No International Flights To Be Allowed To Land In India, States To Enforce Work-From-Home For Private Sector

by Gizel Menezes
No International Flights To Be Allowed To Land In India, States To Enforce Work-From-Home For Private Sector

In a slew of stringent precautionary measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the Government of India, today, has issued an advisory that has further tightened rules for international passengers coming to India. The Government also released other guidelines for senior citizens, minors as well as the private sector.

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What Are The Measures Prescribed By The Indian Government To Contain The Virus?

The Government in its statement has announced that no international flights will be allowed to land in India from March 22 onwards for a week.

It also advised citizens above 65 years of age to stay at home unless they are public representatives or doctors or government employees. Similarly, children below 10 years of age are also advised to stay at home and not venture outside.

Railways and airlines have been asked to suspend all concessions on travel except those for students, patients and persons with disabilities.

The Government has also asked all States to enforce work-from-home policies for the private sector, except for emergency and essential services.

As for its own employees, the Centre has asked all Group B and Group C central government employees to attend offices on alternate weeks and has staggered timings for all its employees.

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Current Corornavirus Statistics In India

While the government had already suspended all international tourist visas till April 15, this severe step comes at a time when India is grappling with the rising numbers of COVID-positive cases in the country. The number now stands at a frightening 173 after 18 fresh cases were reported from various parts of the country. The fourth coronavirus-related death was reported in Punjab today. The deceased was a 70-year-old man with a travel history to Germany.

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India is currently at Stage 2 of the coronavirus outbreak, which means the spread through local transmission can be traced. The Health Ministry has said there is no evidence of community transmission in India yet.

Schools, colleges, theatres, malls and shopping areas across India have been shut down. In cities like Gurgaon and Mumbai, gatherings of more than 50 have been banned. Social distancing as a tool to stop or slow down the rate and extent of transmission in a community has been advised by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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