The novel coronavirus has claimed three lives in India so far. Total positive cases have gone up to 142 after which various measures have been taken by the central government to prevent the COVID-19 from spreading further.
Platform tickets price rise in Delhi
As a precautionary measure, a press release has been released by Northern Railways, which states the rise in the price of platform tickets.
“Delhi Division has taken an initiative of increasing the price of platform tickets from Rs.10/- to Rs. 50/- per person from tomorrow i.e. 00:01 hrs. on 18.3.2020 at all important railway stations of Delhi Division, till further notice,” said the press release.
Dance bars, and night pubs to be shut by March 31: Maharashtra Government
Maharashtra government has asked the Mumbai Police to shut pubs, dance bars, discotheques, and similar establishments in the city till March 31, an official said. The state has reported 40 positive cases so far.
The entry of all foreign tourists ban in J&K:
The entry of all foreign tourists in Kashmir has been banned. The precautionary measure against the virus has been initiated by Shahid Choudhary, District Magistrate/Development Commissioner, Srinagar.
The first case registered in Bengal:
West Bengal reports its first case of Coronavirus. An 18-year-old boy with a travel history to the UK has been tested positive. He was admitted to Beleghata ID Hospital after he showed symptoms of Covid-19, a health department official said.
76 trains cancelled as coronavirus outbreak increases:
In a precautionary measure, the Indian Railways has cancelled 76 trains. According to officials, central railways cancelled 23 trains, south-central railways cancelled 29 trains, 10 trains were cancelled in western railway zone, 9 in southeastern railway zone and 5 in northern railway zone.
As per the guidelines, all the staff members have been instructed to wear facemasks and hand gloves. Further, the staff members have been instructed to wash hands regularly and avoid any contact with people having a cold or cough.
Air Asia flights to Delhi and Vishakhapatnam approved for stranded Indians at Kulala Lumpur airport: MEA
Air Asia flights have been approved by MEA from Delhi and Vishakhapatnam to bring back the Indians stuck at Kuala Lumpur Airport. “Appreciate the difficult situation of Indian students & other passengers waiting in transit at Kuala Lumpur Airport. We have now approved Air Asia flights for you to Delhi & Visakhapatnam,” said Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar Rai.
Chennai shuts all malls, theatres as a preventive measure:
The Chennai government has directed the closure of all colleges, schools, malls, theatres and shopping malls in the state as a precautionary measure against the virus.
Railways hike platform ticket prices, Thackeray announces no govt office to be closed:
The Western Railway and Central Railway have hiked platform ticket rates from Rs 10 to Rs 50. The step has been initiated after Mumbai Chief Minister said that public transport cannot be closed. However, it is expected that the hike in the prices will discourage unnecessary crowding at stations.
Uddhav Thackeray also said that no government offices will be closed. “Next 15-20 days are very crucial for us,” he said.
50 more labs to be set by the end of the week:
The Director-General of Indian Council of Medical Research Balram Bhargava said that 50 more labs will be activated by the end of this week. The health ministry while issuing fresh guidelines reiterated the importance of maintaining social distance and personal hygiene. The health ministry said that all private labs testing for the virus will ensure real-time reporting to IDSP and ICMR
Telangana reported its first case
Telangana reported another positive case taking the toll of confirmed cases in the state to 5. The new confirmed patient is an Indonesian will travel history from Delhi to Telangana.
India is still at Stage 2: ICMR
Earlier in the day, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said India is still at stage 2. As increased preventive measure an additional 49 laboratories under the government sector will be set up by the end of the week. “We already know that we are in stage 2. We are in not in stage 3, clearly,” said the ICMR.