On Wednesday evening, India released an advisory saying that all existing visas - except diplomatic, official, United Nations/international organisations, employment and project visas - would be suspended until April 15 on the heels of the World Health Organisation declaring the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic that same day. Over 4,300 people around the world have succumbed to the virus so far. But as the number of cases in the region topped 80, experts fear that overstretched medical systems may not be able to handle the type of intensive care required.
A visa-free travel facility granted to OCI cardholders is kept in abeyance till 15th April 2020.
The new measures will come into effect from 1200 GMT on March 13. All these measures are applicable from March 13.
"All regular visas (including e-visas) which have been granted to nationals of France, Germany and Spain on or before March 11, 2020, and where these foreigners have not yet entered India stands suspended", the statement said.
'Everything has been cancelled, ' Rachna Singh, CEO of the Federation of Hospitality and Tourism of Rajasthan, a popular destination for visitors with its forts and palaces, saying many people who had booked to visit next month had abandoned plans. "In this private hospital he was provisionally diagnosed as "mid-zone viral pneumonia" and "suspected COVID-19", read the statement.
The Health Ministry is anxious India's population density of some 420 people per square kilometre will make it easier for the virus to spread.
So if a citizen has been to Italy, or china or some other virus-hit country on or after February 15.
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Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu also tweeted confirming about one more COVID-19 positive case in the state.
The eight new confirmed cases were also from the Chinese mainland, it said.
Addressing a press conference, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary of the Union Ministry of Health listed the steps taken by the Government of India to tackle the coronavirus threat, under the supervision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The country's southern state of Kerala, which reported three new cases over the weekend, said on Tuesday it was shutting schools and movie theatres to avoid a further outbreak.
In Afghanistan, the number of confirmed cases rose to seven from four, the health ministry said on Wednesday.
India has recorded its first death linked to the coronavirus, officials confirmed.
Two of those cases have since tested negative.
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More than 1,200 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the USA and 38 people have died from the respiratory disease. About 30 minutes later, fans were informed that the game was postponed "due to unforeseen circumstances".