Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had earlier ordered the capital city to be shut down till 31 March, but now, he has prevailed on the police to impose a near-curfew in Delhi from Tuesday onwards up to 31 March to prevent the coronavirus disease (COVID) outbreak from reaching the third stage (epidemic).
The Delhi state government, along with the centre, are taking stricter safeguard measures to check the spread of COVID, said Delhi Police spokesperson DCP Mandeep Singh Randhawa.
However, the police spokesman said, other law-and-order measures like shoot-at-sight won’t apply to this lockdown. The police will deal with those violating the lockdown and loitering around strictly, he said. They will be sent back home; if an outsider, the person will not be allowed to enter Delhi, said Randhawa.
Delhi citizen cannot venture out without ‘curfew pass’
A citizen of the capital city will need a pass to get out of the house during the curfew. This order will apply also to the media. All journalists, whether a reporter working in the field or an editor working in the office, must send a list of scribes who must venture out to the office of the district commissioner of police (DCP).
The DCP office will issue the passes. No media personnel will be stopped on Tuesday.
The pass is needed also for those in the national capital region (NCR comprising NOIDA, Ghaziabad, Gurugram and Faridabad) or anywhere outside Delhi who must cross the border and enter Delhi.
In the subsequent period, every adult in Delhi will need the pass.
City of the khaki
Delhi Police is now going to be stricter about the lockdown. It is putting up barricades across the city. Police can be seen everywhere in the capital now.
Action will be taken against those who leave the house without work, Randhawa said.
Chief minister issues strict orders
Earlier, Chief Minister Kejriwal had said that 30 cases of coronavirus had been reported in Delhi so far. Out of these, 23 people were those who had returned from abroad. Due to contact with these people, the chief minister said, seven more people got infected.
Kejriwal said that the situation was under control at the moment, but it could be terrible if caution was not taken in time.
“So, if people do not follow the lockdown, be prepared for strict action. It will be necessary to do this to save others,” the chief minister said.