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Friday, March 13, 2020

Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: Two deaths, 82 confirmed cases in India; global toll past 5,000, over 1 lakh infected in 116 countries

Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: Two deaths, 82 confirmed cases in India; global toll past 5,000, over 1 lakh infected in 116 countries

Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tests negative

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who met with President Donald Trump in the United States less than a week ago, has tested negative for coronavirus, a post on his Facebook page said on Friday.
Bolsonaro and a large Brazilian entourage, including cabinet ministers, met with Trump and other senior US officials last weekend at Mar-a-Lago. One of the party, Bolsonaro’s communications secretary Fabio Wajngarten, tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and is in quarantine.
Posts on his official Facebook and Twitter accounts said that "The Armed Forces Hospital and (diagnostic laboratory) Sabin have returned a negative test result for COVID-19." Bolsonaro included a photo of himself flexing.

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Rajasthan govt orders shutdown of schools, colleges till 30 March 

Ramping up the precautionary measures in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan has ordered closure of schools, colleges, coaching centers, gyms and cinema halls till 30 March.
"Programs such as Music in the Park and Drama Manchana to be held during this period will also be postponed," said Gehlot.

US embassy cancels all immigrant and non-immigrant visa appointments

The US embassy and consulates in India are cancelling both immigrant and non-immigrant visa appointments from 16 March in view of the novel coronavirus pandemic. 
"US Mission India posts, in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, are cancelling immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments from March 16, 2020, onward. Your visa appointment stands as cancelled. Once Mission India resumes regular consular operations, appointments will be made available and you will be able to reschedule," read the statement. 

Masks, hand santizers declared 'essential commodities'

The Centre declared masks (two-ply and three-ply as well as the N-95 variety) and hand sanitizers as 'essential commodities' in the wake of the coronavirus scare leading to shortages and black marketing of these items.
These items will remain under the essential commodities segment till the end of June, reports said, which is a move aimed at ensuring availability at reasonable prices and cracking down on hoarders/black marketeers.

UK plans likely to ban mass gatherings next week

The United Kingdom from next week is likely to introduce emergency laws, which is inclusive of ban on mass gatherings, in an attempt to curb the coronavirus outbreak, Sky News reported on Friday.
"We have drafted emergency legislation to give the government the powers it requires to deal with coronavirus, including powers to stop mass gatherings and compensate organisations," Sky News quoted the source as saying.

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