New Delhi/Mumbai: It has been reported that the state government has issued orders to run the public transport services, local trains, buses and metro at half capacity. 50% of the employees in the government offices will be working on one day; hence employees will have to go to work once in two days. Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that more labs for Coronavirus testing would be opened in the state.
Standees will not be allowed in the Mumbai buses from Thursday, and at the same time, instructions have been issued to maintain a safe distance between two passengers. Hence, the number of buses will be increased for this purpose. 50% of the shops will be allowed to remain open and the markets will be allotted ward wise timings. Initiatives are being taken in other cities too to stop the pandemic. Owners of hair-cutting salons in Pune have decided to keep their shops closed. Ban has been imposed on inviting more than 50 guests for a wedding. Instructions have been issued that the restaurants should be kept closed till 31st March. There are 6,000 members of this organisation of Hotel owners in Mumbai and Delhi.
The number of Coronavirus cases in the country has crossed 150. Maharashtra has reported 43 cases. One soldier from the Indian army has contracted the disease, and thus, the army has cancelled all its programs following this report.
The number of cases around the world has crossed 200,000, and some other countries are facing a bigger threat of the pandemic than India. Against this background, concerns are being expressed over the safety of the Indians travelling abroad for various reasons and a question was asked in the Lok Sabha regarding this. While replying to the question, Minister of State for Health V. Muralidharan informed that 276 Indians in the foreign countries have contracted the disease.
Two hundred and fifty-five cases out of these are in Iran. Muralidharan also clarified that the total number of Indians in Iran is 6,000 and 1,100 people had gone to Iran for a religious pilgrimage. Twelve Indians in the United Arab Emirates and 5 in Italy have been infected with the virus. Whereas, one patient each has been reported from Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Kuwait and Rwanda.
Muralidharan also clarified that there are 5,700 suspected Coronavirus patients in the country and they have been placed under medical observation. It has also been revealed that 25 patients out of the 151 confirmed cases are from outside India.