India Coronavirus Count: The total number of Coronavirus cases rose to 151 in India as on Tuesday.
The total number of Coronavirus cases rose to 151 in India on Wednesday. A woman died in Maharashtra on Tuesday, taking the total number of deaths in India to three. Maharashtra has reported maximum cases of the highly contagious illness in India. The Coronavirus or COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation. As the total number of infected people reached 151, the government has stopped incoming travel from a number of nations, including the European Union, Malaysia, Philippines and Afghanistan.
Here are the Highlights on the Coronavirus Outbreak:
Pakistan confirms country's first coronavirus death
Pakistani officials announced Wednesday the country's first confirmed fatality due to the novel coronavirus, after a 50-year-old man died in the north of the country.
Taimur Saleem Jhagra, the health minister for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, told AFP the man died in a hospital in Mardan district near Peshawar after visiting Saudi Arabia earlier this month.
"It's the first death from coronavirus in (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) and sadly in the country too," Jhagra said, noting that the patient's family had been placed in quarantine.
Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter scales back wedding plans over coronavirus
Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter Princess Beatrice is scaling back her wedding plans and cancelling a planned reception due to be held in the gardens at Buckingham Palace in May because of coronavirus, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported.
Beatrice is due to marry her fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at London's St James's Palace on May 29, and the queen was then to give a private reception in the gardens of Buckingham Palace
Advise people to minimise travel by buses to curb COVID-19 spread: Transport Ministry tells States, UTs
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on Wednesday written to transport department of states and union territories, directing them to advise public to minimise travel by buses in a bid to contain the coronavirus spread.
In a letter written to all states and union territories, the ministry has advised them to step up efforts and fully mobilise all resources in preparedness control and containment measures.
"To minimise travel numbers, public may be advised through appropriate means to avoid the same if it is not unavoidable and a facility of extending refund be considered where passengers have done their bookings," the Ministry advised the states and union territories.
29 quarantined in Madhya Pradesh test negative for COVID-19
At least 29 persons, who were quarantined for suspected exposure to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), have tested negative for the infection in Madhya Pradesh, a senior official said on Wednesday.
As many as 11,685 persons with travel history to coronavirus-affected countries have been screened in the state, additional director of the health department Dr Veena Sinha said.
Of these, 510 persons are under home quarantine at present, while the 14-day observation period of 375 others has come to an end, she said.
Chinese PM pledges two million anti-virus masks to EU
The EU Commission chief said Wednesday that China will send Europe 50,000 coronavirus testing kits and two million surgical masks, as the continent battles to contain the pandemic.
In a phone conversation, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said China was also ready to provide 200,000 respirator masks for more serious cases, Ursula von der Leyen said in a video statement.
"We are ramping up our production, we are converting our production lines, but this needs several weeks, and in the meantime we are grateful for the support from China," she said.
"China has not forgotten that in January, when China was the centre of the virus outbreak, the EU helped," she underlined.
AAP asks Centre to give financial help to Delhi traders hit due to coronavirus
An AAP member of Rajya Sabha on Wednesday requested the Centre to provide fiscal stimulus to micro and small traders in the national capital to prevent them from shutting as the coronavirus scare spreads.
Raising the issue during a discussion on working of the MSME Ministry in the Upper House of Parliament, AAP leader Sushil Kumar Gupta said businessmen in Delhi were already affected due to ceiling and demonetisation, and the current outbreak of coronavirus has further impacted them.
He urged Union Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Minister Nitin Gadkari to instill confidence in businessmen and shopkeepers in the current situation.
"I request Gadkari to support trade and industry players to ensure their units do not shut down due to coronavirus. Right now, the government should come forward and provide financial help to protect the industry," Gupta said.
Delhi govt orders six hospitals to start collecting samples for coronavirus test
The Delhi government on Wednesday ordered its six hospitals to start collecting samples for coronavirus test with immediate effect, officials said.
The total number of coronavirus cases in Delhi has risen to 10, which includes one foreign national, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.
