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Why India’s busiest rail network is being shut down Of Corona virus

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Why India’s busiest rail network is being shut down Of Corona virus

One of the world’s busiest urban rail systems will be shut down for ordinary commuters from Monday morning to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection in Mumbai, one of India’s most populous cities. Only government workers in “essential services” will be allowed to travel on a truncated service


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It is intuitively obvious that there’s a link between commuting with a lot of people and catching respiratory diseases. During the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, which killed some 18 million Indians, the railways “played a prominent part [in aiding the spread of the disease] as was inevitable,” according to an official report Mumbai trains are the fastest and surest way to spread the virus (if it is within the community) to the densest parts of the city,” she told me


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Others are not so sure about linking the spread of a pandemic to public transport systems. One study does not support the effectiveness of suspending mass urban transport systems to reduce or slow down a pandemic because, “whatever the relevance of public transport is to individual-level risk, household exposure most likely poses a greater threat He said data from China suggested that “household contact was an important means of transmission outside of Wuhan, suggesting that prolonged contact [with a sick person] increases the risk of transmission