The Novel Coronavirus which has caused the death of more than 3,000 people and infected 90,000 worldwide, has now hit Delhi-NCR with authorities taking various precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.
Panic has gripped Delhi-NCR residents after the new of some positive cases of viral infection hit the headlines. On Monday, two positive cases were reported from Delhi and Hyderabad. As of now, one Italian tourist has been tested positive for coronavirus in Rajasthan’s Jaipur and six patients are on suspect-watch from Agra.
Here is the gist of what are the latest developments pertaining to Coronavirus
5 schools closed in Delhi-NCR
Amidst the scare, two Noida schools along with three other branches of one of these schools have been closed, report says. The patient had recently returned from Italy where the novel coronavirus has claimed over 50 lives so far.
Schools sending advisories to parents
Various schools in Delhi-NCR have sent out advisories to parents, suggesting that even in case of mild cough or cold, don’t send their wards to schools. There are also reports that schools are organising sensitisation sessions for children to brief them about the symptoms of COVID-19 as well as other precautionary measures.
PM won’t participate in Holi Milan programme
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tweeted that he won’t be participating in the Holi Milan programme in the wake of growing concern about the virus. “Experts across the world have advised reducing mass gatherings to avoid the spread of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. Hence, this year I have decided not to participate in any Holi Milan programme,” PM has tweeted.
The government has also cancelled all visa/eVisa that was granted to nationals from countries including Italy on or before March 3.
Delhi Government taking measures to make the city safe
Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain on Tuesday assured people about the preparation to tackle any emergency. He was quoted as saying “COVID-19 is a new infection, but there is no need to panic. We are taking all possible steps to keep Delhi safe. Isolation wards are being readied in 25 hospitals, including 19 government and six private hospitals. As many as 3.5-lakh N95 masks are being arranged, we have over 8,000 separation kits for staff treating coronavirus patients.”
Demand for masks, sanitisers shoot up
There has been a sharp rise in the demand for masks and hand sanitisers in the market with people claiming that shopkeepers are selling these items at high prices. People also complained about a shortage of hand sanitising gel in the market.
Experts have advised people to take precautions like wearing masks while travelling in crowded places and use hand sanitisers to offshoot chances of viral infection.
Noida administration issues Helpline numbers in Noida
As fear mounted over the deadly virus, the Noida administration on Tuesday held a press conference with District Magistrate (DM) BN Singh along with Chief Medical Officer Dr Anurag Bhargava making an appeal to people not to panic and believe any rumours.
Issuing helpline numbers for citizen related queries (8076623612 / 6396776904) Singh said that the UP government is taking all necessary precautions to deal with the coronavirus scare in Noida.