Arvind Kejriwal Seeks To Shut Delhi Markets Emerging As Covid Hotspots

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said that his government has sought the Centre’s go-ahead to allow it to shut for a few days markets that may emerge as COVID-19 hotspots amid a coronavirus surge in the national capital. The state is also looking at reducing the number of people allowed for weddings back to 50.

Mr Kejriwal’s remarks come a day after his government said that the city would not be put under another lockdown, adding that a third wave of COVID-19 had already peaked out.

“Since cases are rising in Delhi, we are sending a general proposal to the Centre so that, if required, the state government can shut for a few days those markets where social distancing norms are not being followed and they are on the verge of becoming local COVID-19 hotspots,” Mr Kejriwal said in an online media briefing today.

I hope the crowd in the markets will thin out and there will be no need to close them, he added. 

“Delhi had allowed up to 200 people at weddings, in keeping with the Central government guidelines. But now we have decided to go back to the earlier limit of 50 people. I have sent a proposal to the Lieutenant Governor for approval. I hope he gives permission soon,” Arvind Kejriwal said.

Mr Kejriwal also thanked the central government for helping Delhi in “such a difficult time”. I especially want to thank the Centre for providing 750 ICU beds, he said appealing to people to wear masks and follow social distancing norms.

“During Diwali, we observed that many people weren’t wearing masks or following social distancing while shopping. People think it (COVID-19) will not happen to them. I request you with folded hands that the Coronavirus disease can happen to anyone, and can turn fatal,” the chief minister said.

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