All inter-state buses, passenger trains and metro services have been suspended across the country till March 31 while 75 districts, where coronavirus cases were reported, have been completely locked down as authorities undertook extraordinary measures to check the spread of the disease. The list includes all seven districts of the national capital.
The decisions were taken at a high-level meeting of chief secretaries of all states and the cabinet secretary and the principal secretary to the prime minister, officials said on Sunday.
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The districts where lockdown was announced are from states that include Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. State governments will issue orders allowing only essential services to operate in these 75 districts with confirmed COVID-19 cases or casualties, a Union Home Ministry official said.
The officials stressed that these steps were vital to end the chain of transmission.
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On Sunday, the clanging sounds rang in the air across India as the clock struck five and people came out in balconies, lawns and terraces following an appeal by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to show solidarity and express gratitude to doctors, nurses and others involved in providing essential services, as the country observed an unprecedented 'Janta Curfew' to check the spread of the virus.
The clapping continued for several minutes.