AGENCIES, New Delhi: With increasing number of coronavirus cases being reported each day in India and globally, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday has assured citizens that his government is “fully vigilant” about the prevailing situation and that multiple steps have been taken to ensure their safety.
In a tweet, the Prime Minister has also said that none of his ministers will be permitted to travel abroad in the upcoming days. He urged people to avoid non-essential travel.
“Say no to panic, say yes to precautions. No Minister of the Central Government will travel abroad in the upcoming days. I urge our countrymen to also avoid non-essential travel. We can break the chain of spread and ensure the safety of all by avoiding large gatherings,” the Prime Minister tweeted.
So far, 73 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been detected in India and the increasing number has prompting authorities to take unprecedented decisions to isolate India as much as possible from it spreading.
The government has decided to suspend all visas, barring select categories, till April 15. This means it has effectively closed its borders for a month. No foreign tourists can enter India for over a month now, affecting an already stressed economy. The fate of the scheduled events like cricket matches is not known yet as the visa ban could impact the arrival of foreign players during the shutdown period.
As a precautionary measure, the Centre had advised all states and Union territories to invoke provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, which will enable them to enforce advisories as and when needed.