Mumbai's dabbawalas temporarily suspend services

Mumbai's dabbawalas temporarily suspend services

Subhash Talekar, spokesperson of Mumbai Dabbawala Association on said the service will remain suspended from Friday as a precautionary measure.

Talekar said Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has appealed not to crowd on local trains to contain coronavirus and hence responding to his appeal their association decided to suspend the tiffin delivery service.

Don't step out of homes unnecessarily: CM to Maharashtra

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday urged the people of the state not to step out of their homes unnecessarily to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Seeking people's cooperation in the "war against a virus", Thackeray said that after an appeal made by the government, the number of people visiting public places and using public transport system has gone down. He, however, said that it must stop completely.

"This is a war against a virus and we can win it with determination and not by getting frightened or creating panic," Thackeray said in his 10-minute-long televised address.

"People should not panic. But they should not step out of their homes unnecessarily...Crowding in public transport system has gone down, but it has to stop completely. We don't wish to take the drastic step of shutting down the public transport. But non-essential travel must stop," he said.

The medical staff, police personnel, NGOs, staff of public transport was working round-the-clock to deal with the situation, he said.