The six hospitals are --
- Rajiv Gandhi Super specialty Hospital
- Lok Nayak Hospital
- Deendayal Upadhyay Hospital
- Babasaheb Ambedkar Hospital
- Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital
- Janakpuri Superspecialty Hospital
The order also said if needed a hospital may procure VTMs (viral transport media) at their own level.
Hospitals which do not have facilities for isolation beds would need to transfer the VTMs kits to these six hospitals, it said.
In last phase of evacuation, special Indigo flight airlifts 185 Indian pilgrims from Jeddah
A special Indigo flight airlifted 185 Indians from Jeddah, completing the process of evacuating pilgrims from the Middle Eastern country.
"With the departure of 185 pilgrims from Jeddah to Mumbai through a special Indigo aircraft, the final phase of the evacuation of 3035 Indian pilgrims culminated today," Indian Consulate General in Jeddah said on Twitter.
The Consulate also thanked the Indigo airline, Saudi government and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar for "their timely support" in evacuating the Indian pilgrims.
Army chief visits Jaisalmer wellness centre for coronavirus
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General M.M. Naravane has reviewed the army wellness centre, set up at Jaisalmer to facilitate the fight against Covid-19, during his two-day visit of the Jaisalmer Military Station, starting Tuesday.
General Naravane was accompanied by Lieutenant General C.P. Mohanty, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command, said Col Sombit Ghosh, PRO Defence Rajasthan, here on Wednesday.
Evacuated from Iran, 118 men and 171 women are being kept in isolation at this facility, which is equipped with all facilities to make their stay comfortable.
Coronavirus scare: South Korean quarantined in Assam hotel
A South Korean has been quarantined in his hotel room in Assam's Dhemaji district in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak, officials said on Wednesday.
The South Korean had come to Dhemaji town on March 11 to inaugurate a Korean therapy centre, district officials said.
His swab and blood samples have been sent for test, they said.
On the other hand, Excise Minister Parimal Suklabaidya has ordered the closure of all IMFL ''ON'' shops -- where one can buy and consume liquor -- till March 31 as a precautionary measure, officials said.
195 Indians brought back from coronavirus-hit Iran, kept at Army facility in Jaisalmer
A batch of 195 Indians stranded in the coronavirus-hit Iran was brought back by a special plane on Wednesday evening, an official said here.
They landed at Rajasthan's Jaisalmer airport and were shifted to an Army's wellness facility after screening, defence spokesperson Col Sombit Ghosh said.
Par panel on COVID-19 slams Railways, praises Air India; bats for special package for tourism sector
A parliamentary standing committee slammed the railway ministry for its "unpreparedness" to tackle COVID-19, while praised Air India for its evacuation of Indians from abroad in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
The crucial meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture was held two weeks after one of its members demanded an emergency meeting over the issue.
The meeting which was attended by 20 MPs slammed the Chairman Railway Board VK Yadav for being "unprepared" and said he made a "shoddy presentation", some members who attended the meeting said.
"While the aviation and tourism officials came with presentations with slides, Chairman Railway Board did not. He just read out from some papers he was carrying. He was unprepared and made a shoddy presentation," said an MP.
US closing Canada border to 'non-essential' traffic, but not trade: Trump
President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced the closure of the US-Canada border, though underlining that trade will not be impacted.
The shutdown builds on Trump's barring of visitors from most of Europe, China and other parts of the world hit by coronavirus.
"We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic. Trade will not be affected. Details to follow!" Trump tweeted.
Singapore reports 47 new virus cases, to impose self-quarantine on all entering city-state
Singapore's health ministry said it will impose self-quarantine measures for 14 days on anyone entering the city-state, expanding its fight against the coronavirus as its count of the infection spiked mainly because of imported cases
Singapore confirmed 47 new infections on Wednesday, in its biggest daily jump, taking its tally to 313
District Magistrate orders suspension of activities to implement social distancing in Gurugram
District Magistrate Amit Khatri has ordered the suspension of activities at various places in the city till March 31 to implement social distancing in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The places include - night clubs, shopping malls, bars, cinema halls, weekly markets. The order also says that not more than 50 people should congregate at a specific place for a social gathering.
