Delhi Man Has Coronavirus. All Staff At His Noida Office Quarantined

The Delhi government has banned gatherings of over 200 people at sporting activities, including Indian Premier League 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".

Delhi Man Has Coronavirus. All Staff At His Noida Office Quarantined

The Novel Coronavirus is highly contagious; it was first detected in China's Wuhan

Highlights

  • The man, 46, is admitted to Safdarjung Hospital and is stable
  • He had travelled to Italy and Switzerland
  • Over 70 people have been infected with coronavirus in India
Noida: 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. A man who has been under quarantine at an Army facility in Manesar since he returned from Italy has been tested positive for coronavirus, news agency ANI reported. He had been working in Italy for 14 years.

Here's your 10-point cheatsheet to this big story:

  1. The total number of people infected with coronavirus has climbed to 78 in India. Many other who show symptoms of having contracted the coronavirus have been told to stay at home at least for14 days, the period during which the symptoms could grow real.

  2. The government has suspended all non-essential visas to India till April 15 to minimise the risk of the coronavirus from spreading fast.

  3. 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".

  4. "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.

  5. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has said it has postponed IPL matches till April 15. The announcement comes hours after the Delhi government banned all sporting events.

  6. 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. The lower circuit in the Indian markets was triggered for the first time since the 2008 global financial crisis, and the trading resumed at 10:20 am.

  7. The Foreign Ministry tweeted visa-free travel granted to overseas citizen of India cardholders has been suspended till April 15. Any foreign national who intends to travel to India for compelling reason may contact the nearest Indian mission, it said.

  8. The Uttar Pradesh government has also shut all schools and colleges where examinations are not going on till March 22. So far, 11 coronavirus cases have been reported Uttar Pradesh.

  9. The aviation regulator DGCA has asked international airlines to consider waiving ticket cancellation fees amid the coronavirus outbreak. "In light of hardship faced by passengers, airlines may like to consider and take an appropriate call, accordingly," the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a circular.

  10. Foreign Minister S Jaishankar tweeted the second batch of 44 Indian pilgrims has arrived from Iran today. "Our efforts to bring back the others continue. @India_in_Iran and our medical team - keep up the good work. Appreciate the support of Iranian authorities and their airlines," he said.