Railways appeals persons with co-morbidities

The Indian Railways on Friday appealed people to avoid travel on ‘Shramik’ special trains if they have co-morbidities like hypertension, diabetes and cancer.


This comes after reports of deaths in special trains being run to transport stranded migrant workers from different parts of the country.

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“It has been observed that some people who are availing this service have pre-existing medical conditions which aggravate the risk they face during the COVID-19 pandemic. A few unfortunate cases of deaths related to pre-existing medical conditions while travelling have happened,” Railways said in an appeal.

Besides asking people with co-morbidities to avoid travel, the Railways has also asked pregnant women, children below the age of 10 years and persons above 65 years of age to avoid travel by rail.

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“​In order to protect the vulnerable persons from COVID-19, in line with Ministry of Home Affairs, Order No 40-3/2020-DM-I(A) dated 17.05.2020, Ministry of Railways makes an appeal that persons with co-morbidities (for example – hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, immune deficiency conditions), pregnant women, children below the age of 10 years and persons above 65 years of age may avoid travel by rail, except when it is essential,” the appeal shared by Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal said.

The Indian Railways on Thursday said it has 3736 “Shramik’ special trains have been operationalised from various states across the country and around 50 lakh migrants have been transported in 27 days.

Coronavirus : In highest spike yet, India COVID-19

Coronavirus The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in India crossed the 1.25 lakh-mark on Saturday, while the death toll has topped the 3,700-mark as well. At 9:30 AM on this day, the COVID-19 tally in the country has reached 1,25,101 cases, which includes 69,597 active cases; 51,783 cured, discharged, or migrated patients, and 3,720 deaths.


According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, as many as 6,654 new COVID-19 cases and 137 deaths were reported in the country in the last 24 hours, marking a significant spike. In fact, this is the highest spike in India’s COVID-19 tally so far. The last highest jump was of a spike of about 6,088 cases yesterday, thereby marking three significant and consecutive highest jumps in the country’s COVID-19 tally.

Yesterday, the COVID-19 tally in India was nearing 1.2 lakh-mark, while the death toll had already topped the 3,500-mark. However, the recovery rate this morning stands at 41.39%, the Health Ministry informed.

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Maharashtra continues to be the epicenter of the coronavirus spread where the number of cases has witnessed an even large spike recently. According to the Health Ministry, Maharashtra has the highest number of cases with 44,582 positive cases of infection and 1,517 deaths.

Notably, Mumbai, the financial capital of the country, has become the hotbed of the coronavirus spread in the state where the number of cases has crossed the 27,000-mark and the death toll has topped the 900-mark as well. At 9:30 AM on this day, the COVID-19 tally in Mumbai showed 27,251 cases and 909 deaths.

One of the real challenges in Mumbai is controlling the disease contamination in Asia’s biggest slum — Dharavi, which is an extremely densely-populated region.

Maharashtra is followed by Tamil Nadu with 14,753 cases, which overtook Gujarat due to a recent massive spike in the number of cases. Gujarat is third on the list with 13,273 cases.

After Gujarat comes Delhi, where the COVID-19 figure stands at 12,319 with 5,897 patients recovered and 208 fatalities. Rajasthan has reported 6,494 cases of which 3,680 have recovered and 153 patients are dead.

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Madhya Pradesh has reported 6,170 positive cases so far of which 3,089 patients have recovered and 272 patients have lost their lives due to the virus. In Uttar Pradesh, as many as 5,735 people have confirmed

In Kerala, which reported the country’s first COVID-19 case, 733 people have been detected positive for coronavirus so far.

As the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak continues to spread like wildfire in India, the central and state governments are respectively amping up all of their efforts to check potential contamination.

The Union Home Ministry had on Wednesday dropped domestic air travel from the list of prohibited activities during the ongoing lockdown over COVID-19, as the government announced the resumption of services from May 25.

On the other hand, the Indian Railways has stated that it will run 200 non-AC passenger trains from June 1. These new trains will be plying in addition to the ‘Shramik Special’ trains and air-conditioned special trains which are carrying passengers from Delhi to 15 major cities

Coronavirus: 42,836 confirmed, 1,389 deaths in India

The death toll due to COVID-19 crossed 1300 on Monday with the number of infected cases rising above 42,000 in the country, according to the Union Health Ministry.


