as a prevention measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus at a market in Quetta as Pakistan has detected its first two cases of novel coronavirus.

(Credits: AFP)
Residents wear protective facemasks as a prevention measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus at a market in Quetta as Pakistan has detected its first two cases of novel coronavirus.
04:59 PM

Report shows outbreak could impact India Inc

According to Dun & Bradstreet's Economy Observer report, manufacturing companies could face production disruptions if the length of the outbreak gets prolonged and their supply chain is not restored to normalcy.
04:52 PM

MEA on requests from other nations to bring back their nationals:

Even in the past India has taken steps to help countries in times of crisis
04:51 PM

Coronavirus is starting to slow the solar energy revolution

While China is slowly starting to get back to work after an extended shutdown to contain the virus’ spread, many factories are still not at full capacity amid a lack of staff and raw materials. Green manufacturers are not spared, with analysts and industry groups flagging the potential for higher costs and a hit to overseas operations, especially if the outbreak continues. (Source: Bloomberg)
04:49 PM

Sensex falls for 5th day as coronavirus spreads to more countries

Domestic investors have lost Rs 6.3 lakh crore in equity wealth in the last five sessions.
04:46 PM

Has India stumbled upon a chance defence against coronavirus? Nomura economist thinks it has

In an interview, Robert Subbaraman, chief economist at Nomura, said Asia is by far the region most exposed to contracting the virus, but within Asia, India is the least exposed to economic fallout from the coronavirus. Tap to read more.
04:43 PM

Existing antiviral drugs may be key to treating novel coronavirus

Already approved broad-spectrum antiviral drugs may offer a first-line treatment for the novel coronavirus which has so far killed over 2,700 people and infected around 80,000, according to a study unveiled on Thursday. Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) noted that there is no vaccine or cure for the virus in sight. (Source: PTI)
04:27 PM

Norway confirms its first case of coronavirus

The person was tested after returning from one of the areas in China affected by the outbreak, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health said in a separate statement on its website. (Credits: Bloomberg)
04:22 PM

MEA on evacuation of Indians from Wuhan

04:22 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with medical staff as he visits the Pitie-Salpetriere hospital in Paris on February 27, 2020 where the first French victim of COVID-19 passed away the day before.

(Credits: AFP)
French President Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with medical staff as he visits the Pitie-Salpetriere hospital in Paris on February 27, 2020 where the first French victim of COVID-19 passed away the day before.
04:19 PM

Hundreds of Umrah pilgrims piled up at Juanda International Airport in Sidoarjo, Indonesia today after Saudi Arabia suspended visas for visits to Islam's holiest sites for the 'umrah' pilgrimage, an unprecedented move triggered by virus outbreak.

(Credits: AFP)
Hundreds of Umrah pilgrims piled up at Juanda International Airport in Sidoarjo, Indonesia today after Saudi Arabia suspended visas for visits to Islam's holiest sites for the 'umrah' pilgrimage, an unprecedented move triggered by virus outbreak.
04:14 PM

Indonesia says lack of coronavirus cases a blessing from God

Indonesia's health minister defended the country's screening process for coronavirus on Thursday and said the absence of confirmed cases in the world's fourth-most populous nation was a "blessing from the Almighty". The sprawling Southeast Asian country of more than 260 million people has not recorded any cases though some of its citizens overseas have contracted the virus, including eight crew on the Diamond Princess cruise liner off Japan's Yokohama. (Credits: Reuters)
04:12 PM

I’m going to be introducing a plan tomorrow to take every dime that the president is now taking to spend on his racist wall at the southern border and divert it to the coronavirus

- Elizabeth Warren, Senator of Massachusetts, Democratic presidential candidate

04:11 PM

Pakistan screens hundreds of people arriving from Iran for virus

With porous borders, creaking hospitals and large illiterate populations, Pakistan faces a potentially devastating health crisis from the new coronavirus. (Credits: AFP)
04:04 PM

All public health measures should be carried out without discrimination of any kind.

- Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

03:54 PM

It is time to do everything you would do in preparing for a pandemic...we’re still trying to avoid that eventuality and countries are having success in doing that. Let’s focus on what we can do.

