Punjab suspends public transport services amid coronavirus threat

The Punjab government on Thursday decided to suspend public transport service from March 20 midnight to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the state.

Buses, auto-rickshaws and tempos will not be allowed to ply in the state from midnight of Friday.

The decision was taken after a group of ministers met to review the state’s preparedness for the coronavirus pandemic.

The state government has also decided to restrict the public gathering to 20 from the existing 50.

All exams in Punjab government-run schools have also been postpone till March 31.

Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh had earlier appealed to religious organisations to keep gatherings under 50 in support of the government’s efforts to check the spread of coronavirus. 

“I appeal to all religious organisations to keep their gatherings under 50 persons & advise their followers to observe all health safeguards. As we launch a State-wide door-to-door awareness campaign tomorrow, let us all come together to prevent the outbreak of #Covid in Punjab,” Capt Amarinder had tweeted.