India bans all international passenger flights from 22 to 29 March; private sector employees to work from home, Centre tells states
The central government said the railways and Civil Aviation Ministry must suspend all concessional travel on trains and flights, except for students, patients and disabled people
New Delhi: Amid coronavirus pandemic, India on Thursday announced it will not allow any international commercial passenger aircraft to land from 22 March to 29 March.
The central government said the railways and Civil Aviation Ministry must suspend all concessional travel on trains and flights, except for students, patients and disabled people.
"Similarly, all children below 10 should be advised to stay at home and not to venture out," it added.
The Centre has requested states to enforce work from home for private sector employees, except for those working in emergency and essential services.
"State governments shall issue appropriate directions so that all citizens above 65 (other than for medical assistance) except for public representatives or government servants or medical professionals are advised to remain at home," the government statement noted.
To reduce huge gatherings, all group B and C category of central government employees will be asked to attend offices on alternate weeks, and there will be "staggered timings" for all employees.
With these additions, the tally of COVID-19 cases in the state rose to 65,27,629, while the death toll increased to 1,38,616 and the number of recoveries shot up to 63,44,744.
Of the total 309 new deaths, 143 have been reported from Kerala alone
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