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COVID-19 lockdown: 450 buses pressed into service by Ghaziabad admin to transport migrants        Mah: Corona cases cross 180-mark, 28 more test +ive        Covid-19: Punishment by police in Kannur for violating lockdown turns into row        Funeral of COVID-19 victim held as per WHO protocol        COVID-19: Kerala reports first death, positive cases rise to 165 in Kerala, 1,34,370 people under surveillance        Spain coronavirus outbreak ''close to peaking'': official        Virus infections top 600,000 globally with long fight ahead        COVID-19: Forced break a ''welcome rest'' for India players, says coach Shastri        Dane Piedt quits South Africa career to play for US        RBI asks lending firms to allow 3-month moratorium on EMI payments        COVID-19:15 lakh air travellers entered India in 2 months, ''gap'' in actual monitoring: Cabinet Secy        Coronavirus cases in India climb to 834, death toll reaches 19        COVID-19: Kerala CM expresses concern over blocking roads in Karnataka border        COVID-19: Positive cases rise to 164 in Kerala, 1,10,299 people under surveillance, says CM        US confirmed coronavirus cases cross 100,000: Tracker        Xi offers help to Trump to combat COVID-19; says infectious diseases recognise no border or race        UK PM Johnson tests positive for coronavirus, has mild symptoms        Sachin Tendulkar donates Rs 50 lakh to fight COVID-19        Djokovic donates ventilators to Serbia, praises ties with China        COVID-19: Total cases 649; Rate of increase ''relatively stable'', says govt        
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International News
VIRUS Coronavirus death toll in China crosses 1,000
 
Beijing: Global efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak intensified on Tuesday with a team of WHO experts holding in-depth exchanges with specialists here, as the death toll from the deadly infection in China crossed 1,000 while the confirmed cases rose to 42,708. The World Health Organisation convened a meeting in Geneva on Tuesday to fast-track promising tests, drugs and vaccines to help slow the outbreak that has spread to over 20 countries, including India. The death toll on Monday rose to 1,017 with confirmed cases totalling to 42,708 in China. The confirmed cases abroad have gone up to 390, health officials here said. A 15-member advance team of the WHO specialists led by Bruce Aylward, a veteran of past public health emergencies which arrived here on Monday night, began consultations with their Chinese counterparts on Tuesday.

They will join with Chinese experts to conduct in-depth exchanges on the situation and epidemic prevention and control, China''s Health Commission spokesman Mi Feng said. "We welcome experts from all countries, including the United States, to participate in the team of experts. We believe that after consultation and communication, we can make appropriate arrangements for the joint team in China," he said. Some 400 scientists will be meeting on February 11-12 in Geneva to discuss all aspects of the virus, the WHO announced. "On 11-12 February, WHO is convening a global research and innovation forum to mobilize international action, and identify knowledge gaps and research priorities to contribute to the control of #2019nCoV,” a WHO tweet said.

This is the biggest gathering of specialists to evaluate the coronavirus which surfaced in December last year and wreaked havoc in China. The Chinese government has sealed 18 cities with over 50 million people in the virus-hit Hubei province including its provincial capital Wuhan to prevent its spread. Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO told the media in Geneva that it is important to have risk management procedures associated with the virus are worked out at the earliest. "You can''t shut the world either and normal activity must go on," he said. The two-day forum in Geneva will try to work out a roadmap to deal with the coronavirus in China and around the world.

This includes the development of medication and vaccines, state run CGTN TV reported on Tuesday. The world''s leading experts will bring together all their expertise from around the globe to focus their attention on how best to try and defeat the coronavirus, the report said. They will examine issues like how to fill the knowledge gaps of virus, focus their discussions on specifics like how it is transmitted in particular. Most crucial is to develop medicine in particular and a vaccine to contain it. Meanwhile, the Chinese government has removed several senior officials in Wuhan, the epicentre of the epidemic, for their mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak.

Those sacked included the party secretary for the Hubei Health Commission, and the head of the commission, official media reported. Last week, three Chinese officials of the Red Cross Society in Hubei province were punished for improperly dealing with donations for the prevention and control of the epidemic.


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KERALA NEWS
Covid-19: Punishment by police in Kannur for violating lockdown turns into row
 Kannur: The public punishment given by the District Police Chief(DPC) Yahtish Chandra-led squad on S
Funeral of COVID-19 victim held as per WHO protocol
COVID-19: Kerala CM expresses concern over blocking roads in Karnataka border
COVID-19: Positive cases rise to 164 in Kerala, 1,10,299 people under surveillance, says CM
NATIONAL NEWS
COVID-19 lockdown: 450 buses pressed into service by Ghaziabad admin to transport migrants
 Ghaziabad (UP): The Ghaziabad administration has pressed 450 buses into service to transport migrant
Mah: Corona cases cross 180-mark, 28 more test +ive
COVID-19:15 lakh air travellers entered India in 2 months, ''gap'' in actual monitoring: Cabinet Secy
Coronavirus cases in India climb to 834, death toll reaches 19
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