AGENCIES, New Delhi: Passenger trains across the country will not run till March 31, the Railways announced as the number of coronavirus or COVID-19 cases crossed 324.
The Railways will also not run suburban EMU trains across all divisions from Monday.
Many states have suspended bus operations to prevent an exodus of daily wage earners from cities to villages. Modi tweeted yesterday: “Many of my brothers and sisters are leaving the city where they earn a living and returning to their villages. Travelling in a crowd increases the risk of COVID-19 infection. Wherever you’re going, it’ll pose danger to people there too. It will increase difficulties for them.”
Never forget – precautions not panic!
It’s not only important to be home but also remain in the town/ city where you are. Unnecessary travels will not help you or others.
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— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 21, 2020
To check the virus, Jharkhand has written to the Railway Board asking that trains be stopped from entering the state till March 31. Gujarat has announced a lockdown for four cities, Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, and Vadodara, until Wednesday. Only shops selling essentials like vegetables, dairy products, and medical items will remain open.
Goa, one of India’s most popular holiday destinations, has shut down its borders to mass passengers and tourist vehicles.
International flights are banned for a week and many airlines have talked about reducing flights. Railways has cancelled more than 3,000 trains and relaxed refund rules. This, after reports of infected passengers traveling on trains. A couple was pulled off a Delhi-bound Rajdhani train on Saturday after co-passengers noticed a home quarantine seal on the man’s hand.
Across the country, famous temples like the Tirumala and tourist spots like Taj Mahal have shut down to prevent crowds, which could escalate the virus transmission.