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At the Ghaziabad-Delhi border, passes are asked for and identity cards are being looked at closely before allowing anyone to enter the district. Also Read - Coronavirus: After Goa, Now Manipur Claims to be COVID-19 Free | Highlights
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The sudden decision came after Ghaziabad witnessed a surge of 10 fresh cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours. The district administration in an order said, “In Ghaziabad district, there is an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the last few days. A large chunk of these cases is linked to those who travel between Delhi and Ghaziabad.”
“Hence, on the recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer, the district administration has decided to seal the Delhi-Ghaziabad border until further orders,” the order read.
The district administration had earlier ordered to seal its border with the national capital on April 26. According to the district administration on Sunday, 10 people tested positive for the virus in the district.
The administration said that people employed in essential services will be allowed. Doctors, paramedical staff, police, media personnel and bank employees will not need passes. Their identity cards will be enough.
Meanwhile, the officials of the third and fourth grade working with the central and Delhi government offices where 33 per cent attendance system is in place, would be required to produce temporary passes from their offices to gain entry into the district and their identity cards alone would not be considered.
The order also asked the government employees to enter Delhi before 9 AM and return to Ghaziabad after 6 PM.
(With Agency Inputs)