The Ministry of Family and Health Welfare has announced the total number of sanctioned COVID-19 cases across India has grown to 107, including 17 foreign citizens, as on March 15 (noon). The deadly disease has increased beyond 12 times of the nation. Of these, 9 cases have increased while the deadly infection required the lives of two elderly victims — a 76-year-old Karnataka man and 68-year-old women from Delhi. Globally, the demise toll has reached 5,760. China, from where the virus developed throughout the world, has announced total 80,824 approved cases, including 3,189 losses.
Maharashtra reaches another case; number reaches 32
As per the Maharashtra Health Department, a 59-year-old woman has examined positive for coronavirus in Maharashtra. She had a travel memoir to Russia and Kazakhstan. With this, the total number of positive cases in the state rises to 32.
No tourist ventures till March 31: Mumbai Police
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Mumbai Police has issued an order prohibiting any tour — involving a group of people travelling together to a foreign/domestic destination — organised by private tour operators or otherwise, using powers u/s 144 CrPC, till March 31.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands shut tourism activities
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands administrations have decided to shut down tourism activities from March 17 till March 26. All tourists are advised to refrain from travelling to the islands from midnight till March 26, said a notification.
In the wake of coronavirus outbreak, Central and Western Railway on Saturday directed the withdrawal of blankets and curtains from AC coaches as they are not washed every day.
Other items in the bedroll, including bed sheets, towels, and pillow covers, are washed every day.
As per the extant instructions, curtains and blankets provided in AC coaches are not washed (after) every trip. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, blankets and curtains will be immediately withdrawn from service until further orders.”Passengers will be advised to bring their own blankets in their own interest. Some additional bedsheets will be kept for any exigencies,” Western Railway spokesperson Gajanan Mahatpurkar told news agency PTI.
The Central Railway has also instructed its personnel to intensively clean coach fittings as they are touched by thousands of passengers every day.These fittings include grab handles, door handles, door latches, entry door handles, seat guard, snack trays, window glass, a window grill, bottle holders, upper berth climbing stairs, electrical switches, charge points, etc. They will be cleaned with disinfectants, an official said.