India bans entry of international commercial passenger flights from March 22 for a week

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New Delhi: Passengers wear masks in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, at Indira Gandhi International Airport, in New Delhi, Monday, March 16, 2020.  (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Passengers wear masks in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, at Indira Gandhi International Airport, in New Delhi, Monday, March 16, 2020. (PTI Photo)

India has banned entry of all international commercial passenger flights from March 22 for one week. An official statement said, State Governments will issue appropriate directions so that all citizens above 65 are advised to remain at home.

It excludes public representatives, Government Servants and Medical professionals. Similarly, all children below 10 should be advised to stay at home and not to venture out.

Railways and Civil Aviation will suspend all concessional travel except for students, patients and divyang category.

States are being requested to enforce work for home for private-sector employees except those working in emergency or essential services.

To reduce crowding all Group B and C Central Government employees will be asked to attend offices on alternate week and staggered timings for all employees.

Some 60 Indian students stranded at the Singapore International Airport in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak arrived here on Thursday night, much to the relief of their family members.

The students, most of them from Maharashtra, arrived at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in a Singapore Airlines flight.

Some 40 of these students are from Maharashtra, while the rest are from other states, said a relative of one of the pupils.

Flight operations have been disrupted all over the world in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic which has hit more than 150 countries.

(PTI)