20 Coronavirus hotspots identified, sealed in Delhi; masks mandatory

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20 Coronavirus hotspots identified, sealed in Delhi; masks mandatory
20 Coronavirus hotspots identified, sealed in Delhi; masks mandatory

New Delhi : 20 coronavirus hotspots in Delhi, including the famous Sadar Bazar, will be sealed from Thursday till further notice, announced Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. He assured that the essential items will be delivered by the government in these areas.

Other than this, the government has made face masks compulsory for people stepping out of their homes in rest of the national capital. Delhi has recorded 576 positive coronavirus cases till date, no new case has been reported in last 24 hours.

The 20 hotspots to be sealed include Markaz Masjid and Nizamuddin Basti, Dwarka's Shahajahanabad society, parts of Mayur Vihar, Patparganj, Malviya Nagar, Sangam Vihar, Seemapuri, Vasundhara Enclave and Dilshad Garden.

The popular Bengali market near Connaught Place was also sealed today after three local residents tested positive for coronavirus. Tomorrow, the market would be open for a limited time, sources said.

The decision to seal 20 hotspots has been taken in an emergency meeting of Delhi ministers headed by CM Arvind Kejriwal.

"Wearing of facial masks can reduce the spread of coronavirus substantially. Therefore, it has been decided that facial masks will be compulsory for anyone stepping out of their house. Cloth masks will be eligible too," Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said this evening.

Earlier this week, the Union government had asked healthy people to use face masks when stepping out. 

"It is suggested that such people who are not suffering from medical conditions or having breathing difficulties may use the handmade reusable face cover, particularly when they step out of their house. This will help in protecting the community at large," the Union health ministry had said.