Morning, Briefly: The news you need to know for March 16, 2020
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Coronavirus in India and Indians Rescued from Abroad
A fourth batch of 53 Indians returned to India from Iran on Monday, taking the total number of people evacuated from the coronavirus-hit country to 389.
This comes a day after over 230 Indians were brought back from Iran to New Delhi and quarantined at the Indian Army Wellness Centre in Jaisalmer, the third batch to be evacuated from that country.
Iran is one of the worst-affected countries by the coronavirus outbreak and the government has been working to bring back Indians stranded there. Over 700 people have died from the disease in Iran and nearly 14,000 cases have been detected.
According to the Union Health Ministry, there are 110 cases in India so far, including the two persons who died in Delhi and Karnataka and 17 foreigners. Ten patients have been discharged.
Among the fresh cases, 13 were reported in Maharashtra, taking the count to 32, the Union health ministry said.
Delhi has so far reported seven positive cases, Kerala 22 and Uttar Pradesh 12. Karnataka has six coronavirus patients while Ladakh three and Jammu and Kashmir has two.
Telangana reported three cases. Rajasthan also reported two cases. Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Punjab have reported one case each.
Uttarakhand reported its first coronavirus case on Sunday.
Trust Vote in Madhya Pradesh?
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath called on Governor Lalji Tandon late on Sunday night.
After 22 Congress MLAs submitted their resignations last week, Tandon had on Saturday directed Nath to seek a trust vote just after his (governor's) address on the first day of the Budget session beginning Monday.
Coming out of the Raj Bhavan around 12.20 am, Nath told reporters that the governor had called him for a discussion.
"The governor told me that the proceedings of the state assembly should be carried out smoothly. So I told him that I will talk to the speaker in this regard on Monday morning," he said.
Asked if the floor test will be conducted on Monday as directed by the governor, the chief minister said the speaker will take a decision on this.
Nath said he has already communicated to the governor in writing that his government is ready for the floor test but the MLAs held "captive" should be released first.
These BJP legislators returned to Bhopal in the early hours of Monday in a chartered plane after spending five days at a resort in Haryana.
The party had taken its MLAs to the Manesar resort on March 10 in a bid to keep it's flock together amid the political crisis in Madhya Pradesh.
The MLAs landed at Bhopal's Raja Bhoj airport around 2 am.
Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker N P Prajapati has accepted the resignations of six of these MLAs.
Biden to nominate a woman as vice president
Former US Vice President Joe Biden has promised to nominate a woman as his running mate if he gets the democratic party’s nomination for the Presidential election in November.
Biden, who has become a clear front-runner in the Democratic race after a series of sweeping primary wins in the past two weeks, committed for the first time to pick a woman as his running mate if he is the Democratic nominee.
"If I’m elected president, my Cabinet, my administration, will look like the country, and I commit that I will in fact appoint and pick a woman as vice president," Biden said, prompting Sanders to say he would "in all likelihood" pick a woman too.
Coronavirus: Conditions worsen in Italy
Italy recorded 368 more deaths from the coronavirus outbreak on Sunday, its biggest one day rise, amid growing concern about the ability of its strained health system to cope with the relentless increase in new cases.
With 24,747 cases and 1,809 deaths by Sunday - a rise of 368 or 25% in the death toll in just 24 hours - Italy's experience has offered an alarming example for other European countries which have begun seeing sharp rises in cases over recent days.
While the virus has begun spreading rapidly across Europe, Italy remains the second most heavily affected country in the world after China, where the illness first emerged, and the outbreak has shown no signs of slowing.
The government has pledged a package of measures to support businesses and families amid fears of a serious economic crisis. The measures, originally due over the weekend, are now expected after a cabinet meeting on Monday.