Seventeen people, out of a large number of passengers who had arrived in Delhi from China and other coronavirus-affected countries before the screening at the airport began around mid-January, have been found symptomatic for the infection and hospitalised, officials said.
The United States said it will send an aircraft to Japan to bring back U.S. passengers on the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess, where the most coronavirus infections outside China have occurred.
China confident epidemic will soon be over
China is confident the coronavirus epidemic will be over soon and that the impact will be only temporary on its economy, which will rebound strongly, Qin Gang, China's vice minister of foreign affairs said on Saturday.
China is disinfecting and isolating used banknotes as part of efforts to stop the spread of the new coronavirus that has killed more than 1,500 people, officials said.
Postponed / cancelled events
Events postponed or cancelled include the Chinese Grand Prix, the Black Hat information security conference's Asia summit; London Metal Exchange's annual Asian gathering in Hong Kong and Art Basel's annual art fair in Hong Kong, among others.
IBM pulls out of conference
IBM said it has cancelled its participation in the RSA cybersecurity conference in San Francisco. The RSA, however, said it will continue with the event despite IBM pulling out.
Facebook cancels Global Marketing Summit
"Out of an abundance of caution, we cancelled our Global Marketing Summit due to evolving public health risks related to coronavirus," a Facebook spokesperson said.
The total confirmed infections across mainland China is now 66,492 after 2,641 new cases were confirmed. The death toll rose by 143 to 1,523, with most of the new deaths in central Hubei province and in particular the provincial capital of Wuhan.
According to the Pharmaceutical Export Promotion Council (Pharmexcil), the cost of paracetamol has gone up from Rs 250-300 kg to 400-450 kg. Similarly, the prices of vitamins and penicillin have shot up 40-50%.