Passengers await for transport outside Kolkata airport amid the nationwide lockdown. (Express photo)
Bengal reported its first coronavirus-linked death on Monday taking India’s death toll in COVID-19 cases to eight. The 55-year-old man was admitted at a private hospital in Kolkata and was tested coronavirus positive on Saturday.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged citizens to take the lockdown measures seriously to ensure everyone’s well-being. “I urge the state government to do the same,” he tweeted. The Ministry of Health also confirmed that the death of a Philippines national in Mumbai was not due to coronavirus but kidney failure, although the patient did test positive later.
In a slew of extraordinary measures to battle the coronavirus threat, which has claimed seven lives so far, the Centre has announced a complete lockdown in 19 States and Union Territories and partial curfew in four others. All passenger trains, inter-state buses and metro services across the country have also been suspended till March 31. Delhi, Jharkhand, Punjab, Chandigarh, Kerala, Meghalaya, and Nagaland have declared a statewide lockdown, exempting only essential services, while similar curbs were announced in a number of districts in Bihar, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
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New Delhi is also under lockdown till March 31 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Express photo/Amit Mehra)
Announcing measures in Delhi,Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lt Governor Anil Baijal told a press conference that Delhi will be on lockdown from 6 am Monday to midnight March 31. Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad will also suspend all but essential services.
Public transport, including private cabs such as Ola and Uber, the Metro, religious places, and international flights as well as construction will be suspended. Buses under the DTC will work at 25% capacity. State borders will also be sealed, allowing only those involved in essential services to cross over. Assembly of more than five persons has been outlawed.
Shortly after the Delhi government’s order, a spokesperson for the Central Civil Aviation Ministry clarified that the IGI Airport will continue to operate. “Domestic flights to and from IGI Airport, Delhi shall continue to operate and the Airport shall remain functional,” the spokesperson said.