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India closes border with Myanmar amid rise in coronavirus cases

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 11th March, 2020 10:11:18 PM
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India closes border with Myanmar amid rise in coronavirus cases

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India ramped up travel restrictions and closed a border with neighbouring Myanmar to counter the coronavirus outbreak, as countries across South Asia reported a rise in cases on Wednesday.

Though no cases have so far been confirmed in Myanmar yet, India authorities closed the border with its eastern neighbour Myanmar as a precautionary measure to check transmission of Coronavirus or COVID-19.

"As a precautionary measure (to prevent) transmission of Coronavirus/COVID-19, the international border with Myanmar has been closed... until further orders," N. Biren Singh, chief minister of the north-eastern state of Manipur, which shares a border with Myanmar, said in a tweet on Tuesday.

Earlier, India suspended issuing visas to citizens of France, Spain and Germany until further notice, a health ministry statement said late on Tuesday.

Such restrictions are already in place for citizens of China, Italy, Iran, Japan and South Korea - the five countries worst hit by the outbreak of the virus.

The virus has hit Europe and the United States far harder than China's most immediate neighbours in South Asia, where no one has yet died. But as the number of cases in the region topped 80, experts fear that its overstretched medical systems may not be able to handle the type of intensive care required.

India, which has confirmed 52 cases of the virus, advised citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to countries affected by the virus and asked those returning from these places to self-quarantine at home.

The country's southern state of Kerala, which reported three new cases over the weekend, said on Tuesday it was shutting schools and movie theatres to avoid a further outbreak.

Schools in at least two more states have also been closed.

 

Source: Business Today