April 5, 2020 | 8:23 PM IST
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WHO declares Coronavirus a global pandemic; India restricts travel visas till April 15

The World Health Organization (WHO), on Wednesday, declared Coronavirus or COVID-19 a global pandemic. The deadly disease originated in China’s Wuhan province, had globally infected over 121,000 people. The health experts now have been unable to control the virus and are working to develop a vaccine for the disease.

Till now, over 4,291 people in 114 countries have been reported to have died from the disease. In Italy, which has become a Coronavirus epicenter in Europe, has reported over 12,000 confirmed cases with over 850 deaths. The government has ordered a complete lockdown.
Similarly, India too has imposed stringent travel curbs to and from the affected nations. Presently, there are 68 confirmed cases of Coronavirus-infected.  Fresh cases are on a rise with 11 people testing positive in Maharashtra, including eight in Pune, two in Mumbai and one in Nagpur.

Also, the Kerala government announced a high-alert after eight new cases were reported. The state-imposed severe restrictions and closed all educational institutions, cinema houses till the March-end to halt the spread of the disease.

In addition, the Indian government has suspended all visas till April 15, except diplomatic, official, employment and project visas. This restriction on visas has also affected the participation of foreign players at the ensuing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 scheduled to start from March 29.
After the government’s decision to hold back to-and-fro travel visas, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to adopt a wait and watch strategy for now for they are anticipating an empty stadium.

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