India will suspend all domestic passenger flights from 25 March in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

The national home-affairs ministry states on Twitter that all domestic scheduled airlines are to cease operations at 23:59 on 24 March. Airlines must “plan operations to land at their destination” before that time. There is no indication as to how long the suspension will be in place.

The restrictions will not apply to all-cargo flights.

India’s government had already banned all international flights from 22 until 29 March.

There are 425 confirmed Covid-19 cases in India and eight people have died of the disease there, according to data from Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Centre.