Coronavirus Outbreak: What We Know So Far

Amid severe condition of Coronavirus worldwide, many steps are taken to fight against this global epidemic. But still uphill task to for Govt and Doctors and society to defeat one of most devastating epdidemic of this century..Hera are top developments across the world

States Asked To Form Rapid response

In the wake of 29 positive novel coronavirus cases reported in India, the Union Health Ministry on Thursday asked states to form rapid response teams at the district, block and village levels, stating cases of community transmission have been observed. Screening of all foreign nationals has been mandated since March 4 and has started in most airports from Wednesday evening. A total of 3,542 samples have been sent for testing, of which 29 have been found to be positive for COVID-19 till now.  Fourteen Italians, who tested positive for coronavirus and were quarantined at an ITBP facility in Chhawla, have been shifted to the Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon.

There is no shortage of raw ingredients or medicines

Govt assures that there is no shortage of raw ingredients or medicines in the country as it has taken various initiatives to tackle the challenge posed by the coronavirus outbreak. All initiatives are also being taken to ensure that there is no impact of the disease in India, Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers D V Sadananda Gowda said. OnTuesday, India, the world’s largest maker of generic drugs, restricted the export of common medicines such as paracetamol and 25 other pharmaceutical ingredients and drugs made from them, as it looks to prevent shortages amid concerns of the coronavirus outbreak turning into a pandemic. Besides over-the-counter painkiller and fever reducer paracetamol, drugs restricted for exports included common antibiotics metronidazole, and those used to treat bacterial and other infections as well as Vitamin B1 and B12 ingredients. A notification by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) had said the export of 26 active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and formulations would require licence.

Maharashtra CM Says Next Eight Days are crucial

Amid the coronavirus scare, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray onThursday said the next 8 days are crucial and people need to remain cautious.  . He said “I want to tell people that the next eight days are crucial and we have to remain cautious,”  in the state Assembly

Xi Jinping Postpones A State Visit

A state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping this spring has been postponed over the outbreak of the new coronavirus, a spokesman for Japan’s government said on Thursday.

Release Of “No Time To Die” Postponed

The makers of new James Bond film, “No Time To Die”, have postponed the release of the much-awaited Daniel Craig-starrer to November this year in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.  “No Time To Die”, which is the fifth and final appearance of Craig as the iconic British spy, was earlier scheduled to hit the screens in the UK on April 8 and in North America on April 10. According to the official James Bond Twitter account, “No Time To Die” will now be released in the UK theatres on November 12, followed by a November 25 release in the US.

OPEC to Meet In Vienna

Ministers from the OPEC group of oil-producing countries will meet in Vienna Thursday to try to overcome their divisions on how to react to the fall in oil prices in the wake of the novel coronavirus epidemic. The group already had to contend with abundant supply on global markets weighing on prices but the spread of COVID-19 across the world has sent them plunging.

The trade impact of the coronavirus epidemic for India is estimated to be about 348 million dollars

The trade impact of the coronavirus epidemic for India is estimated to be about 348 million dollars and the country figures among the top 15 economies most affected as slowdown of manufacturing in China disrupts world trade, according to a UN report.  Among the most affected economies are the European Union (USD 15.6 billion), the United States (USD 5.8 billion), Japan (USD 5.2 billion), South Korea (USD 3.8 billion), Taiwan Province of China (USD 2.6 billion) and Vietnam (USD 2.3 billion). India is among the 15 most affected economies due to the coronavirus epidemic.

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