India, Feb. 10 -- As the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) toll overtook the 774 deaths worldwide from the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in 2002-2003, which had been the biggest coronavirus outbreak to date, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the outbreak was stabilising, but warned that it was still too early to predict if the virus had peaked. India is screening all passengers coming from China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand at 21 airports and major sea and land ports.

With Kerala quickly identifying and containing 2019-nCoV importation cases among three students from Wuhan and everyone they had come in contact with since they got infected, India has, so far, escaped the worst of the virus. The WHO estimates that the incubation...