The restaurants have been advised not to have more than 50 seats.
The saloons and parlors have been directed to sanitise their facilities at regular intervals. The cab operators have also been directed to sanitise their cabs frequently.
Delhi malls wear deserted look amid coronavirus pandemic
Deserted restaurants, empty showrooms and closed multiplexes, malls in the national capital amid coronavirus outbreak are a pale shadow of their former bustling selves.
Be it South Delhi's posh Select City Walk mall, its neighbour and newly-renovated DLF Avenue Mall or West Delhi's favourite go-to destination Pacific Mall, all have been at the receiving end of the coronavirus pandemic, witnessing over "50 per cent" decline in the footfalls so far.
"The fear of the novel coronavirus outbreak has resulted into 60 per cent less footfall in the mall. Shutting down of theatres is also the reason behind the sharp decline I guess," said Ankit Seth, Manager, Bath & Body Works at Select City mall.
Coronavirus outbreak: Kolkata schools switch to e-classes to complete syllabi
With the West Bengal government extending the closure of educational institutes till April 15 in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak, several schools in the city have decided to conduct online classes to complete their syllabi on time.
The principal of Ram Mohan Mission School, Sujoy Biswas told PTI on Wednesday that the institute will conduct classes over Skype.
"Teachers will give lectures over Skype and students will submit their homework through portals," he said.
A spokesperson of the Heritage School said the teachers will hold online classes to cope with the loss of time.
"Teachers will share study materials and conduct tests through the internet," the spokesperson said.
Coronavirus: Vistara suspends international flights from March 20 to March 31
Vistara on Wednesday said it is temporarily suspending its international flights from March 20 to March 31 due to unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The full-service carrier has also "temporarily adjusted" its domestic flights for March and April, its spokesperson said.
"The airline will continue to monitor the evolving situation and may make further capacity adjustments, if required," he said.
Total 151 people have been infected due to the novel coronavirus in India as yet, according to Union health ministry.
Delhi LG Anil Baijal, CM discuss measures to contain spread of coronavirus
Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Wednesday discussed with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal measures to contain the spread of coronavirus in the national capital.
The LG Anil Baijal will meet the chief minister and senior officers on Thursday to review the status and take further steps to tackle the emerging coronavirus situation.
"Discussed measures to contain Covid-19 outbreak with Hon'ble CM, Delhi Arvind Kejriwal. Deliberated social distancing measures which can be encouraged in government offices, public transport, public places & in general," Mr Baijal tweeted.
In another tweeted, he said,"Meeting with Hon'ble CM and senior officers to be held tomorrow to review the status and take further measures."
Gurgaon Closes All Malls, Cinemas Till March 31 Over Coronavirus Outbreak
The Gurgaon administration has closed asked all malls, theatres, night clubs and gyms to remained closed till March 31 over the coronavirus outbreak that has affected over 150 people in India and killed three
Emirates asks pilots to take unpaid leave, Qatar Airway lays off staff
Middle East airline Qatar Airways laid off about 200 Filipino staff in Doha this week and rival Emirates asked pilots to take unpaid leave as the coronavirus outbreak hammers demand for travel.
The state-owned airlines have had to slash dozens of flights, which are crucial for their Gulf hubs that millions of passengers pass through each year.
Philippine Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello told Reuters on Wednesday that the government was trying to ascertain the "real cause" behind the unexpected decision to lay off the workers Qatar Airways did not respond to an emailed request for comment.
The layoffs were reported earlier by ABS-CBN.
81 passengers of Srinagar-bound AI flight quarantined
Eighty-one passengers of an Air India Leh-Srinagar flight were quarantined on their arrival here on Wednesday, officials said. The flight was then diverted back to Leh where it dropped the remaining 25 passengers, they said.
"A Srinagar-bound Air India flight was returned this morning. Eighty-one passengers have been quarantined in Srinagar, while 25 were de-boarded in Leh," Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary said.
The officer said all passengers arriving from Leh at Srinagar airport will have to undergo mandatory quarantine.
