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12 passengers tested positive for Covid-19: Indian Railways | India News

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NEW DELHI: Twelve people, who have recently traveled on two different trains, have tested positive for the coronavirus, the Ministry of Railways said on Saturday.

While eight of the 12 passengers had traveled from Delhi to Ramagundam at AP Sampark Kranti Express on March 13, four had traveled by Godan Express from Mumbai to Jabalpur on March 16.

The ministry has asked people not to ride passenger and long-distance trains unless absolutely necessary.

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“The railways discovered that 4 passengers who traveled on Godan Express (Train 11055) from Mumbai to Jabalpur on March 16 at B1 Coach had a positive result for COVID-19 yesterday. They came to India from Dubai last week. All Interested parties have been alerted to take the necessary measures, “the Ministry of Railways tweeted.

“8 passengers who traveled in AP Sampark Kranti Express from Delhi to Ramagundam on March 13 tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday. Passengers are recommended to avoid trips not essential to the safety of fellow citizens,” he added.

In addition, the ministry said two passengers who were marked as mandatory quarantine were landed after it was discovered that they were traveling by Rajdhani train between Bangalore and Delhi today.

Several trains have been canceled in the wake of the coronavirus scare.

Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) announced on Friday that it will close its food stalls, snack halls, Jan Aahars and cell kitchens as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from Sunday.

Meanwhile, South Western Railway increased the cost of platform tickets from Rs 10 to Rs 50 until March 31, 2020, to stop overcrowding on railway platforms to contain the spread of the contagious disease.



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