India Suspends Visas, Internal Flights to Curb COVID-19

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to climb across the world, surpassing three hundred thousand positive infections, some Asian countries have drafted and implemented stricter guidelines and measures to fight the pandemic in their localities.

The Government of India on Thursday announced a ban on all international passenger flights for a week starting March 22 in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Authorities have also called on senior citizens above the age of 65 to stay at home, and parents have been requested by local governments to keep children under the age of 10 at home.

India has so far reported 173 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease and an unfortunate four deaths. It started to implement temperature screenings on all persons arriving on international flights from March 3. The government has also temporarily suspended almost all travel visas starting March 13.

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