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WHO declares coronavirus a global pandemic: What we know so far

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The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus as a global pandemic on Wednesday. After the latest development, the Indian govt suspended all tourist visas and e-visas granted on or before March 11. All incoming visitors including Indian nationals are advised against non-essential travel. Here's all you need to know about the coronavirus and the situation in India and around the world: 

Over 6,000 Indians stranded in coronavirus-hit Iran: Govt (Hindustan Times)

"These include about 1,100 pilgrims mainly from the union territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir and the state of Maharashtra," Jaishankar said in the Lok Sabha. Read more

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Man arrested in Mumbai for dumping used face-masks in open space (The Times of India)

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Pandemic means every person on Earth is prone to COVID-19 (IANS)

A pandemic is the "worldwide spread of a new disease", according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which means that nearly every human being on Earth -- close to 8 billion -- is now susceptible to coronavirus (Covid-19). Read more



Tom Hanks says he has coronavirus (The New York Times)

India quarantines itself: 1 mn tourists a month; aviation, hotel slowdown (The Indian Express)

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Follow the government's latest travel advice  if you are planning a trip outside India or travelling back to India from affected areas. You can also read World Health Organization's advice  on basic protective measures against the virus. WHO has also busted some myths  surrounding coronavirus. The Ministry of Health's special helpline is available at +91-11-23978046 and

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