India is to ban international flights for a week as the country takes steps to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

In a Press Information Bureau release dated today, the government said no scheduled international commercial passenger aircraft shall be allowed to land in India from Sunday, March 22 for one week.

Yesterday, we reported how neighbouring Sri Lanka has taken similar measures.

Today’s Indian government notice also called for the greater adoption of home working by employees.

The release said:

"State Governments shall issue appropriate directions so that all citizens above 65 (other than for medial assistance) except for public representatives/ govt. servants/ medical professionals are advised to remain at home. Similarly, all children below 10 should be advised to stay at home and not to venture out. States are being requested to enforce work for home for private sector employees except those working in emergency/ essential services."