India won’t allow international flights to land from Sunday

No international flights will be allowed to land in India from Sunday for a week, the Indian government announced on Thursday escalating measures to fight coronavirus.

The government also urged work from home for most and said those below 10 and above 65 should stay home, unless they are public representatives or doctors or government employees.

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

About 50 percent of the central government staff will work from home besides staggering working hours for its staff.

Across the country, schools, colleges, theatres, malls and shopping areas have been shut down in large parts. Religious gatherings and weddings have been put off for a while.

India has said that they are in stage 2 of the outbreak, which means the spread is through local transmission, which can be traced. The health ministry said there is no evidence of community transmission yet, in which it is hard to tell how the patient contracted the virus.

The coronavirus cases in India climbed to 173 on Thursday after 18 new cases were reported.

Globally, the virus claimed over 8,000 lives globally and infected more than two lakh, India had already suspended visas for the vast majority of foreigners seeking to enter the country.