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Coronavirus Pandemic Live Updates: Schools, Malls, Theatres To Be Closed Till March 31; Travel Restrictions Tightened As Cases Rise To 114

The global pandemic has now sickened more than 1,62,000 people and left more than 6,000 dead, with thousands of new cases confirmed each day.

Coronavirus Pandemic Live Updates: Schools, Malls, Theatres To Be Closed Till March 31; Travel Restrictions Tightened As Cases Rise To 114
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Coronavirus Pandemic Live Updates: Schools, Malls, Theatres To Be Closed Till March 31; Travel Restrictions Tightened As Cases Rise To 114
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2020-03-16T20:41:00+0530

A total of 114 cases of Coronavirus, including 17 foreign nationals, have been confirmed across India.

Helpline Numbers For Coronavirus In All States, Union Territories Of India

The global pandemic has now sickened more than 1,62,000 people and left more than 6,000 dead, with thousands of new cases confirmed each day. The number of coronavirus cases in India has now risen to 114, with Maharashtra reporting the highest followed by Kerala.

Extending the border restrictions in view of the outbreak, the government has suspended travel and registration of pilgrims to Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara through the corridor from Sunday midnight.

In a video conference of SAARC members, Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed setting up a COVID-19 emergency fund with India committing USD 10 million initially for it, and asserted that the best way to deal with the pandemic was by coming together and not growing apart.

Catch all the latest updates on Coronavirus here: 

8:41 PM: The IMF on Monday called for increased coordinated action to boost confidence and provide stability to the global economy, amidst fast spread of coronavirus that has killed over 6,500 people worldwide and resulted in lockdown-like situations in several countries.

"Many governments have already taken significant steps, with major measures being announced on a daily basis - including yesterday's bold, coordinated moves on monetary policy," International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said in a blog post.

8:31 PM: Malaysia's leader has announced a drastic two-week lockdown in the country following a sharp spike in the number of virus cases.

Prime Minister Muhyiddini Yassin says religious institutions, schools, businesses and government offices will be shut until March 31.

He says travel in and out of the country will be banned.

7:30 PM:  Turkey on Monday suspended collective mosque prayers, including the important Friday prayer, until further notice to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.

"It is necessary to suspend collective prayers at mosques for a period," said Ali Erbas, the head of Turkey's religious affairs authority, Diyanet.

6:54 PM: "Travel of passengers from EU countries, European Free Trade Association, Turkey, the UK to India prohibited from March 18," says Health Ministry.

6:49 PM: Encourage private sector organisations, employers to allow employees to work from home wherever feasible, says Health Ministry.

6:43 PM: "Important measures including the closing of schools, swimming pools, malls, allow employees to work from home, less use of public transport, one meter distance between people should be maintained till March 31," Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry said.

6:39 PM: The Health Ministry encouraged work from home, video conferencing and said unnecessary travel may be avoided; and seminars and conferences may be postponed or held via video conferencing wherever possible.    

6:38 PM: Health Ministry issues advisories in wake of Coronavirus scare, asks people to avoid gatherings and crowds.  

6:34 PM: "Avoid crowds at temples, mosques, churches," says Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

6:28 PM: Bengal civic polls deferred amid coronavirus scare, officials said.

6:23 PM: People undergoing home quarantine for suspected exposure to the novel coronavirus will be stamped on the left hand, the Maharashtra government said on Monday.

6:11 PM: Authorities in Maharashtra, which has registered the highest number of coronavirus positive cases in India, have decided to close Ajanta and Ellora caves near Aurangabad a precautionary measure.

6:07 PM:  Maharashtra has reported another positive case of coronavirus, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state to 39.

6:02 PM:  A combination of two anti-HIV drugs has proved crucial in the treatment of coronavirus positive cases, a senior official of the Rajasthan government said.  

5:43 PM: In an unprecedented move, the Maharashtra government on Monday decided to 'tag' all those people who have been sent to 100 per cent "home quarantine" as positive cases reached 38, here on Monday.

5:42 PM: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday asked district collectors to ensure there is no crowding at religious sites in view of the novel coronavirus threat, though worship there may continue.

5:12 PM: RBI Governor said the virus will impact domestic as well as global growth.

5:07 PM: "Second round of effects of the pandemic could operate through a slowdown in the domestic economic growth & it would obviously be a result of a synchronised slowdown in global growth and as a part of that, the growth momentum in India would also be impacted somewhat," RBI Governor said.

5:01 PM: The entry of devotees into Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai will be closed from Monday evening till further notice.

4:53 PM: Reserve Bank of India on Monday asked all banks and financial institutions to assess the impact on their balance sheet, asset quality, liquidity, among others, in the wake of the potential threat arising out of the spread of coronavirus disease in India.

4:48 PM: Number of coronavirus cases in India rises to 114; one new case each in Ladakh, Odisha, J-K and Kerala, Health Ministry officials said.

4:47 PM: Iranian state TV says the new coronavirus has killed another 129 people, pushing the country's death toll to 853 amid 14,991 confirmed cases.

4:38 PM: Four people have been arrested for allegedly locking up a couple, who were in self-quarantine following the COVID-19 scare, in their flat in an apartment complex here, police said on Monday.