- Michael Ryan, executive director of WHO’s emergencies program

03:53 PM

Malaysia announces stimulus package to blunt coronavirus hit

Interim Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Thursday the government will dedicate 20 billion ringgit ($4.8 billion) to support businesses affected by the virus, particularly in the tourism industry. The country may issue bonds for funding if necessary, he said. (Credits: Bloomberg)
03:35 PM

Pakistan shuts schools, suspends Iran flights to curb coronavirus spread

The South Asian nation bordering China and Iran, both of which have been hit hard by the virus, reported its first two cases on Wednesday. Both people had recently travelled to Iran as part of large groups of pilgrims from Pakistan's Shi'ite Muslim community. Health officials have said both were "stable." Authorities shut schools in the southern province of Sindh, including the country's largest city Karachi where the first case was reported, and the southwestern province of Baluchistan, which borders Iran. They also began to trace nearly 8,000 pilgrims who recently returned to the country from Iran. (Credits: Reuters)
03:09 PM

Indian evacuees brought to Delhi at the quarantine facility in Chhawla

02:59 PM

Companies send workers home to ward off virus

From Milan to London, practically every industry is refining their emergency protocols or sending employees home in an attempt to prevent an outbreak. In Italy, which has become a hot spot for the virus, many companies have adopted work-from-home policies in different degrees. But these changes to daily work life have been confined to Europe and Asia. In China, many businesses have come to a halt as the government is working to contain the outbreak. (Credits: NYT)
02:46 PM

A hospital in Shenyang, China uses a patrol robot to indentify and disinfect people who visit the hospital.

(Credits: AFP)
A hospital in Shenyang, China uses a patrol robot to indentify and disinfect people who visit the hospital.
02:45 PM

Two more test postive for virus in England

02:41 PM

Indian nationals who evacuated from onboard Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan being screened as they arrive at Airport in New Delhi on Thursday.

(Credits: ANI)
Indian nationals who evacuated from onboard Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan being screened as they arrive at Airport in New Delhi on Thursday.
02:31 PM

Pakistan confirms first two cases of coronavirus

After two persons returning from Iran tested positive for the deadly coronavirus in Pakistan's largest city Karachi, all educational institutions in Sindh and Balochistan provinces have been closed. On Wednesday, a young man tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Karachi — the first confirmed case in Pakistan. Shortly after, another case was confirmed and both have returned from Iran, Special Advisor on Health Dr Zafar Mirza said. (Credits: PTI)
02:24 PM

S.Korea reports 505 new coronavirus cases, postpones military drill with U.S.

The new cases take total infections to 1,766, the Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (KCDC) said, for the largest daily jump since the first confirmed infection on Jan. 20. South Korea also reported a 13th death. Of the new cases, 422 were in the southeastern city of Daegu, the location of a church at the centre of South Korea's outbreak, the KCDC said in a statement. (Credits: Reuters)
02:21 PM

The most unlikely victim of the virus

Reports of an increase in online searches for “corona beer virus” and “beer coronavirus” show the Mexican beer hasn’t been able to escape the association. The so-called purchase intent among adults in the U.S. has plunged to the lowest in two years, according to data from YouGov Plc. (Credits: Bloomberg) (Photo Credits: Getty Images)
The most unlikely victim of the virus
02:11 PM

Airlines send in world’s strongest disinfectants to fight virus

Qantas Airways Ltd., Korean Air Lines Co. and Singapore Airlines Ltd.’s Scoot unit are among carriers that helped evacuate people from the outbreak’s epicenter, the Chinese city of Wuhan, and from a cruise ship off Japan. They’ve stepped up aircraft-cleaning efforts as a result, trying to ensure that planes used in rescue missions are safe to be put back into commercial use. (Credits: Bloomberg) (Photo credits: AFP)
Airlines send in world’s strongest disinfectants to fight virus
02:06 PM

Anyone breaking Singapore’s virus rules won’t get second chance

Singapore has more than 90 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Recoveries from the virus -- currently at more than 60 -- are outpacing new cases. Singapore’s warnings that it will take strong action against people who break special rules to counter the spread of coronavirus aren’t just empty threats. (Credits: Bloomberg) (Photo credits: AFP)
Anyone breaking Singapore’s virus rules won’t get second chance
01:57 PM

Virus has sweeped the globe, cases now in at least 44 countries

From an evangelical church in South Korea to a holy Shiite city in Iran, Governments around the world are scrambling to contain the coronavirus that is now rapidly spreading. More than 81,000 people have been infected with the virus, and new cases have been documented in every continent except Antarctica. As the fear has spread to the United States, President Trump has shown confidence in the country's ability to prevent a widespread domestic outbreak. (Credits: NYT)
01:45 PM

