The Hush Post|3:27 pm|one-minute-read|
The railway board has decided to stop train services till March 31. Only goods trains will be operational. The suburban trains and the Kolkata Metro services will run till tonight.
The decision came after a dozen passengers who travelled in trains on March 13 and 16 were found to be COVID-positive.
Jharkhand has already written to the Railway Board asking that trains be stopped from entering the state till March 31. Meanwhile, two more Corona Virus linked deaths took place – one in Bihar and the other in Mumbai, taking the total number of deaths to six. There are 341 active coronavirus cases, the country’s nodal testing body Indian Council of Medical Research said on Sunday.
Crores across the country are observing a 14-hour self-quarantine or “Janta Curfew” recommended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
PM Modi has requested citizens to stand at balconies and near windows on Sunday evening to clap, ring bells to admire the emergency personnel and sanitation workers who are at the frontline in the fight against coronavirus.
Health experts said India’s cases have been growing at a rate seen during the early stages of the outbreak in other countries. Those countries too saw exponential increase in infections later.
Several states announced measures to curb the spread of coronavirus. State leaders urged citizens not to rush to villages, avoid crowding trains and buses to prevent the virus spread. Tensions have mounted, however, with angry laborers protesting at some bus stations against sudden closures of basic transport services.
Private events, such as weddings, and local elections have also been canceled.