Jammu, March 21 -- Heading towards a virtual lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus, authorities in Jammu on Friday ordered the suspension of all modes of public transport, including buses and mini-buses with immediate effect till further orders.

However, auto-rickshaws and taxi operators were allowed to continue their operations with a rider not to carry more than three persons.

Issuing an order under the National Disaster Management Act, district magistrate, Jammu, Sushma Chauhan said all modes of mass public transport would cease to ply with immediate effect till further orders, except for State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) buses.

The SRTC buses would only ply on designated routes for the convenience of government employees ...