AGENCIES, Mumbai: The Centre on Monday told state governments to close all schools and impose restrictions on travel as the number of people infected by the deadly coronavirus rose to 114.
New Delhi has also banned the entry of travellers from 32 European and Turkey into India.
The famous Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai will remain shut to devotees from Monday evening till further notice to check the spread of the virus, the temple authorities have announced. The temple, dedicated to the Lord Ganesha, is the latest among a string of religious places to respond to the virus threat.
Earlier, the temples at Shirdi and Sabarimala had asked devotees to postpone their visit for a few weeks. So did the authorities of the famous Jagannath temple in Puri. As the number of patients affected by the virus across the country rose to 117, the Delhi government announced a series of restrictions, which includes a ban on gatherings of 50 and more people. Asked if the ban will apply to the Shaheen Bagh protest against the contentious citizenship law, he said, “Nothing but weddings are exempt.”
At least 25 doctors are among the 75 employees of a premier health institute in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram, who have been kept in isolation after a doctor who returned from Spain tested positive for coronavirus.
The Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh, facing a collapse, has adjourned the state Assembly for 10 days to stave off a trust vote. The government said the long break was to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Amid a global economic plunge over corionavirus, Reserve Bank Governor Shaktikanta Das said, “Covid-19 outbreak, now a pandemic, is evolving into a human tragedy. Human activity disrupted in nations. Financial conditions have tightened.”
“Policy authorities have responded with emergency measures and more recently, advanced economies have coordinate large policy rate reductions,” Das added.