An employee of payments firm Paytm has tested positive for coronavirus. (File)
India is responding to the novel Coronavirus outbreak in full force. The government has asked people who show symptoms of the coronavirus to either stay in isolation or contact health professionals for quarantine. An employee of payments firm Paytm has tested positive for coronavirus, pushing the e-wallet company to shut its Gurgaon office for two days. This is the 29th case that tested positive in India.
The figures took a leap after a group of 15 Italian tourists tested positive for the disease over the last 24 hours. An Indian driver, who was travelling with them, has also tested positive. The government on Wednesday said it has started screening passengers on all incoming flights from abroad.
Here are the LIVE updates on Coronavirus outbreak:
Mar 05, 2020 11:36 (IST) The Indian Embassy and officials are in regular contact with the Indian community in China and is keeping a constant track of their well-being, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan says in Rajya Sabha.Mar 05, 2020 11:21 (IST)Reviewing the situation daily: Health Minister
"I am daily reviewing the situation. A group of ministers is also monitoring the situation," says Harsh Vardhan.
"As on March 4, a total of 28,529 people were brought under community surveillance and are being monitored."Mar 05, 2020 11:18 (IST)Union health minister Harsh Vardhan says Indians are advised not to travel to China, Iran, Republic of Korea, and other affected countries.
"Directions have been issued for universal screening of all international passengers. Sign boards have been placed and in-flight announcements are being made," he says.
Mar 05, 2020 11:13 (IST)WHO has asked the countries to remain prepared: Health Minister
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan talks about coronavirus in the parliament.
"WHO has asked the countries to remain prepared… A total of 29 cases were reported in India till March 4."
"India initiated required preparedness and action since January 17, much before the advice of the WHO," he adds.Mar 05, 2020 11:06 (IST)Paytm asks staff to work from home
Paytm, in a statement, said the coronavirus-infected staffer has recently returned from Italy, the worst-hit nation in Europe. The company has advised its employees to work from home for the next two days, the statement added.Mar 05, 2020 11:06 (IST)Lufthansa grounds 150 aircraft
On Wednesday, German airline Lufthansa decided to ground 150 of its 750 aircraft and slash its flight plan by 25 per cent.Mar 05, 2020 11:05 (IST)Passengers of international flights to undergo screening
All passengers of international flights will have to undergo screening, and not just from the 12 countries listed earlier, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said.
More than 5 lakh people have already been screened. Elsewhere, the outbreak continues unabated.