Delhi-Maharashtra flights and trains likely to be suspended due to spike in COVID cases in the capital

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The skyrocketing COVID-19 cases in the national capital might compel the Maharashtra government to take strict measures to contain the virus from spreading in the state.

As per latest reports, the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government is planning to stop flights from Delhi to Mumbai. Further speculations are that the train services between the two metro cities could also be suspended.

Although these are just speculations at the time, sources in the Maharashtra government says that a formal order regarding the same will be issued soon

“We have been constantly reviewing the situation. In the wake of the high surge in Covid-19 cases in Delhi, we need to take precautionary measures to ensure that Maharashtra is not affected. There are very limited train and flight services currently operating between Delhi and Mumbai. The decision to either curtail the number of services or stop them entirely will be taken in due course,” Maharashtra chief secretary Sanjay Kumar said.

The capital has witnessed a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases after the festivities. After which there were speculations of a second lockdown in the capital. However, earlier on Tuesday, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia quashed all speculations and said there is no such plan of the government as of now.

Yesterday, the city had reported 7,456 coronavirus case, after which the total tally rose to over 5.1 lakh, while 98 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 8,041.

Delhi’s highest single-day spike till date — 8593 cases — was recorded on November 11 when 85 fatalities were recorded. Shockingly, on 18th of November, out of 586 Covid deaths in India, 131 were from.

Such alarming numbers are reason enough for states to take precautionary measures to control the spread of the virus. Testing centres have been set up in the borders of Delhi-Haryana and Delhi-UP and people travelling from Delhi are being tested randomly.

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