Tamil Nadu reports second COVID-19 case
The second coronavirus case in Tamil Nadu was reported on Wednesday with a patient hailing from Delhi testing positive for the infection, state Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar said.
"Chennai reports the second positive case for #Covid19. The patient hails from New Delhi, is in isolation and stable under the observation of the expert team treating #Covid19," the Minister said in a social media post.
Close all Delhi govt offices for seven days, employee association to CM Kejriwal
A Delhi government employee association on Wednesday met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and demanded closure of all government offices for a week in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
Umesh Batra, general secretary of the Delhi government Welfare Association, said around 2.5 lakh people are employed with the Delhi government and most of them are engaged in public dealings. In its memorandum, the association said, "The precaution taken by the Maharashtra government should be adopted by the Delhi government by closing all its offices for seven days."
Batra said the association has requested the chief minister that if the government is not interested in closing all offices, it can allow some public offices to function on alternative days. "We have given a list of 86 departments which can be fully closed while 68 government offices can be allowed to function on alternate days," he said.
All shopping malls, gyms, spas and swimming pools to be shut in Bihar till March 31
Coronavirus cases in Pakistan rise to 250
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Pakistan on Wednesday rose to 250 as fresh cases emerged in Sindh, Islamabad and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces with majority of them linked to pilgrims coming from Iran.
Four new cases emerged in Islamabad, nine new cases in Sindh while the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government reported three new cases.
The Sindh province is the worst-hit with 181 cases, followed by 26 in Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa reported 19 cases, Islamabad eight, Gilgit-Baltistan three, the Express Tribune reported.
The Balochistan government's tally of total cases stands at 16 as opposed to federal government's 15.
Combating COVID-19: Nepal shuts cinema halls, cultural centres, other public places till April 30
The Government of Nepal on Wednesday announced the closure of cinema halls, cultural centres, stadium, sports grounds, health clubs, museums, swimming pools and other places of recreational activities, till April 30 in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.
The government has also set up a helpline to address queries about coronavirus and share information on the developing situation of the infection in the country.
Leh flight diverted back after passengers refuse to be quarantined
Passengers of an Air India flight from Leh to Srinagar, the passengers of which refused to undergo the mandatory 14-day long quarantine period, was diverted overhead to Leh airport on Wednesday.
Sources here told IANS, the Air India flight carrying 106 passengers from Leh to Srinagar International Airport was diverted back to Leh after some of its passengers refused to undergo the mandatory quarantine period.
"The flight was diverted overhead without landing at Srinagar airport after many passengers among the 106 on board refused to be quarantined.
"The flight landed at Leh from where it carried back only 77 such passengers who agreed to be quarantined in Srinagar.
"The remaining 29 disembarked at Leh airport," sources told IANS.
UAE bars entry to visitors, Saudi Arabia limits private sector work
The United Arab Emirates said on Wednesday it would bar entry to foreigners apart from diplomats and residents, while Saudi Arabia included most of its private sector in a work suspension to battle the spread of the coronavirus in the Gulf region.
Kuwait recorded 12 more cases on Wednesday, including six Kuwaitis, an American resident and a Spanish resident who had all been to Britain
This took the total number of infections in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council to more than 1,100.
The UAE, a major air transit centre and the region's tourism and business hub, said it would suspend the issuance of visas on arrival from Thursday until further notice
Don't travel to neighbouring states unless necessary, Tamil Nadu Health Minister to people
Tamil Nadu Health and Family Welfare Minister C Vijaya Baskar on Wednesday appealed to people not to take up travel to neighbouring states unless necessary as part of measures to control the spread of coronavirus.
He said the department was having more than five lakh masks and an additional 25 lakh masks were in pipeline.
After jointly reviewing the measures taken at a government bus terminus along with his cabinet colleague and transport minister M R Vijayabhaskar, he said there was no necessity to wear the masks at this point of time.
"If you look at us I am not wearing a mask nor the Minister (M R Vijayabhaskar) or any of us because the situation does not require it. However, people can cooperate by not taking up journeys unless necessary," he told reporters.
