The United States this morning also suspended all travel from Europe for the next 30 days. (File)
India on Wednesday suspended all visas till April 15 amid a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the last two weeks. Sixty-seven people in India have tested positive for the illness, which has spread to over 100 countries, killed over 4,5000, and a major chunk of them are tourists from Italy.
A government communique said all incoming travellers, including Indian nationals from COVID-19 nations – China Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain and Germany — after February 15, shall be quarantined for a minimum of 14 days.
The developments came as the World Health Organisation on Wednesday declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic, meaning a disease that has spread worldwide and affected huge number of people. In a series of tweets, the WHO said it was "deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity (of the virus), and by the alarming levels of inaction".
The United States this morning also suspended all travel from Europe for the next 30 days, except the United Kingdom.
Here are the Updates on Coronavirus Outbreak:
Mar 12, 2020 08:26 (IST) Air India Announces Suspension Of Flights To 3 Cities Amid Coronavirus Scare
National carrier Air India on Wednesday night announced a temporary suspension of its flight services to Rome, Milan and Seoul.
While services to Rome (Italy) are being discontinued from March 15 to March 25, flight operations to Milan (Italy) and Seoul in South Korea will remain suspended between March 14 and March 28, an airline official said.
Mar 12, 2020 08:14 (IST)World Health Organisation Has Declared The Novel Coronavirus A Pandemic
Novel coronavirus, which has killed around 4,300 people across the world, can be characterised as a "pandemic", the World Health Organization has announced.
"WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction. We have therefore made the assessment that COVID19 can be characterized as a pandemic," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom said at a press conference.Mar 12, 2020 08:11 (IST)
- The government has suspended all visas to India as the cases of coronavirus in the country sharply spiked and the World Health Organisation declared it a pandemic.
- Altogether, 67 people in India are infected, a chunk of them are a group of tourists from Italy.
- The Union health ministry said all existing visas — except diplomatic, official, UN/International organisations, employment and project visas — will be suspended till April 15.