The government banned on Thursday all international commercial flights from landing in India for a week starting March 22 and instructed states to enforce work-from-home protocol for all private-sector employees, except essential services, as part of a raft of measures aimed at staving off the coronavirus epidemic that has claimed four lives in the country.
The decision was taken after a meeting of the group of ministers (GOM) formed to monitor the outbreak, including Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Puri, health minister Harsh Vardhan, and external affairs minister S Jaishankar. Officials at the national aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), said about 300 incoming flights will be impacted.
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Meanwhile, Maharashtra government has announced lockdown in its four cities including Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Pimpri Chinchwad due to Coronavirus outbreak till March 31. Maharashtra currently has 52 COVID-19 confirmed cases. That is maximum in India while the national toll is at 195. As Maharashtra government has announced lockdown, all services barring essential ones will remain suspended.