COVID-19: East Central Railways (ECR) witnesses decline in passengers, earnings, says CPRO
The Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of East-Central Railways Rajesh Kumar has said that it has witnessed a decline in the number of passengers due to the coronavirus outbreak.
"It has affected travellers as well. There has been a decline of 13 percent in the number of passengers. The earnings have come down to 12.69 percent from March 1 to March 15," he told ANI on Tuesday.
Various zones of the Railways, including Central and South Central Railways, have to cancel the trains to check the spread of the virus. Recently, the Railways Minister Piyush Goyal reviewed the progress of the preparedness by Indian Railways.
Pope urges hugs, phone calls to fight off isolation
Pope Francis stressed Wednesday the importance of families and friends making small gestures such as hugs and phone calls during times of isolation in a pandemic.
"We must rediscover the concrete nature of small things, of making small gestures toward those around us -- family, friends," the 83-year-old pontiff told the La Repubblica newspaper.
"They are gestures of tenderness, of affection, of compassion, which are nonetheless decisive and important -- for example, a hot dish, a caress, a hug, a phone call."
COVID-19 scare: Puri administration asks tourists to vacate hotels in 2 days
The district administration of the pilgrim town of Puri on Wednesday has asked tourists to vacate hotel rooms within two days in view of the preventive measures put in place by the Odisha government over novel coronavirus, a senior official said.
Hotels and lodges have been directed not to make fresh bookings till March 31, he said.
"We have asked hotel owners to make the visitors understand the present situation and request them to leave Puri," said additional district magistrate, Puri, Bijay Kumar Dash.
Popular tourist sites of the state, including the Konark Sun Temple, had already been closed for visitors as a precautionary measure.
"The hotel owners were told to ensure that all rooms should be vacated within two days," said assistant tourist officer, Puri, Bijay Kumar Jena.
Russia to limit flights to UK, U.S. and UAE starting March 20
Russia will introduce temporary restrictions on flights to Britain, the United States and the United Arab Emirates starting on Friday in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the Russian government ordered on Wednesday
Checking flu symptoms to banning non-essential travel, Army takes precautions to combat COVID-19
From checking flu symptoms among soldiers on their return from leave to cancelling non-essential travel and conference, the Army on Wednesday said it has taken a series of precautionary measures to prevent the coronavirus spread among the forces.
- It has also stopped the recruitment drives across the country, including the Service Selection Board (SSB) exams, officials said.
- At some locations, they said, the Army has also placed soldiers under quarantine after their return from leave. At other locations, it is checking symptoms of flu among soldiers after resuming of work.
- It has also asked its personnel to avoid non-essential travel.
- The Air Force too has announced postponement of the Air Force exams which was scheduled later this week.
Malaysia reports 117 new coronavirus cases
Malaysia reported 117 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 790.
The health ministry said 80 of the new cases were linked to a gathering of 16,000 at a mosque near Kuala Lumpur.
Delhi Zoo Closed Till March 31
The Delhi Zoo administration on Wednesday shut the zoological party till March 31 in view of the coronavirus outbreak.
Delhi Zoo Director Suneesh Buxy said directions have been issued to close down the zoo, which witnesses a high number of visitors everyday, till March end to arrest the spread of the disease.
The Central Zoo Authority had on Friday directed all zoos in the country to screen visitors for coronavirus and maintain sanitation measures at entry and exit gates.
BJP Not To Hold Any Protests For 1 Month Due To Coronavirus: JP Nadda
The BJP has decided not to hold any protest or demonstration for a month in view of the coronavirus outbreak, party president JP Nadda said on Wednesday.
The BJP chief's statement came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a parliamentary party meeting of the BJP asked MPs to spread awareness among the people in small groups and suggested that they should refrain from launching any mass agitation till April 15.
Distressed Indian Students In The Philippines Seek Help To Get Back Home: Report
Hundreds of distressed Indian students, stuck in the Philippines, are seeking help through video messages as they are unable to fly back home due to the travel restrictions imposed by India to contain the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus, according to friends and relatives of some of these students in the US.
