The Union Civil Aviation Ministry in a statement on March 23, said that all commercial airliners would have to cease their domestic operations with effect from midnight March 24, 2020, 23:59 (IST). The situation is likely to change on the midnight of April 14th, provided the Central Government does not extend the lockdown.
India also put a complete halt to the operations of international flights for a week from March 22. The decision was enforced in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic that has affected more than 300,000 people across the world.
An aviation ministry representative added that the travel restriction will not be applicable to cargo flights. It is essential to enforce travel restrictions in order to cut down the number of people getting infected due to the deadly coronavirus.
India is in the Second Stage of the Pandemic
With 492 confirmed cases, India is currently in the second stage of the pandemic, which means that the country so far only has cases of all those who were living abroad and came back to India.
To avoid/delay the third stage, when community transmission begins on a large scale, the government has implemented several measures. India has suspended all visas till April 15.
Lockdown of 80 Cities
After implementing Janta Curfew for a day on March 22, the Centre announced lockdown of 80 cities to enforce limited or no gatherings of people. The states going into lockdown till March 31 include those where coronavirus cases have been reported.
Stay Informed, Stay Indoors, Stay Safe!
The novel coronavirus is a new strain in the large family of coronaviruses (CoV) which was previously not identified in humans. CoV causes illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
(Curated by Ruchit Rastogi)