New Delhi: Even as Mumbai-the country’s financial capital-along with some other cities in Maharashtra, is all set to witness a near-lockdown amid growing coronavirus scare, the national capital, too, will witness a series of additional measures to contain the spread of the infection. Also Read - Coronavirus: Youth Suspected of Infection Commits Suicide by Jumping Off Delhi Hospital Building
The development came as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday announced a slew of additional steps even as number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country crossed the 200-mark. Also Read - COVID-19: Shopping Malls Wear Deserted Look as Coronavirus Cases Climb to 10 in Delhi
As part of the measure, all shopping malls in the capital will be shut with immediate effect; grocery stores, pharmacies and vegetable shops in malls, however, will remain opened.
“In view of the prevailing situation, we are closing down all malls (except grocery, pharmacy and vegetable shops in them),” the Chief Minister tweeted today.
The steps announced today are in addition to the ones announced by him on Thursday, in which he said that all restaurants in the city would be closed till March 31. He had also announced a ban on gatherings of more than 20 people.
For the time being, however, home delivery and takeaway facilities would continue in restaurants extending these services, he had also announced.
Delhi has thus far witnessed 14 positive cases of novel coronavirus, including the death of a 68-year-old woman, who became India’s second casualty due to COVID-19.