All train services will be suspended till March 25, as per a railway announcement as part of steps to check the spread of the deadly Covid-19 virus. Across the world, the number of coronavirus-hit crossed three lakh. While this number was reached since the start in December, the first one lakh was reached in a month’s time, the second lakh in the next twelve days and the third lakh in a matter of a week—demonstrating the danger that lies ahead.
PM Modi has urged citizens to stand at balconies and near windows this evening and clap, as also ring bells to hail the field staff working to control the spread of the deadly virus, like sanitation workers.
Tweeted the PM: “Let us all be a part of this curfew, which will add tremendous strength to the fight against the COVID-19 menace,” Modi tweeted minutes before the curfew commenced. “The steps we take now will help in the times to come,” he said in the tweet.
WHAT HISTORY SAYS: SOME 1.60 CRORE DEATHS IN INDIA
DUE TO H1N1 VIRUS IN 1918-19
Around 1.60crore people had died in India due to the H1N1 virus spread around year 1918-20 – when the total population was in the range of only 30crore. The virus came from Europe’s military hospitals at the end of the World War 1, and was possibly brought in by Indian soldiers who fought for the British army in foreign soil.
SCENE IN ITALY:
In an announcement on Sunday via Facebook, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said all commercial activities in the country would be shut, other than essential services, with immediate effect. Italy reported 4,825 covid deaths, the highest in any country so far, and more than that of China. The number of confinements was 53,578 cases in a nation of just six crore people. IHN-NN