Coronavirus Latest News: Confirmed COVID-19 cases rise to 169 in India; PM Modi to address nation at 8 PM

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Coronavirus Latest News: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on Thursday evening about the COVID-19 outbreak and on ways to contain it, as 18 fresh coronavirus positive cases were detected in the country on Wednesday.

In developments today, the University Grants Council (UGC) asked universities to postpone exams till March 31. Also, CBSE, ICSE board class 10,12 exams have been postponed till March 31. In view of the COVID-19 outbreak, Sebi has given a 45-day extension to companies for filing Q4 results  - this is a month-long grace for filing FY20 results due to coronavirus pandemic.

The Ministry of Health’s website states that as of 9.00 AM on Thursday, there were 151 ‘active’ cases of COVID-19 in the country, with 14 people having been treated and discharged so far, and with three death recorded.

In total, 169 cases have so far been recorded in the country - comprising 141 Indians, and 25 foreigners. Of the 126 cases, at 42 – the highest number of cases have been seen in Maharashtra, followed by Kerala at 25 and Uttar Pradesh at 16. Karnataka has seen 14 cases, Delhi has recorded 11, and Union Territory of Ladakh has recorded 8 cases.

In a written reply to the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, the Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said that 276 Indians have been infected from coronavirus abroad - of which 255 are in Iran, 12 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), 5 in Italy, and one each in Sri Lanka, Rwanda, Kuwait, and Hong Kong.

As the Indian Army recorded its first COVID-19 positive case - a 34-year-old soldier of Ladakh Scout who tested positive after coming in contact with his father, who returned from a pilgrimage in Iran - the army announced the suspension of training activities, wargames and conference in an effort to further strengthen its check and coronavirus prevention mechanism.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan reviewed the preparedness in hospitals with regards to the availability of testing kits, isolation wards, medicine, and protective equipment.

The Indian Railways informed that 60 per cent tickets have been cancelled so far in March so far due to the threat of coronavirus.

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