coronavirus outbreak

COVID-19 updates: With the WHO stating coronavirus a “global pandemic”, India, too, has stepped up efforts to contain this deadly virus outbreak, which has killed over 4,373 people across the whole world so far. The government has suspended all types of visas, apart from diplomatic and employment, till 15th April. Telling Indians to strictly avoid non-essential travel abroad, the whole government said people, including Indian nations on their return from foreign nations, could be quarantined for at least 14 to 15 days.

Meanwhile, few new cases of COVID-19 virus were detected from Jaipur and Delhi on Wednesday, taking all the total confirmed cases to 60 in India, the health ministry stated. There have been a total 121,654 of positive COVID-19 cases across the globe so far. Few Group of Ministers also decided to hold in abeyance the visa-free travel facility to OCI cardholders till April 15. This will implement from March 13.

In other decisions, the GOM stated: “Any foreigner who intends to travel to India for compelling reason may contact the nearest Indian Mission. All incoming travelers from different countries, including Indian people, arriving from or having visited China, Italy, Iran, the Republic of Korea, France, Spain, and Germany, after February 15 shall be quarantined for 14 to 15 days.

“In the latest scenario, every individual requires full knowledge about the current happenings of COVID-19 on the international background. So, for same India is also establishing some new rules. To get updated with the whole process you can rely upon as it is working devotedly to spread information in the audience about the current happenings in the immigration industry” said official.

This whole order comes into effect from March 13 at the port of departure. “Incoming travelers, including Indian nationals, are requested to avoid non-essential travel and are also informed that they can be quarantined for a minimum of 14 to 5 days on their arrival in a country like India. Indian nationals are also strongly advised to avoid all non-essential travel abroad. On their return from other nations, they can be subjected to quarantine for a minimum of 14,” it said.

Earlier, S Jaishankar, the Minister of External Affairs told Parliament focus was on evacuating Indian nationals from countries such as Italy and Iran, which are facing adverse situations. A team of medical specialists will soon land in Italy for clinical checks on nationals stranded there due to COVID-19 situation before evacuation operations can be mounted to return them. India also prohibited till March 31 entry of international cruise ships, crew or passenger with a travel history to Covid-hit nations.