Coronavirus Lockdown | Ghaziabad seals border with Delhi amid rising COVID-19 cases
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid the surging coronavirus cases in the country, the district administration in Ghaziabad on Monday once again ordered sealing of its border with Delhi.
In a statement, the district officials said that people, who will have an authorisation pass, will only be allowed to enter Ghaziabad from Delhi.
"In Ghaziabad district, there is an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the last few days. A large chunk of these cases are linked to those who travel between Delhi and Ghaziabad," the district administration said in its order, as reported by NDTV.
"Hence, on the recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer, the district administration has decided to block the Delhi-Ghaziabad border," it further read while adding that the sealing will be as strict as it was during lockdown 2.
According to the order, doctors, paramedical staff, police and bank employees won't need passes to cross the border. "Heavy vehicles, cargo vehicles, vehicles related to banking services and other essential services will be allowed to cross the border without any pass or questioning," it read.
The Ghaziabad-Delhi border was sealed in April. However, it was reopened later after the situation improved. So far, Ghaziabad has reported 227 confirmed cases of the highly contagious coronavirus.
Talking about Delhi, the national capital has been a hotspot of the dreadful COVID-19 virus and has reported over 13,000 cases and more than 250 deaths, as per the latest data available at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Amid the alarming spike in coronavirus cases, Delhi Chief Minister Arvid Kejriwal said that the situation is "under control" in the national capital, adding that he would be concerned only if two things happened -- either there is a significant increase in fatalities or the city's health care system collapses due to spike in COVID-19 cases.
Kejriwal said that he was expecting a slight increase in COVID-19 cases when several relaxations were given in fourth phase of lockdown.
"It has been one week since the (fourth phase) lockdown began. After one week, I can say that the situation is still under control and there is no need to panic," he said, adding that there has been a slight increase in COVID-19 cases but it is not matter of concern.
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma