COVID-19: No passenger train till 31 March, those carrying goods to operate1 min read . Updated: 22 Mar 2020, 02:27 PM IST
- Trains, which commenced their journey prior to 0400 hours of 22 March will run up to their destinations
- Bare minimum suburban services and Kolkata metro rail will run till 11 pm, 22 March
NEW DELHI: The government has suspended running of all passenger trains till 31 March as it ups the ante to contain the rapidly spreading 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 passenger train services on Indian railways including premium trains, mail/express trains, passenger trains, suburban trains, Kolkata metro rail, Konkan railway etc shall be cancelled till the 2400 hours of 31.03.2020," an official statement said.
Bare minimum suburban services and Kolkata metro rail will continue to run till 11pm, 22 March. Thereafter, these services will also be stopped till 11pm, 31 March, it said.
"Trains, which had commenced their journey prior to 0400 hours of 22 March will run up to their destinations," the release said.
Governments, both at the centre and at the state level, have been forced to take extreme steps as more people fall sick to the deadly virus. There are 341 positive cases in India now, with six deaths.
Indian railways has been actively taking measures to discourage people from taking train journeys. Earlier during the week, it regulated services by cancelling several trains across the country.
“Avoid train travel, as you may get infected if your co-passenger has coronavirus. Postpone all your journeys and keep yourself and your loved ones safe," it said in a tweet on Saturday.
Coronavirus, which first erupted 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.