Posted in India
March 22, 2020

All passenger trains, metro, interstate buses suspended

The railroad board agreed to suspend the train services at a meeting this morning. Also, the goods trains will continue to run. The suburban trains and the Metro service to Kolkata will run until tonight. The decision came after 12 passengers later found to be COVID-positive while traveling in trains on 13 and 16 March. Jharkhand has already written to the Railway Board asking to stop the trains from entering the state until 31 March. There were two more coronavirus-linked deaths-one in Bihar and the other in Mumbai, taking the total number of deaths to six.

There are 341 active cases of coronavirus, the Indian Medical Research Council’s nodal testing body said on Sunday, as millions across India have followed a 14-hour self-quarantine, or “Janata Curfew,” suggested by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PM Modi asked people on Sunday evening to stand on balconies and close windows to clap, ring bells to support the emergency personnel and sanitation workers who are at the forefront in the fight against coronavirus.

Health experts said the cases in India were rising at a pace seen in other countries during the early stages of the epidemic, which later recorded dramatic rises in infections. A number of states have announced steps to curb coronavirus spread. State leaders urged people not to hurry into towns, stop crowding trains and buses in order to prevent the spread of the virus. However, tensions have escalated with angry workers protesting against abrupt suspensions of basic transport facilities at some bus stations. Personal activities were postponed, such as weddings and municipal elections. The federal government increased the production of masks and allowed the manufacturers of deodorants to produce sanitizers.

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