PM Modi tweets on coronavirus, says no need to panic


India has stepped up preparedness in anticipation of cluster cases after the two fresh cases of the coronavirus, which has been named SARS-Cov-2, with the disease it causes being called Covid-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO).

India has also intensified medical screening a day after two more positive cases of coronavirus were reported in the country.

The government has said all visas—regular and e-visa—issued to nationals of Italy, Iran, South Korea and Japan on or before Tuesday have been suspended.

It also said that the visa suspension for Chinese nationals on or before February 5 will remain in force. The visas of all the other foreign nationals issued on or after February 1, and who are in countries affected by coronavirus, have been suspended.

New cases

A case of coronavirus was detected in Delhi, the government said on Monday, even as another case in Hyderabad took the number of reported infections in the country to five amid a global alarm over the outbreak that has rapidly spread from China to more than 60 countries and claimed more than 3000 lives.

Three people were previously diagnosed in Kerala with the disease, but they have been discharged from hospitals after recovering from the infection.

private school in Noida declared a three-day closure after it emerged that the children of the Delhi man, who tested positive for coronavirus, study in the school. Another school in the area also said that it will remain shut till March 9.

The person from Delhi recently travelled to Italy, while the patient from Hyderabad has travel history from Dubai, the health and family welfare ministry said.

They are stable and being closely monitored, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said.

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