Delhi Lockdown: Arvind Kejriwal seeks to shut markets emerging as COVID-19 hotspots

The Delhi government has sent a proposal to Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal to roll back its decision to allow public gathering of 200 people and restricted the number to 50 now

Press Trust of India November 17, 2020 13:38:58 IST
Delhi Lockdown: Arvind Kejriwal seeks to shut markets emerging as COVID-19 hotspots

File image of Arvind Kejriwal. ANI

New Delhi: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday sought power from the Centre to impose lockdown in those market areas which may emerge as COVID-19 hotspots, and decided to withdraw an order allowing 200 guests to attend wedding functions.

Addressing an online media briefing, Kejriwal said the Delhi government has sent a proposal to Lt Governor Anil Baijal to allow only 50 people to attend wedding functions against the earlier limit of 200.

He said the Centre and all agencies are making "double efforts" to control the COVID-19 situation in the National Capital.

"We are sending a proposal to the Centre to give power to the Delhi government to impose lockdown in market areas which may emerge as COVID-19 hotspots," the chief minister said.

Kejriwal also thanked the central government for helping people of Delhi in "such difficult times" and appealed to Delhiites with folded hands to wear masks and follow social distancing norms.

Delhi has witnessed a spurt in coronavirus cases since 28 October when the daily rise breached the 5,000-mark for the first time and it crossed the 8,000-mark on Wednesday.

On Thursday, 104 coronavirus -related deaths, the highest in over five months, were recorded in the city.

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