The Indian government on Tuesday banned the entry of passengers from Afghanistan, Philippines and Malaysia to India with immediate effect amid stepped up efforts against the spread of COVID-19.
In a video message by one of these students Akhil Bala Nair, around 200 Indian students had booked their flight tickets for India in the next few days. But all of them have been cancelled due to the new policy.
BJP's Suresh Prabhu In Self-Quarantine Following Saudi Visit
BJP MP Suresh Prabhu has put himself under isolation at his residence for the next 14 days as a precautionary measure, even after testing negative from coronavirus following his return from Saudi Arabia.
Mr Prabhu went to Saudi Arabia to attend the second Sherpas meeting last week.
Saudi Arabia has so far reported 171 cases.
First Case Reported From Army
A 34-year-old soldier posted in Leh, Ladakh, is the first case of coronavirus in the Indian Army. He has been placed in isolation.
The soldier is from the Ladakh Scouts, an infantry regiment of the Army known as the "Snow Warriors".
His father had returned from Iran on February 27. He was on casual leave and at home when his father arrived. He reportedly rejoined duty on March 2.
His father was quarantined from Feb 29 at Ladakh Heart Foundation and reported positive for coronavirus or COVID 19 on March 6. The soldier was quarantined a day later, and he tested positive on Monday.
Reports say even though the soldier had rejoined his post, he had been staying at his native village and helping his family during the quarantine period.
The soldier's sister, wife and two children are also quarantined in hospital.
Number of coronavirus cases rise to 147
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare: Total number of confirmed #COVID19 cases in India rises to 147 - comprising 122 Indian nationals and 25 foreign nationals (as on 18.03.2020 at 09:00 AM)
One More Person Tests Positive For Coronavirus
One more person has tested positive for Coronavirus in Pune. The person has travel history to France and Netherlands. Total number of positive cases reaches 18 in Pune and 42 in Maharashtra: Naval Kishore Ram, District Magistrate of Pune, Maharashtra.
China reports just one new domestic virus infection
China reported just one new domestic case in the coronavirus outbreak on Wednesday, but a dozen more imported infections from overseas. For the second consecutive day there was only one more fresh infection in Wuhan, the central city where the virus first emerged late last year, the National Health Commission said. New cases in Hubei province have now been in the single digits for the past seven days, down from a peak of several thousand per day in early February.
Wuhan and its 11 million people were placed under strict quarantine on January 23, with the rest of Hubei province going under lockdown in the following days. In recent days, there has been an easing of restrictions in some parts of the province, with China saying it has "basically curbed" the spread of the virus.
Donald Trump defends 'China Virus' remarks
US President Donald Trump defended calling the coronavirus spreading rapidly across the world the "Chinese Virus," despite protests from Beijing. It did come from China, so I think it's very accurate," Trump said, defending an earlier tweet in which he used the label for the COVID-19 pandemic.
People in France asked to carry document for reasons to leave home
In France, citizens who leave home must now carry a document detailing the reasons why, with fines for transgressors to be set at €135 ($150; £123). It comes after President Emmanuel Macron put the country on a war-footing, ordering the population to stay at home and only go out for essential trips. The number of confirmed cases in France grew by more than 16% on Tuesday, reaching 7,730.
Coronavirus: Over 1.85 lakh passengers screened at Delhi airport till date
Over 1.86 lakh passengers who have returned from the coronavirus-affected countries have been screened at the Delhi airport till date and placed under surveillance, Delhi Health Department authorities said on Tuesday. The total coronavirus cases in Delhi now stands at eight. As many as 4,458 passengers from the coronavirus-hit countries were screened on Tuesday, according to a statement released by the Delhi Health Department. India had reported its second casualty due to coronavirus on Friday with the death of a 68-year-old woman in Delhi.
PM Narendra Modi Saudi Crown Prince Discuss Coronavirus
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held a telephonic conversation with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, and discussed the need for coordinated efforts to address the global challenge arising out of the coronavirus outbreak.