New Delhi, March 20
The Delhi government on Friday ordered closure of all malls in the national capital in view of the COVID-19 threat, but exempted grocery and pharmacy stores in them.
“In view of the prevailing situation, we are closing down all malls (except grocery, pharmacy and vegetable shops in them),” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.
An official in the CM’s office said the order came into force with immediate effect.
In another tweet, the Chief Minister said all non-essential public dealing activities were stopped till March 31, adding that only essential public dealing activities would continue.
He said all non-essential staff was being directed to work from home while all permanent and contractual employees would be paid for this period.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister held a meeting with medical superintendents of all Delhi government hospitals.
“Had a meeting wid MSs of all Del govt hospitals. If corona spreads widely in future, our hospitals shud be prepared to deal wid such situation - all machines shud be working, adequate ventilators, adequate medicines n consumables, manpower etc,” he tweeted.
On Thursday, the total number of coronavirus cases in the national capital rose to 14.
According to the Health Ministry data, the COVID-19 cases in India rose to 195 on Friday after 22 fresh cases were reported from various parts of the country. PTI
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