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Confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 166 in the country; New cases recorded in Maharashtra & Karnataka; A coronavirus patient commits suicide by jumping down from 7th floor in a Delhi hospital

by Raju Vernekar
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IT News
Mumbai March 19

While the novel coronavirus (Covid 19) has claimed three lives in the country so far, the number of affected persons reached 166, with 3 new cases in Maharashtra and 2 cases Bangalore (Karnataka) recorded till Thursday evening.
The Union Health Ministry gave break up as: confirmed cases in India-126, foreigners-25, cured- 14 and death-3. New patients in Maharashtra were-Mumbai-1, Pimpri-Chinchwad-1, Ratnagiri-1=total 45.
In Bengaluru a 56-year old man who had returned to India from the US on 6 March tested positive, while a 25 years old woman with a travel history to Spain also tested positive on Wednesday, thus taking the tally of infected persons in Karnataka to 13.
The country wide confirmed cases included Maharashtra-42, Kerala with 27, Haryana -17 (Basically foreign tourists and their Indian driver detected in Jaipur, Rajasthan, now admitted to Medanta Hospital, Haryana), Uttar Pradesh-16, Karnataka-11,), Delhi-10 and Ladakh 8, Telengana-6, Rajasthan-4, J & K-3, Andhra Pradesh -1, Odisha-1, Pondichery-1,, Punjab-1,Tamil Nadu-1, Uttarakhand-1, West Bengal-1.
A 35 year old patient Tanveer Singh who had returned from Sydney (Australia) and was admitted to Safdarjung Hospital on Wednesday, jumped down from 7 th floor of the hospital and ended his life.
In another development four Germany-returned passengers, with ‘home quarantine’ stamp on their hands, travelling to Surat in Gujarat, were de-boarded on suspicion, from the Bandra Terminus-Delhi Garibrath Express train, after the train was made to take a special halt at Palghar (near Mumbai) on Wednesday. They were allowed to proceed after it was proved that all the four of them had tested negative on arrival at the Mumbai airport. Their names were given as Hiren Dankra, Tarang Gadia, Gaurav Kapadia and Jayesh Hadia.
In yet another development, two doctors were booked by the Palghar police for canvassing medicines to cure coronavirus. Dr. Subhashchandra Yadav(39) located at Nalasopara East had placed a bill board “ Coronavirus antidote available for Rs 100 per dose. Another Dr Sarwar R Khan, located at Valiv in Vasai East displayed a board that “prevention is better than cure, Corona flue preventive medicine available here”. Both of them were booked under section  188 of IPC  and section 51 (B) Disaster Management Act 2005.
In Mumbai, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday directed private firms to run their offices with 50 per cent staff or else face strict action. Most of the Hindu shrines, gardens and parks in Maharashtra, including Mumbai, remained out of bounds for people.
Similarly the 10 th and 12 th exams of CBSE, which were scheduled from 19 March, till 31 March 2020 were postponed and will be held after 31 March.
In the meanwhile a health advisory issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stipulated a compulsory quarantine for 14 days, for passengers coming from/transiting through Qatar, Oman and Kuwait in addition to China, Iran and Republic of Korea. Similarly, the travel of passengers from member countries of the European Union, the European Free Trade Association, Turkey and UK to India was prohibited. No airlines shall board a passenger from these nations to India. Travel of passengers from Afghanistan, Philippines and Malaysia to India has also been prohibited with immediate effect. No flights shall take off from these countries to India.

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