AGENCIES, New Delhi: At least 12 people who have been infected with the coronavirus travelled in trains between March 13 and 16, the railways said on Saturday, asking people to postpone all journeys to avoid contracting the highly contagious virus.
“Railways has found some cases of coronavirus-infected passengers in trains which makes train travel risky. Avoid train travel as you may also get infected if your co-passenger has coronavirus. Postpone all journeys and keep yourself and your loved ones safe,” the railways tweeted.
The railways tweet comes on a day when coronavirus cases in India rose to 283, including four deaths, according to the Health Ministry.
Maharashtra has reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases at 52, including three foreigners. State Health Minister Rajesh Tope made a fresh appeal to avoid public transport to contain the spread and warned of tougher measures, having already asked offices and shops to close.
The East Central Railway has requested all possible help from the Bihar government for making special arrangements to screen passengers coming to Bihar by trains from the Mumbai-Pune region.
The railways also said that eight people who travelled on the AP Sampark Kranti train on March 13 have tested positive for coronavirus. It added that a couple was taken off the Bengaluru-Delhi Rajdhani train on Saturday after co-passengers spotted a quarantine seal on the husband’s hand.
Indian Railways relaxes refund Rules for PRS counter generated tickets. Passengers are advised to avail the facility and avoid coming to Railway Station during the spread of Corona Virus. #NoRailTravel pic.twitter.com/SYXG6T754A
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) March 21, 2020