Corona Virus has been spreading rapidly across the world, affecting more than 150 countries and claiming more than 10,000 lives.
There are now more than 2450,000 confirmed cases – most outside China where the virus originated. Europe is at the centre of the crisis, with cases and deaths rising in several countries.
Coronavirus Latest News: With several new cases of Coronavirus being reported from across the country, several cities have announced virtual lockdown to stop the spread of the deadly infection. Metro services in Delhi, Metro, Bengaluru will not be available on Sunday, March 22 – the day PM Modi has called for Janata Curfew. Jaipur Metro has stopped services till Sunday with immediate effect. The Maharashtra government on Thursday announced closure of offices and shops in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur till March 31. Shops selling essential commodities will only remain open in these cities. The number of Coronavirus case continues to jump in India as the government has stepped up preventive measures to prevent the virus from creating more damage to the Indian economy and society. As of today, there are as many as 242 cases reported in the country out of which 32 are foreign nationals while the rest of them are Indians. Indian health officials and doctors have been able to cure 19 people who were infected with the COVID-19 but could not save the lives of 4 people.
Prime Minister Modi on Thursday addressed the nation in a bid to bring calmness to the people of India amid the increasing rage from the Coronavirus. He urged the countrymen to go for a self-imposed curfew- Janata Curfew to bring about isolation in our society, which is very much essential part of containment against the Coronavirus.
The government has also announced that no commercial international flights will be allowed to land in India from Sunday, March 22 for a week as cases of Coronavirus continue to rise in the country.
In developments today, the University Grants Council (UGC) asked universities to postpone exams till March 31. Also, CBSE, ICSE board class 10,12 exams have been postponed till March 31. In view of the COVID-19 outbreak, Sebi has given a 45-day extension to companies for filing Q4 results — this is a month-long grace for filing FY20 results due to coronavirus pandemic.
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The virus outbreak is a global pandemic
The rise in the number of daily confirmed cases internationally has led the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the spread of coronavirus a global pandemic.
This is when an infectious disease is passing easily from person to person in many parts of the world at the same time.