India has introduced that each one visas, barring a choose few classes, shall be suspended for a month so as to halt the unfold of Covid-19.
Visa free journey afforded to abroad residents of the nation has additionally been suspended till 15 April.
The transfer is predicted to impression tourism, lodge and aviation industries in what shall be extra unhealthy information for the slowing economic system.
India has 60 confirmed circumstances of the virus, the well being ministry says.
This quantity is predicted to develop in coming days, because the outcomes for checks performed earlier develop into out there.
The advisory, issued on Wednesday evening, says that solely diplomatic, official, employment and mission visas shall be exempt from the present restrictions, which shall be reviewed once more in a month.
Nevertheless, it has stated that even these allowed in could possibly be topic to 14 days of quarantine and has warned in opposition to “non-essential journey”.
India’s well being ministry says it was among the many first international locations on the earth to organize for an outbreak of the respiratory sickness.
Nevertheless, there are considerations about whether or not the nation shall be absolutely geared up to stop and deal with an outbreak.
“It might be close to unattainable for India to pressure its residents into mass quarantine and hospitalise folks in numbers like China,” says the BBC’s Soutik Biswas.
The transfer can also be anticipated to badly hit a number of key sectors of India’s economic system.
India’s main home airline, IndiGo, has already stated that it expects it quarterly earnings to be materially impacted due to the virus.
The auto trade, which is a key financial indicator, has additionally warned that manufacturing could possibly be badly hit as 10% of its uncooked supplies come from China.
Moody’s additionally downgraded India’s anticipated progress to five.three%.