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Corona Virus: India bans entry of people from UK, EU; WHO’s Blanket Ban comment on India

On March 16, 2020, India has announced that it is to stop entry of people from European Union and United Kingdom till the end of March 2020. This is being done with the increasing threats of Corona Virus.

Highlights

The entry ban includes all the 27 members of European Union and also the members of European Free Trade Association. India will also ban passengers from Oman, UAE, Qatar and Kuwait. Because of travel ban, the tourism industries in the country is greatly affected.

World Health Organization

The WHO has criticized India that the country is implementing a “blanket ban”. By the term, the organization means that India is restricting foreign nationals and also has suspended visas of foreign nationals.

Tourism

In the last 2 weeks more than 200,000 international and domestic and international tourists cancelled their trips to Taj Mahal. The holiday seasons in the country is between April and July during which Indians travel inside and outside the country a lot. It is expected that this holiday season is to take a hit by more than 80% according to Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). This will be the biggest hit in the history of tourism industry.

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Corona Virus: ICMR develops testing strategy; WHO shifts epicenter from China to Europe

On March 15, 2020, the Indian Council of Medical Research developed COVID-19 testing strategy for people infected with the virus. The Council has given a detailed explanation about the methodology to test the people.

Centres of Testing

The three main testing centres of Corona Virus are AIIMS, National Institute of Virology and National Centre for Disease control. Apart from these major centres, GoI has also built 50 new exclusive centres that are to test for the virus.

Epicenter shifted to Europe

The World Health Organization recently shifted the epicenter of Corona Virus from China to Europe. This is mainly because while rate of infections are being controlled in China, it is increasing exponentially in European Nations. Also, the number of deaths due to the virus in Europe is more than any other part of the world.

Update on the Virus

So far, more than 150,000 people have been infected with the virus. In India, the count has increased to 97.

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