Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal today announced slew of measures to counter the rapid spread of novel coronavirus. He announced a complete lockdown from 6 am tomorrow till midnight of March 31.

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, added Kejriwal.

There are 27 cases in Delhi – 6 of them fall under the category of transmission, 21 had come from foreign countries, the Chief Minister said.

“As per the latest decision in the fight against coronavirus, it has been decided that metro services will remain completely closed till March 31, 2020,” DMRC said in a statement.

Offering a clarification on private offices, he said ” 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.”

Explaining the ramification of such a move, he said “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.”

As the number of coronavirus cases rose to 341 on Sunday Prime Minister’s Office advised states to issue appropriate orders to allow only essential services to operate in the 75 districts which have reported confirmed cases or casualties relating to COVID-19.

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