Coronavirus latest news: Coronavirus cases in India crossed 300 on Saturday with several people testing positive for the infection. In Kerala, 12 new cases were detected taking the state’s numbers to 49, while in Punjab it reached 13. The death toll due to highly contagious disease remains four 22 patients have recovered fully so far. Central and state governments are fighting to stop community transmission as they are moving to close all the places where possible gathering might take place. PM Modi, in a series of tweets, urged migrants not to travel to their hometowns warning them that such move could spread the highly contagious infection more. Meanwhile, the Gujarat government has decided to lockdown four cities – Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, and Vadodara till March 25. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said similar step could be taken in deemed necessary in the coming days. Kejriwal has ordered the closure of all shops, malls and other places that are prone to contagion with exceptions given to pharmacies and grocery stores. Delhi Metro services will not be available on Monday March 23 from 10 am to 4pm. Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray also has called for similar measures and a virtual lockdown in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Pimpri-Chinchwad has been called.
Indian Railways has notified that no passenger train will start from the station of origin from midnight to 10 pm on March 22 during the Janata Curfew. Airline companies as well have announced their reduced or complete disruption in their operations during the Janata Curfew. Indigo has said that it will be operational on only 60 per cent of its routes while Vistara and GoAir have also announced curtailment of their service to help the government in checking the spread of highly infectious Coronavirus.