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Railway ministry on Friday said it has cancelled 3,700 trains from midnight of March 22 till 10 pm, in line with the Prime Minister's appeal of a day-long curfew to contain the spread of coronavirus.

On Thursday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a people’s curfew on Sunday in a drastic step by his administration to prevent a surge in Covid-19 cases.In an address to the nation, Modi asked citizens to voluntarily stay indoors from 7am till 9pm.

Suburban train services in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Secunderbad will be reduced to 'bare minimum', an official statement said.

"Actual no of trains to be run on March 20 will be decided by the respective zonal railways as per the assessment of local conditions and requirements," it said. "Passenger trains originating between midnight of 21/22.03.20 to 2200 hrs of 22.03.20 shall not be run . But passenger trains originated before midnight of 21/22.03.20 will complete its journey," the ministry said, adding that approximately 2,400 passenger trains will not run.

Around 1,300 long distance trains and inter-city trains originating between 0400 hrs and 2200 hrs on 22.03.20 will be cancelled. However, trains that have already started before this time slot will complete its journey.

Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corp. Ltd also also ordered on board catering services in mail or express trains from March 22 until further notice, in the wake of coronavirus infection.

The national transporter said it will ensure hassle free refund of cancelled trains.

To discourage train journey and contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, railways ministry, in a first, suspended fare concessions across 38 categories, which includes senior citizens, among others.

Out of a total 53 types of concessions, only 15 which includes students, categories of patients, divyangjans can be availed, a senior government official said. Concessions have been withdrawn for the remaining 38 categories for reserved as well as unreserved categories.

Indian railways has already cancelled over 300 low occupancy trains up to March 31 to discourage non-essential travel and overcrowding of trains.

India's count of positive cases has gone over 240, with four deaths.

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