As per the latest update provided by the ministry, the number of active COVID-19 cases in India stands at 29,685 as 11,761 people were cured and discharged, and one patient migrated.

A total of 42,836 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported in India so far with 1,389 deaths. This included 111 foreign nationals who have been infected with the virus.

In the last 24 hours, 2573 new cases and 83 deaths have been recorded across the country.

Maharashtra remains the worst-affected state with 12,974 cases and 548 deaths. 2115 people have been cured and discharged in the state, the data provided by the Centre said.

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Gujarat is just behind Maharashtra in terms of both the number of cases and fatalities. As per the data provided by the Union Health Ministry, 5,428 people are confirmed to have contracted the virus while 290 have succumbed to the disease.

elhi has reported 4,549 cases of coronavirus with 64 deaths and 1362 people have been discharged after the treatment, the data on the MoHFW website showed.

Madhya Pradesh has a total of 2942 positive cases including 798 patients recovered/discharged and 165 fatalities.

The Centre last week announced the extension of nationwide lockdown for two weeks. The third phase of lockdown started on Monday and will continue till May 17. The nationwide started on March 25, a day after the announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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The Centre has eased restrictions in this period, based on the risk profiling of the districts of the country into red (hotspot), green and orange zones.

The guidelines have permitted considerable relaxations in the districts falling in the green and orange zones.

While some states have decided to abide by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs‘ guidelines to regulate different activities in the red, green, and orange hotspot zones based on risk profiling, some of the other states have decided to modify the pre-existing regulations to allow considerable relaxation. Many states have announced the opening of shops selling non-essential items like clothes, shoes, stationery, paan, cigarettes, and liquor.

All Visas to India Suspended Till April 15-Coronavirus

The government has suspended all visas to India as the cases of coronavirus in the country sharply spiked and the World Health Organisation declared it a pandemic. Altogether, 67 people in India are infected, a chunk of them are a group of tourists from Italy. The Union health ministry said all existing visas — except diplomatic, official, UN/International organizations, employment and project visas — will be suspended till April 15.


“This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure,” read a communique issued late Wednesday night after a meeting of a Group of Ministers headed by health minister Dr. Harshvardhan. Visa facilities had been partially suspended earlier from the COVID-19 nations, countries where the virus is on a rampage.

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Here are the Top 10 points in this big story:

  1. The World Health Organisation has declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic, meaning a disease that has spread worldwide and affected the huge number of people. In a series of tweets, the WHO said it was “deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity (of the virus), and by the alarming levels of inaction”.
  2. The government communique that announced the suspension of visas this evening, also said, “Visa-free travel facility granted to OCI cardholders is kept in abeyance till April 15th, 2020. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure”.
  3. It also said all incoming travelers, including Indian nationals from COVID-19 nations – China Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain, and Germany — after February 15, shall be quarantined for a minimum of 14 days.
  4. “International traffic through land borders will be restricted to designated check posts with robust screening facilities. These will be notified separately,” the communique read.

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  1. The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in India now stands at 67, with fresh cases reported in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Kerala, and Karnataka.
  2. Maharashtra has reported 10 cases of the virus – two of them in Mumbai and eight in Pune. More than 40 “First contacts” of five coronavirus patients have been placed under observation in Maharashtra.
  3. Three cases have been detected in Jaipur, two of the Italians and a third an Indian national who came back from Dubai.
  4. The coronavirus scare has forced the closure of schools and colleges in parts of the country. Delhi has shut its primary schools till March 31. Kashmir and Ladakh have shut its schools and colleges and the Indian Institute of Management has postponed its annual convocation.
  5. Health is a state subject, every state is taking its own measures. So to bring them under the Union Health Ministry and jointly deal with the coronavirus outbreak, the Centre has invoked Section 10 of the Disaster Management Act and asked all state to invoke Section 2 of the Epidemic Diseases Act.
  6. The Maharashtra government has banned ticket sales for the 2020 Indian Premier League opener between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. The match is scheduled to be held on March 29 and will be the first of the 13th season of the IPL which will continue till May 24 at various venues across the country.