With the novel coronavirus having spread to almost 50 countries across the globe, the outbreak has claimed nearly 2,800 lives worldwide. Over 80,000 cases have been reported globally, with the death toll in countries like Iran and Italy having gone up to 22 and 12, respectively.
Italy has reported more than 400 cases, with the country struggling to contain the spread of the virus in its northern region.
Meanwhile, Iran has reported only 141 cases but the death toll due to the virus has gone up to 22. It is most likely the worst-hit country outside China. Iranian authorities have also announced that domestic travel curbs will be placed on people suspected to have contracted the virus, AlJazeera reported.
Iraq reported its sixth case on February 27 while confirmed cases in Kuwait rose to 43.
China reports 433 new cases, warns of risk of rebound in infection
Around 433 new cases of coronavirus infections were reported by China on February 26, the National Health Commission said on February 27. This was up from the 406 cases reported a day earlier, with a cluster of new cases in Beijing raising concerns about the management of employees returning to work. The commission also said in a statement that the risk of a rebound in infection in other regions "should not be overlooked".
India evacuates 112 people from China, 124 from Japan
A special Air India flight, on February 27, brought back 119 Indians, including 113 crew members and six passengers, who were onboard the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship docked off Yokohama, Japan.
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In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said that the flight which arrived in New Delhi from Tokyo, also evacuated five foreign nationals — two Sri Lankans and one each from Nepal, South Africa and Peru.
Meanwhile, another 112 people were evacuated from the coronavirus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan. Of these, 76 were Indian nationals and the remaining 36 were foreign nationals.
The foreign national evacuated from Wuhan included 23 from Bangladesh, six from China, two each from Myanmar and Maldives and one each from South Africa, USA and Madagascar.
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Saudi Arabia suspends entry for pilgrims over coronavirus
Over fears of the COVID-19 infection, Saudi Arabia on February 27 suspended visas for visits to Islam's holiest sites for the "umrah" pilgrimage.