Live updates of the novel coronavirus pandemic. About 75 cases have been confirmed in India so far.
India has reported 75 positive cases of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, with authorities taking emergency measures to contain its spread like shutting down schools, colleges and cinema halls in the national capital and some other places.
The United States on Thursday surpassed 1,600 confirmed or presumptive cases of the coronavirus, and the death toll climbed to 41. Kansas reported its first death Thursday.
Wall Street recorded historic losses as fears intensified over the economic fallout from the pandemic, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling by 10 percent, and the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 both down by 9 percent.
It was the worst point drop ever for the Dow and its worst performance since the market crash in 1987.
The Trump administration announced a series of steps to boost the availability of coronavirus testing, after facing heated, bipartisan criticism. Still, concerns about the pandemic rippled across the globe, as more events were canceled (including the Masters); U.S. schools closed to millions of students; landmarks continued to shutter (the Louvre is among the latest); and a top Australian official tested positive for the virus just days after meeting with U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr in Washington.
In view of the coronavirus situation, JNU has suspended classes until April, IIT Delhi has cancelled all classes with immediate effect and IIM Ahmedabad has cancelled convocation slated for 21 March.
– Jail inmates in Kerala to make masks in the wake of pandemic COVID-19.
– Air India flight to fly back Indians stranded in Milan. There are 200 Indian students in Milan.