As COVID-19 cases jump to 114, India heads towards shutdown
A resident wearing a facemask amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus walks past a graffiti of Buddha wearing facemask, in Mumbai on March 16, 2020. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP via Getty Images)
THE total number of positive COVID-19 cases in India jumped to 114 as on Monday (16), a health ministry official said.
New cases were reported from Odisha, Jammu&Kashmir, Ladakh and Kerala.
The total number of cases including 10 discharged, 3 cured and 2 reported deaths.
As part of stepping up the vigil, India prohibited travel of passengers from member countries of the EuropeanUnion, Turkey and UK to India with effect from March 18, 2020.
“No airline shall board a passenger from these nations to India with effect from March 18, 2020. The airline shall enforce this at the port of initial departure,” the health ministry said.
Besides, the country expanded compulsory quarantine for a minimum period of 14 days for passengers coming from/transiting through UAE, Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait from March 18, 2020.
India takes steps to close all educational establishments, gyms, museums, cultural and social centres, swimming pools and theatres.
“Students should be advised to stay at home. Online education to be promoted,” the health ministry said.
“Non-essential travel should be avoided. Buses, Trains and aeroplanes to maximise social distancing in public transport besides ensuring regular and proper disinfection of surfaces,” the ministry said.
As part of the preventive measure, restaurants were asked to ensure handwashing protocol and proper cleanliness of frequently touched surfaces. Ensure physical distancing (minimum 1metre) between tables; encourage open-air seating where practical with adequate distancing.
The country has asked private sector employers to allow employees to work from home wherever feasible.
“Meetings, as far as feasible, shall be done through video conferences. Minimise or reschedule meetings involving a large number of people unless necessary,” the health ministry said.