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Maharashtra mulls halting of Delhi trains, flights amid rising Covid cases

This is one of the measures being considered by the state to curb the spread of coronavirus
Suspension of flight services is one of the steps being considered by the Maharashtra government to prevent the spread of Covid-19

Our Bureau, Agencies   |   Mumbai   |   Published 21.11.20, 04:11 PM

The Maharashtra government is contemplating the suspension of flight and train operations from Delhi amid the surging cases of Covid-19 in the city, a senior official informed on Saturday.

This is one of the several measures being considered by the state to curtail the spread of coronavirus in Maharashtra, he said.


"Various measures are being discussed in order to curb the virus spread in the state, and suspension of train and flight operations to and from Delhi is one of them," said Principal Secretary Sanjay Kumar.

"However, no decision has been taken so far on this," he added.

According to sources, a recent meeting in Mumbai discussed the steps that could be taken to avert the spread of Covid-19 from people entering Maharashtra from states that are reporting a spike in the number of infections.

The state’s Covid-19 caseload shot up to 17,68,695 on Friday with 5,640 new cases being reported during the day while the death toll stood at 46,511.

On the other hand, Delhi recorded 6,608 new infections on Friday, taking the tally to over 5.17 lakh. The death toll went up to 8,159 with the addition of 118 more fatalities during the day.

In a recent report, the National Centre for Disease Control had said that Delhi should prepare itself for about 15,000 new daily cases in view of the respiratory problems related to the upcoming winter season, festive gatherings and the huge influx of patients from outside states.

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