New Delhi: As the number of coronavirus cases are on the rise in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday made wearing of facial masks compulsory for those who step out of their houses, saying that the use of mask can reduce the spread of coronavirus substantially. Also Read - Meet This Veterinarian Student From Delhi Feeding Stray Dogs Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

“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 mask shall be eligible too,” Kejriwal said. Also Read - 'Tracing, Treatment, Team-work And ....' : Kejriwal Reveals 5T Action Plan to Combat COVID-19 Spread in Delhi

Addressing a press conference, Kejriwal said that the government departments have been asked to stop all expenditures except salary. He said the government needs to cut expenses drastically considering the current revenue status. Also Read - Coronavirus: Delhi Government Seals Cancer Institute After Doctor, 9 Staffers Test Positive

The development comes after Kejriwal called an urgent meeting with his deputy Manish Sisodia, Health Minister Satyendar Jain and top officers on Wednesday evening to discuss measures to contain the COVID-19 spread.

On the other hand, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said some positive cases have been reported in Sadar area so the area has been sealed. “Total 20 hot spots have been identified in Delhi, nobody will be allowed to enter or exit from these areas,” he said.

He said that people stepping outdoors have to wear face masks compulsorily, otherwise action will be taken against those not following it.

As per updates, the total number of coronavirus cases in the national capital rose to 576, with 51 fresh cases and two deaths being reported in a day.

Earlier in the day, Kejriwal also had a meeting with MPs from the national capital on the coronavirus outbreak. During the meeting he said that all will have to fight the COVID-19 together.

“Discussed the issue of corona with Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs via video conferencing. Several MPs have given good suggestions which will soon be implemented by the government. We all will have to fight it together,” Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.