New Delhi: With four deaths and over 173 positive cases as of Thursday evening, India has decided to ban all international flights from March 22 for one week to contain a further spread of the highly contagious disease. Also Read - Coronavirus in Maharashtra: 11 CISF Jawans Posted at Mumbai Airport Test Positive For COVID-19

In a statement, the central government announced, “No scheduled international commercial passenger aircraft shall be allowed to land in India from March 22 for one week.” Also Read - Coronavirus: Centre to Procure Over 10 Crore Hydrochloroquine Tablets

The statement also directed the Railways and civil aviation authorities to suspend all “concessional travel, except for students, patients and disabled persons” to contain the coronavirus transmission. Also Read - Anushka Sharma's Self-Trolling in THESE Before And After Pictures Leave Fans in Splits

It also asked the state governments to cooperate with the order and issue appropriate directions to all citizens above 65 years of age, except for public representative, government servants and medical professionals, to remain at home. Moreover, children under the age of 10 years have also been advised to stay at home and not venture out.

The steps came after India recorded 173 active Covid-19 cases, including 25 foreign national, as per the data provided by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Four people have succumbed to the dreaded virus so far – one each in Maharashtra, Delhi, Karnataka and Punjab.