New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: As the lockdown in Delhi began today as part of the government’s efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus in the national capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday appealed to the people to “join the fight against the COVID-19” virus.

"The lockdown in Delhi begins today. My dear Delhiites, you faced troubles and contributed in fight against pollution whenever odd-even was implemented. You embraced the massive campaign against dengue. I am pretty confident that you will join this fight against COVID-19 and support the lockdown to protect your families," he tweeted in Hindi.

Kejriwal later said in a statement that the situation in the national capital was under control and also asked citizens to follow the lockdown. 

The total number of coronavirus cases in the national capital on Sunday increased to 30, even as the Delhi Health Department issued an order saying people violating the prescribed norms shall face punishment.

These 30 cases include six people from outside the city -- two from Kolkata and one each from Jammu, Punjab, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh. The total number of coronavirus cases in the national capital has thus risen to 30, the department said in a statement.

Out of the total 30 cases, five were discharged, one died earlier and one migrated out of the country.

The lockdown will continue till midnight on March 31, Kejriwal said at a joint press conference with Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Sunday evening.

No public transport will operate and Delhi's borders will remain sealed during the lockdown, but the essential services related to health, food, water and power supply will continue, he said but added that 25 percent of the DTC buses will run to transport people associated with essential services.

He informed that all domestic and international flights were being suspended in Delhi.

Dairies, milk plants, grocery shops, chemists and petrol pumps, ATMs, e-commerce services of essential items like food and medicines will remain open, he said.

The death toll due to the novel coronavirus pandemic rose to seven, while the total number of cases soared to 396 as fresh cases were reported from various parts of the country on Sunday.

Over 80 districts across 17 states have announced complete and partial lockdowns, along with restrictions in vehicular movements to curb the spread of the deadly virus, which has so far claimed over 14,500 lives globally.  

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta