India won’t allow int’l commercial flights to land in its airports

India, as part of its escalated measures to fight against the spread of Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), would not allow the landing of all commercial international passenger aircraft in the country from March 22.

“No scheduled international commercial passenger aircraft shall be allowed to land in India from March 22, 2020 for one week,” said an official announcement here this afternoon hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation.

Besides, the central instructed states to enforce work-from-home protocol for all private-sector employees, except essential services to prevent the spread of the pandemic that had claimed 8,000 lives and infected more than two lakh people worldwide.

“States are being requested to enforce work from home for private-sector employees except for those working in emergency/essential services,” the statement read.

The government advised its citizens above 65 to stay at home unless they are public representatives or doctors or government employees. It also asked people to keep children below 10 at home.

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

All group B and C central government employees have been asked to attend office on alternate weeks, with staggered timings, according to the announcement.

India is currently struggling with stage-2 of the Covid-19 outbreak, with a total of 169 positives cases and four deaths. The latest death has been reported from Punjab, which had two positive cases of covid-19, according to health ministry sources.

The fourth victim, a known case of diabetes and hypertension, is a 70-year- old man. He had a travel history in Germany and Italy.

Mridha Shihab Mahmud

Mridha Shihab Mahmud is a writer, content editor and photojournalist. He works as a staff reporter at News Hour. He is also involved in humanitarian works through a trust called Safety Assistance For Emergencies (SAFE). Mridha also works as film director. His passion is photography. He is the chief respondent person in Mymensingh Film & Photography Society. Besides professional attachment, he loves graphics designing, painting, digital art and social networking.
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