Coronavirus Pandemic | Delhi to be locked down from today, borders to be sealed

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal imposed a complete lockdown in the national capital.

By Aalok Sensharma
Updated: Mon, 23 Mar 2020 07:23 AM IST
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Coronavirus Pandemic | Delhi to be locked down from today, borders to be sealed

New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In wake of the coronavirus spread in the country, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal imposed a complete lockdown in the city-state and sealed the borders of the national capital.

Addressing a press conference along with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Kejriwal said that "extraordinary measures" are required to contain the spread of the new coronavirus after six locally transmitted cases surfaced in the national capital.

"We have decided to impose lockdown in Delhi from 6.00 am from Monday to 12 midnight of 31st March 2020," Kejriwal said, as quoted by news agency ANI.

"No public transport services including private buses, autos, e-rickshaws will be allowed during the lockdown period in Delhi. 25 per cent of the DTC bus fleet will continue to ply on roads of Delhi to carry people involved in essential services," he added. 

Kejriwal said that 27 cases of the deadly coronavirus have been surfaced in the national capital of which six of them fall under the category of transmission while 21 had come from foreign countries.

He added that grocery stores, bakery, hospital, medical store, petrol pump and other establishments providing essential service will continue to function during the lockdown period in the national capital.

"All private offices will remain closed but the employees - both permanent and contractual - will be considered to be on-duty. The companies will have to provide them the salary for this duration," the Delhi Chief Minister announced.

"During the lockdown in Delhi, no document or proof will be sought from a person if they say that they are out on streets to provide or avail any essential service," he added.

Kejriwal had also announced that all domestic flight would be banned in the national capital till March 31. The Centre, however, later said that all domestic flights to and from Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGA) shall continue to operate and the airport shall remain functional.  

The coronavirus has affected more than 300 people in the country so far and claimed the lives of seven people.

Looking at the alarming situation, Kejriwal had earlier announced that the gathering limit in the national capital has been reduced to five people.

Kejriwal also urged the people to discontinue their morning walks for some time in order to prevent the further spread of the highly contagious virus prevailing in the country.

He said that the Delhi government will provide free ration to the daily wage labourers, who are severely affected by the coronavirus curbs and losing their livelihood.

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