DELHI is under lockdown till end of March: domestic flights will operate from the Union Territory: essential services remain unaffected

Delhi is locked down from Monday, March 23 till March 31 in view of the growing coronavirus threat, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced at a joint press conference with Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Sunday. Earlier, with the ringing of bells, blowing conch shells, beating metal plates and clapping hands, people across the country thanked those in the frontline fighting coronavirus. The clanging sounds rang in the air as the clock struck five and people came out in balconies, lawns and terrace following an appeal by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to show solidarity with doctors, nurses and others involved in providing essential services. PM Modi on Sunday thanked people for expressing their gratitude towards those at the forefront of the fight against coronavirus outbreak. “The country thanked each person who led the fight against the coronavirus. Many thanks to the countrymen,” Modi wrote on Twitter.       The lockdown in Delhi will continue till 12 midnight on March 31, Kejriwal said. During the lockdown, no public transport will operate and Delhi’s borders will be sealed but the essential services related to health, food, water and power supply will continue. Dairies, grocery shops, chemists and petrol pumps will remain open but persons associated with essential services will be allowed to go to their destinations during the lockdown. . “We know people will face difficulties, but lockdown is necessary to contain the spread of coronavirus,.” he said adding that six of the total cases reported in Delhi were locally transmitted. Delhi’s neighbouring states Haryana and Uttar Pradesh were virtually under lockdown to contain spread of COVID-19. Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath announced all inter-state bus services from the state to Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Nepal remain suspended. Congress President Sonia Gandhi urged the people not to panic. Government should provide adequate relief to the affected people, she added in a tweet. (image courtesy to The Tribune)

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