SHOPS selling essential commodities will be functional in Delhi for 24 hours: drive against lockdown violators continues

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IN the Union Territory of Delhi, shops selling essential items will be allowed to remain open for 24 hours daily for the convivence of the people during 21-day lockdown till April 14. Lt Governor Anil Baijal made the announcement at a digital press conference with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday, 26 March 2020.  Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that one case of corona virus was reported in Delhi in past 24 hours taking the total number of such cases to 36.The concerned SDMs and ACPs have been directed to ensure shops selling groceries, vegetables and milk a joint digital press conference remain open and essential items are adequately stocked in their respective areas, Baijal said.Kejriwal said that people are largely keeping indoors and the situation is “under control” but more caution was needed to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. Among the reported 36 cases of virus infection, 26 people were those who returned recently from foreign countries and infected others. Despite a Mohalla Clinic doctor and his family testing positive for corona virus, the centres will not be closed and all precautions are being taken. More than 180 cases were registered and 5,103 people detained on Wednesday for violating Government orders during the corona virus lockdown, Delhi police said.

The Delhi Police said  183 cases were registered under section 188 for disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant of the Indian Penal Code till 5pm.A total of 5,103 people have been detained under section 65 relating to obligatory on the part of the people to comply with reasonable directions of police officers, and 956 vehicles have been impounded under section 66 of the Delhi Police Act,. On Tuesday, 299 cases were registered and 5,146 people were detained. In total, 1,018 vehicles were impounded on Tuesday, according Delhi police. The police had to resort to stricter measures after a large number of people came out on streets on Monday defying the restrictions that had been imposed by the Delhi Government. Inter-state bus services to and from Delhi remain suspended.

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