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Coronavirus Spreads Globally, Iran Among Worst Affected

by GoNews Desk 6 months ago Views 1481
China's COVID-19 Spreads To 22 Countries
The deadly coronavirus (Covid-19), which originated in China’s Wuhan, is spreading rapidly across the world and has now affected more than 22 countries. Keeping this in view, the Saudi Arabian government has, for the moment, banned citizens of other countries from arriving there on Umrah pilgrimage.

The coronavirus has also taken Masoumeh Ebtekar, the Vice-President of Iran, in its grip and more than 26 people have died due to the coronavirus in Iran so far.

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At a press conference on Thursday, Kinosh Jahanpour, spokesperson of the Iranian Health Ministry, said that till now, 245 cases of coronavirus infection have come to light in Iran. Jahanpour also said that inspection of the virus is underway in laboratories and the number of cases could rise in the coming days.

Meanwhile, due to the growing risks from the coronavirus, the Saudi Arabian government has, for the time being, banned the entry of foreign nationals arriving for the Umrah pilgrimage at Mecca-Medina. Releasing a statement, the Saudi Arabian Foreign Ministry said that “we have decided to suspend the entry visa of all nations”.  It also issued an advisory for its citizens, asking them not to visit nations affected by the coronavirus.

In view of the growing havoc caused by the coronavirus, India has cancelled the visa-on-arrival facility for citizens of Japan and South Korea.

After China, the maximum number of coronavirus cases has been reported in South Korea, where 13 people have died from this disease and 2,000 people have tested positive for it. In China, this life-threatening disease has claimed more than 2,788 lives so far.

The coronavirus is also causing financial losses across the world, due to which the Sensex fell more than 1,100 points on Friday.

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