New Delhi: Delhi government issues directions prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 people along with order to close gymnasiums, nightclubs, theatres, weekly markets and spas in the city till March 31.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also urged people to postpone impending marriages, if possible. He also informed that all the weekly markets in Delhi will also be suspended till March 31.
Kejriwal said all the shopping malls should be disinfected daily and shall also make provisions of availability of an ample number of hand sanitisers at main entrance.
The special task force headed by Kejriwal has also ordered all the DMs and the SDMs to install hand wash dispensers across Delhi.
The Delhi Health Department has also issued an order regarding the announcements to deal with the coronavirus spreading.
The order, Kejriwal said, is extended to the protests in the city, including the Shaheen Bagh protest. Kejriwal said seven coronavirus cases were reported in Delhi, of which four are recovering in hospitals. "One death has been reported so far, while two persons have recovered," he said.
The Aam Aadmi Party government has already shut the schools, colleges, Anganwadis, cinema halls and public swimming pools to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The IPL matches and mass gathering of over 200 people were barred until now.
On shutting down the malls, Kejriwal said the government also have to see that "the essential commodity is not affected."
Kejriwal said the SDMs have the power to act against those not following the orders, as coronavirus has been declared an epidemic in Delhi and India.