Estonia reports first confirmed coronavirus case

Estonia has confirmed its first coronavirus case, involving a man who returned from Iran, Estonian health authorities said on Thursday. "We are talking about a permanent resident of Estonia who is not a citizen of Estonia," Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik told public broadcaster ETV. "According to my information, he is a citizen of Iran." (Credits: Reuters)
01:37 PM

Shenzhen prepares ban on eating cats and dogs after outbreak

The southern Chinese technology hub of Shenzhen is moving to outlaw the consumption of dogs and cats as the country clamps down on the wildlife trade that scientists suspect led to the coronavirus outbreak.
01:20 PM

Iran reports 22 dead from among 141 cases of new coronavirus

Experts fear Iran is underreporting the number of cases of the new virus as cases across the wider Persian Gulf have emerged in recent days linked back to the Islamic Republic. (Credits: AP)
01:16 PM

McDonalds workers wear protective suits as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus as they prepare to deliver food to residents in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province.

(Credits: AFP)
McDonalds workers wear protective suits as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus as they prepare to deliver food to residents in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province.
12:50 PM

Saudi Arabia temporarily suspends entry for Umrah amid coronavirus fears

The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement, also imposed restrictions on pilgrims who visit the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah before or after the completion of their religious duties in Makkah, Arab News reported.
12:37 PM

People wearing masks to prevent contracting the coronavirus wait in line to buy masks at a department store in Seoul, South Korea February 27, 2020.

(Credits: Reuters)
People wearing masks to prevent contracting the coronavirus wait in line to buy masks at a department store in Seoul, South Korea February 27, 2020.
12:32 PM

New virus has infected 82,000 globally, caused 2,800 deaths

(Credits: AP)
12:24 PM

Coronavirus aftermath: Tech giant Microsoft financially hit by epidemic, loses out on profits

The US tech giant became the latest global firm to warn of a financial hit from the global outbreak of the disease which has killed thousands worldwide.
12:22 PM

Australian tourism hit by outbreak

While the South Australian Tourism Commission is encouraging tourists to visit the bushfire affected, tourism in Kangaroo Island is being heavily affected by the Coronavirus as it is known to be a popular tourism destination for Chinese tourists. (Credits: Getty)
Australian tourism hit by outbreak
12:13 PM

Japan woman tests positive for virus after 'recovery'

The woman in her 40s was first confirmed as infected with the coronavirus on January 29. She was working as a guide on a tour bus with tourists from Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, in January. The driver of the bus was also diagnosed with the virus. After being discharged from hospital she tested negative for the virus on February 6, although she still had a cough at the time. (Credits: AFP)
12:10 PM

The advice we have received today is...there is every indication that the world will soon enter a pandemic phase of the coronavirus...and as a result we have agreed today and initiated the...coronavirus emergency response plan

- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison

12:09 PM

China city offers $1,400 reward for virus patients who report to authorities

A city in China's Hubei province, the epicentre of the global coronavirus epidemic, will pay residents as much as 10,000 yuan ($1,425.96) if they proactively report symptoms of the illness and it is confirmed after testing.
11:55 AM

I think that there's a chance that it could get worse, a chance it could get fairly substantially worse, but nothing's inevitable

- US President Donald Trump

11:53 AM

Crew leaves Japan virus-hit ship for new quarantine

Crew members from a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship off Japan began leaving the vessel Thursday for a new quarantine on-shore after passengers left the boat, the government said. Those leaving the boat will be placed in medical observation for 14 days at government-designated dormitories before being allowed to leave Japan, they said. (Credits: AFP)
Crew leaves Japan virus-hit ship for new quarantine
11:49 AM

Iraqi health officials and Civil Defense staff wearing protective suits spray disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus in the closed shops, and hotels used by Iranian citizens in Najaf, Iraq.

(Credits: AP)
Iraqi health officials and Civil Defense staff wearing protective suits spray disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus in the closed shops, and hotels used by Iranian citizens in Najaf, Iraq.
11:48 AM

Virus strikes another blow at religious tourism in Iraq

Iraq's vital religious tourism sector was already suffering after months of protests, political turmoil and sanctions hitting pilgrims from neighbouring Iran - then the novel coronavirus arrived. In the southern Shiite holy city of Karbala, hotels have closed and face masks are more common on the street than the full-length black veils worn by female pilgrims. (Credits: AFP)
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