Coronavirus impact: Lockdown ordered for 75 districts with positive cases1 min read . Updated: 22 Mar 2020, 03:56 PM IST
- Decision was taken in a high-level meeting convened by cabinet secretary with chief secretaries of states
- Government has suspended running of all passenger trains and metro trains till 31 March
NEW DELHI: The central government on Sunday advised states to issue lockdown orders, allowing only essential services, in the 75 districts across the country that have reported positive cases or casualties of Covid-19.
While several states have already issued orders placing curbs on travel and banning mass gatherings, the Centre has advised them to expand the list of prohibitory orders depending on their assessment of the situation
The decision was taken in a high-level meeting convened by cabinet secretary Rajib Guaba on Sunday with chief secretaries of states.
The chief secretaries, at the meeting, informed that there has been an overwhelming and spontaneous response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for Janata Curfew.
Officials agreed that there was an urgent need to curb non-essential transport as well, including inter-state bus movements, till 31 March.
Already, the government has suspended running of all passenger trains till 31 March, upping the ante to contain the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus in the country. Good trains will continue to run, the railways said on Sunday. Indian Railways runs 13,000 passenger trains and 9,000 freight trains per day.
All metro rail services have also been suspended till 31 March 2020.
Novel coronavirus infection, which first was first reported in China in December, has so far affected 307,297 people in 171 countries, according to data available on Johns Hopkins University. Of this, 92,382 have recovered. There have been 13,049 deaths so far, with Italy, at 4,825 casualties, far outstripping China’s 3,144. In India, cases have touched 341, with death toll at four.