BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: With Maharashtra reporting the highest number of coronavirus cases in India — 32, the Mumbai Police has imposed Section 144 to prohibit tour operators from any kind of group tours to foreign or domestic destinations till March 31, an official said on Sunday. The order will remain in force till March 31.
Meanwhile, The number of coronavirus cases in the country on Sunday has reached 108. Maharashtra reported 14 new cases in one day. Maharashtra MLA Aditya Thackeray in a series of tweets has advised people to take precautions and not to panic.
The Epidemic Act, 1897 has been invoked, the Govt is actively taking updates, precautionary measures on corona virus.
I suggest that all tour operators immediately comply with the global, national, state directives, suspend all tours. Safety measures are of topmost priority.
— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) March 14, 2020
“I would request all not to panic. Grocery stores and essential stores would remain open. Avoid going to places with crowds, parties, highly crowded weddings, however much anyone claims of sanitised spaces,” he added in another tweet.
Kerala has reported 22 cases of the virus and Uttar Pradesh 11. Meanwhile, all 14 patients, who are confirmed positive of COVID-19 in Haryana are foreign nationals. Delhi has reported seven confirmed cases so far. Two people in the country have died of coronavirus so far.
The Telangana government on Saturday ordered educational institutes, coaching centres, summer camps and movie theatres to remain closed till the end of March. The West Bengal government also asked all schools, colleges, universities to remain shut till March 31 as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Most offices are encouraging their employees to work from home, cinema halls are shut and festivals and convocations stand cancelled. Parliament has barred visitors. IPL has been postponed to April 15 from March 29 in the wake of novel coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Prime Minister Modi proposed a meeting with SAARC leaders on Sunday to frame a strategy to counter the coronavirus. Earlier, PM Modi announced that no minister in his government will travel abroad in the coming days “to break the chain of spread” and also nudged fellow countrymen to “avoid non-essential travel”. He further advised people to “avoid large gatherings” and not to panic. The government has suspended all tourist visas till April 15.
He also suggested the people of the country to stay in “home quarantine”.
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— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 14, 2020
The coronavirus has so far taken over 5,500 lives globally and spread to more than 100 countries, where close to 150,000 people are now infected. Europe has been named the new epicentre of the disease by the WHO.
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— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) March 15, 2020