As the death toll in China rose to 361 over the deadly outbreak of coronavirus, BJP MP Vikas Mahatme gave a Zero Hour Notice in the upper house over the need to take precautionary measures to prevent the virus
New Delhi: BJP MP Vikas Mahatme on Monday (February 3) gave a Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over the "need to take precautionary measures to prevent the outbreak of coronavirus”.
On Sunday, the second case of novel coronavirus in the country was reported from Kerala, and the patient is being monitored in an isolation ward in the Alappuzha Medical College.
Meanwhile, the death toll in the coronavirus outbreak in China's Hubei province has risen to 361 with 56 people succumbing to the deadly virus, according to health authorities.
According to reports, the authorities have confirmed an additional 2,103 coronavirus cases in the province, which brings the total number of cases to over 16,600.
On the other side, there are now nine coronavirus cases in the United States. There are four confirmed cases in California, two in Illinois and one each in Massachusetts, Washington and Arizona.
Also, Russia has suspended passenger train service with China starting from February 3 over coronavirus concerns, state company Russian Railways said on Sunday.
On January 31, Russian Railways restricted passenger railway service with China, leaving only direct trains between Moscow and Beijing. Now, these trains are also cancelled.
The virus originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year and has since spread to various cities around the world.
Several countries, including India, have sped up the evacuation process after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the coronavirus outbreak as a global health crisis.
On Sunday, India evacuated 323 Indian nationals and seven Maldivian citizens, from Wuhan in a special Air India flight.
On Saturday, 324 Indians had been evacuated from the coronavirus-hit Chinese city.
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Last Updated 3, Feb 2020, 11:32 AM