The Novel Coronavirus is highly contagious; it was first detected in China's Wuhan
An employee of a leather manufacturing factory in Noida, near Delhi, has been infected with the highly contagious Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19, a medical officer in Uttar Pradesh has said. The factory has been fumigated and sanitised and all the employees numbering around 700 have been kept under home quarantine, officials have said.
The patient, 46, a resident of Delhi, had been to Switzerland and Italy, where the virus outbreak is extremely severe with one-third of the population under lockdown. He has been admitted to Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi and his condition is stable, UP chief medical officer Anurag Bhargav said.
The total number of people infected with coronavirus has climbed to 78 in India.
The government has suspended all non-essential visas to India till April 15 to minimise the risk of the coronavirus from spreading fast.
People have been asked not to attend large gatherings, where chances of contracting the virus are very high.
The Delhi government has banned gatherings of over 200 people at sporting activities, including Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket matches, and events like conferences until further notice "for the purpose of prevention and control of the outbreak of the epidemic disease, COVID-19".
"Thousands will come for these events, from all over. There is no way to know who is coming, where they are coming from and no way to control their arrival. It takes only one person to spread this disease, to be a carrier," Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told reporters this morning.
The financial markets in India and other nations have been hit badly by slowdown in trade due to the coronavirus, as firms scale down production and airlines cancel flights.