4:16 PM: A 19-year-old man, who returned from Thailand on Monday, was admitted to the isolation ward of a government hospital here with novel coronavirus-like symptoms, a senior official of the state health department said.

3:32 PM: The Meghalaya government has ordered shutdown of schools and colleges and cancellation or postponement of major sports events till March 31 to avoid mass gatherings in view of the novel coronavirus outbreak, a senior minister said.

3:14 PM: One more person, with travel history to Dubai, has been tested positive for Coronavirus. With this, total number of cases has surged to 38 in Maharashtra, Yavatmal District Collector MD Singh said.

3:06 PM: "Bihar government will bear full expenses of treatment of Coronavirus patients in the state," says Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. 

3:03 PM: Pakistan's southern province of Sindh on Monday reported 41 new cases of the novel coronavirus, marking the single largest surge so far that took the number of confirmed cases in the province to 76 and the national tally to 94.

3:01 PM: Budget Session of West Bengal Assembly to be cut short over coronavirus scare, no sittings after Tuesday, said speaker Biman Banerjee.

2:46 PM: Reserve Bank of India governor Shaktikanta Das will hold a press conference at 4 pm on Monday as market mayhem continues due to concerns coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

2:07 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi says there has been a coordinated response to the coronavirus outbreak.

1:49 PM: "Our doctors, nurses, healthcare workers putting great efforts to fight COVID-19; we will cherish their contribution," PM Modi said.

1:44 PM: "No stone being left unturned to ensure people are healthy," says PM Modi on the fight against coronavirus. 

1:38 PM: The administration of Andaman and Nicobar has suspended all activities related to tourism in wake of Coronavirus.

1:35 PM:  "Quarantine facilities have been arranged at three Delhi hotels -- Lemon Tree, Red Fox and IBIS," says Kejriwal.

1:32 PM: Will examine if thermal screening for coronavirus can be done in Delhi Metro as well, says CM Kejriwal.

1:31 PM: Weddings have been excluded so far from restrictions in view of coronavirus but it is advised to consider postponing dates, says Delhi CM. 

1:30 PM: "No religious, social, cultural and political gathering of over 50 people allowed in Delhi till March 31," says Kejriwal.

1:26 PM: Gyms, nightclubs and spas to be closed in Delhi till March 31 in view of COVID-19 outbreak, says CM Arvind Kejriwal.

12:57 PM: Four new cases of novel coronavirus infection have been detected in Maharashtra, taking the state tally to 37 on Monday.

12:46 PM: Srinagar Magistrate orders closure of all gardens and parks in the district in view of Coronavirus Pandemic.  

12:36 PM: The top court also took suo moto cognisance of the conditions in remand homes where juveniles in conflict with the law are lodged.

12:35 PM: SC asks all states and UTs to depute responsible officer on March 23 who could assist the court in the matter. 

12:30 PM: The top court issues notice to DG Prison and chief secretary of all states and UTs, seeks their response by March 20 on steps taken for COVID 19.

12:29 PM: The Supreme Court on Monday took suo moto cognisance of overcrowding and infrastructure of prisons in country in wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

12:20 PM: Bihar Assembly's Budget session has been truncated in view of coronavirus pandemic. "No sittings after today," Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary.

12:16 PM: Cricket boards of Pakistan and Bangladesh have decided to postpone next month's ODI and Test in Karachi.

12:07 PM: Odisha reports first confirmed case of coronavirus as researcher returning from Italy tests positive for COVID-19,  a government spokesperson says.

11:32 AM: A case has been registered against 75 unknown persons and 4 others who gathered at the Cochin International airport on Sunday night for welcoming a reality show contestant. 

11:10 AM: "One more person has been tested positive for Coronavirus in Pimpri-Chinchwad, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 33 in the state," Maharashtra Health Department said.

11:05 AM:  Iraqi authorities have imposed a curfew in several provinces and also suspend flights in a bid to limit the spread of the coronavirus, which has claimed the lives of nine people in the country.

11:05 AM: Lawyers, litigants, journalists are being thermal screened at the Supreme Court.

9:01AM: Italy Records 368 Deaths In One Day | Coronavirus-battered Italy has reported 368 more coronavirus deaths on Sunday, a new one-day "record". The northern region of Lombardy - the country's worst-affected - accounted for 252 of the fatalities.

8:59AM: 53 More Indians Evacuated From Iran | Fifty-three Indian nationals evacuated from the Iranian cities of Tehran and Shiraz were moved to the Army Wellness Centre in Rajasthan's Jaisalmer upon their arrival in the state.

8:57AM: US Moves Nearer To Shutdown Amid Fears | Officials across USA curtailed many elements of American life to fight the coronavirus outbreak on Sunday, with health officials recommending that groups of 50 or more don't get together and a government expert saying a 14-day national shutdown may be needed. Governors and mayors were also closing restaurants, bars, and schools as the nation sank deeper into chaos over the crisis. 

8:55AM: Coronavirus Death Toll Surges Past 3,200 In China | The death toll due to the COVID-19 outbreak in China has risen to 3,213, authorities said, while the number of confirmed cases in the Asian country has surged to 80,860.

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