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Coronavirus - COVID-19 outbreak 

What is coronavirus 

Coronavirus are a large family of viruses that range from common cold to much more serious diseases. These diseases can infect both humans and animals. Symptoms of a coronavirus infection range in severity from respiratory problems to cases of pneumonia, kidney failure and a buildup of fluid in the lungs. The disease can spread through coughing and sneezing, personal contact with an infected person, touching an infected surface and then the mouth, nose or eyes, and, in rare cases, through fecal contamination.

To protect against coronavirus, the CDC recommends basic hygiene techniques for respiratory viruses such as constantly washing hands, staying hydrated, avoiding contact with one’s face or anyone who’s sick, sanitizing surfaces, and coughing into one’s arm or a tissue. If there’s a fear of animal transmission, CDC officials urge people to wash hands after contact with animals and thoroughly cook any meat before consumption – Washington Post.
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4th March 2020

Saudis suspend Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca

Saudi Arabia has suspended the year-round “umrah” pilgrimage to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina over coronavirus fears, the Interior Ministry said. (Umrah is the year-round pilgrimage taken to Mecca, while Hajj is taken during the prescribed period in a year.)

The decision comes after Saudi Arabia last week suspended visas for the pilgrimage and barred citizens from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council from entering two of Islam's holiest cities. — AFP

Italy to shut down schools across the country

Italy is closing all schools and universities from Thursday until mid-March to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, Ansa and other Italian news agencies cited government sources as saying.

The measure was one of several being considered by the government at a meeting on Wednesday to combat COVID-19, which has killed 79 people in Italy and infected more than 2,500, the most in Europe.

3rd March 2020

WHO says the world has entered unchartered territory as US virus toll rises – The world has entered unchartered territory in its battle against the deadly coronavirus, the UN health agency warned, as new infections dropped dramatically in China but surged abroad with the US death toll rising to six.

As the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus see a surge across the globe, Germany’s interior minister refused to shake hands with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s fearing the spread of the infection.

Coronavirus update 1st March 2020

South Korea reports 376 more coronavirus cases – total 3536 – Times of India

President Moon Jae-in said the government was waging “all-out responses” to contain the novel coronavirus as the country reported 376 new cases, taking the total to 3526. South Korea has the largest national total in the world outside China.

India temporarily suspends visa on arrival for Japanese, South Korean nationals – Economic Times

India has temporarily suspended visa on arrival services for nationals of Japan and South Korea in view of the surge in the number of coronavirus cases in the two countries. The development comes a day after India evacuated 119 Indians and 5 foreigners who were on board the coronavirus-hit cruise ship, Diamond Princess, moored off the Japanese coast.

Washington state declares emergency after 1st Virus death in US – Livemint

The governor of Washington declared a state of emergency Saturday after a man died there of coronavirus (COVID-19), the first such reported death in the United States. More than 50 people in a nursing facility are sick and being tested for the virus.

Coronavirus update 29th Feb 2020

Qatar confirms first coronavirus case

Qatar has confirmed its first case of coronavirus. “This had been expected because of the virus’s spread across the region and other countries, alongside the exponential increase in the number of cases,” the Qatar health ministry stated.

Quarantining Japan cruise ship passengers led to more coronavirus case – Hindustan Times

Passengers who showed signs of illness were separated from other passengers on board. When the quarantine in Yokohama was removed and passengers could finally disembark, a total of 619 passengers had been infected by the coronavirus.

Experts question delayed action as death toll in China’s coronavirus climbs to over 2780 – Economic Times India

Forty four more people have died of the novel coronavirus in China, taking the death toll in the outbreak to 2788, Chinese health officials said on Friday, amid growing criticism from experts and the public that the epidemic would have been less severe if the authorities acted when the first confirmed case was reported in December 2019.

Iran reports 9 new Coronavirus deaths. Toll rises to 43, with 593 infected – Hindustan Times

Iran has the highest death toll outside China. The government has ordered the shutting of schools until Tuesday, extended the closure of Universities and a ban on concerts and sports events for a week.

Coronavirus spread puts densely populated India on high alert – Economic Times India

As the Novel Coronavirus spreads from China around the globe, India appears especially at risk because of its dense population, patchy health care system and high rate of migration. The nation has confirmed just three cases while the Indian government says 23,531 people are under observation.