Coronavirus a pandemic: India shuts doors for outsiders, under self imposed quarantine

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India imposed stringent travel curbs to the country as the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic with more than 118,000 confirmed cases and 4,291 deaths in 114 countries. India’s count of infected people is 62 with no confirmed deaths so far from the disease.

The WHO had classified the coronavirus outbreak as a global public health emergency on January 30 and had been reluctant to call it a pandemic over concerns that it would create unnecessary panic ..

The government late on Wednesday suspended “all existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/international organisations, employment, project visas” until April 15. The visafree travel facility for Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) holders has been suspended until the same date. The curbs go into effect at 1200 GMT on March 13 at the port of departure.

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