Coronavirus: Mumbai’s Local Trains Suspended Till March 31 (Photo Credit: File Photo - PTI Image)
In the wake of novel coronavirus breakout, Indian Railways on Sunday announced the suspension of Mumbai’s local trains till March 31, 2020. Yes, you read it right. The local train services in Mumbai will remain suspended from March 22 midnight to March 31 midnight.
Nearly 80 lakh people use the suburban trains in Mumbai everyday, a Central Railway official said. "The Mumbai suburban rail network operates more than 3,000 services everyday, facilitating people to reach their workplaces," he said.
Moreover, the Indian Railways has suspended all its passenger services from March 22 midnight to March 31 midnight due to the COVID-19. However, only goods trains will run during the above mentioned period.
However, BEST bus services will continue in the metropolis to facilitate movement of staff of the essential services, a state government official said.
Meanwhile, the death count in India has reached 6 due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus in the country. The 6th death was reported from Bihar where a 38-year-old man lost his life due to the coronavirus.
On the other hand, in Mumbai, a 63-year-old patient lost his life in a private hospital. The patient had a chronic history of diabetes, high blood pressure, and ischemic heart disease. He developed acute respiratory distress syndrome. Importantly, this is a second death reported in Maharashtra due to coronavirus.
According to a recent report from Union Health Ministry, Maharashtra has reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases at 63, including three foreigners, followed by Kerala at 52 including seven foreign nationals.
It is worth mentioning here that the novel coronavirus, which originated in China, has claimed thousands of lives across the world. With no known cure so far for the coronavirus, the deadly disease has become a major issue for the entire world.
(With PTI Inputs)