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Coronavirus gives markets the shivers as India reports two more cases

Indian shares sank sharply on the news, ending lower for the seventh straight session

Reuters  |  Bengaluru 

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The NSE Nifty 50 index erased gains of up to 2% to close 0.62% lower | File Photo

India reported two more cases of on Monday, taking the number of people who have tested positive in the country to five, and hammering already rocky stock

One of the new cases was detected in the capital, New Delhi, while the other was in the southern state of Telangana, the government said in a statement.

The patients had a travel history from Italy and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, respectively, the government said.

Both patients were stable and being closely monitored.

"The government is monitoring the situation at the highest-level," Health Minister told a briefing in New Delhi.

Authorities were screening travelers arriving from 12 countries, Vardhan said, adding that more than 1 million people had been screened on the border with Nepal.

Indian shares sank sharply on the news, ending lower for the seventh straight session.

The NSE Nifty 50 index erased gains of up to 2% to close 0.62% lower. The rupee was 0.07% weaker at 72.4300 against the dollar.

The coronavirus, which was identified in late last year, has quickly spread to dozens of countries, killing nearly 3,000 people and disrupting global business supply chains.

India is the world's second most heavily populated country after The government has advised Indians to refrain from non-essential travel to the worst affected countries, including China, South Korea, Iran and Italy.

US intelligence agencies are monitoring the global spread of and the ability of governments to respond, sources told Reuters last week, warning that there were concerns about how India would cope with a widespread outbreak.

First Published: Mon, March 02 2020. 18:30 IST
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