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Delhi under lockdown till March 31, says Delhi CM

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announces lockdown until March 31 in wake of coronavirus outbreak. Further, No public transport services including private buses, autos, e-rickshaws will be allowed in Delhi. Notably, All the private establishment will be shut, while the private sector will have to pay salaries to their employees during the lockdown, the CM assured.

However, Essential services exempted from lockdown and all private offices will remain closed but the employees – both permanent and contractual – will be considered to be on-duty. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused an extraordinary situation and calls for extraordinary measures. Sharing an significant announcement towards containing the spread of the virus, The CM added.

The CM stated no certificate will be required from the people if they move during the lockdown, which he announced for the capital city between March 23 and 31 to stop spread of coronavirus. In other words, “No certificate will be required to move across the city”. He stated at a press conference along with Lt Governor Anil Baijal.

Moreover, On the hoarding of masks and sanitisers, he said it is not just against the law but humanity. “We did 327 raids and 437 cases have been filed so far. We will be continuing raiding for hoarding,” he added. The CM also said taking preventive steps at this stage will be helpful.

The CM said of the total 27 cases reported in Delhi, six were locally transmitted from one person to another while 21 persons contracted it abroad. “We know people will face difficulties, but lockdown is necessary to contain the spread of coronavirus,” he asserted.

The CM, Gathering of more than five people will not be allowed and strict action will be taken if anybody violates the lockdown. “People coming out of their homes for essential things will not be asked anything and they will be trusted for which they would be coming out.”

Despite the same, We are providing 72 lakh people free ration, doubling pensions. In addition to this, I urge all employers to provide paid leave, incl to domestic helps. Not only is this a compassionate gesture, it is essential for our economy to survive, CM Arvind Kejriwal asserted.

(Author: Trilok Singh is with CEO here).

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