New Delhi: The Delhi government will allow shops selling essential items to operate round the clock so that there is no rush of people in the wake of the 21-day lockdown, Lt Governor Anil Baijal said on Thursday. In a joint digital press conference with Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that one case of coronavirus was reported in Delhi in past 24 hours taking the total number of such cases to 36. Also Read - '5 Fresh Coronavirus Cases in 24 Hours,' Says Arvind Kejriwal; Total COVID-19 Cases in Delhi Rise to 35

Also, concerned SDMs and ACPs have been directed to ensure shops selling groceries, vegetables and milk remain open and essential items are adequately stocked in their respective areas, Baijal said. Also Read - Lockdown Necessary, Don't Panic, Will Issue E-Passes, Says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal | 10 Points



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. Also Read - 'No New Case of COVID-19 in Delhi in Last 24 Hours,' Says CM Arvind Kejriwal

He said that among the 36 cases of virus infection, 26 people were those who returned recently from foreign countries and infected others.



He said despite a Mohalla Clinic doctor and his family testing positive for coronavirus, the centres will not be closed and all precautions are being taken.

“We will continue to conduct tests on doctors, paramedical staff who are engaged in treating COVID-19 patients,” the chief minister said.

The number of coronavirus cases climbed to 649 in India on Thursday and the death toll rose to 13.

The Delhi Police on Thursday directed all its personnel to allow persons and vehicles engaged in essential services to remain operational in the national capital while also listing out names of retailers and online delivery services that shall be allowed to function here, officials said.

All traffic, picket and beat staff have been briefed to allow the following retailers, operators and online delivery services to operate in Delhi.

This comes a day after the Delhi Police held a meeting with representatives of e-commerce websites and assured them help in ensuring smooth movement of essential services.

Zomato, Flipkart, Amazon, 24 Seven, Blue Dart, DTDC, Wow Express, Swiggy, Grofers, BigBasket, MilkBaasket, Dunzo, Big Bazaar, Snapdeal, Licious, Medlife, Pharmeasy, UrbanClap, Ninjacart, Honsa Conumer Pvt. Limited, Healthians Diagnostics, Delhivery Pvt Limited, Nutrimoo Milk Dairy, More Retail Limited, Easyday, Jabong, Myntra, Spencer’s, Reliance Fresh, Jubilant Food Works, Foodpanda, Faaso’s, Pizza Hut, Uber Eats, Needs Supermart Pvt Limited, 1MG, Dr. Lal Path Labs, Max-Path, Satvacart, Iifco and any other e-commerce retailers and operators have been allowed to function in the national capital, according to police.

Police have also set up a platform for e-commerce websites where they can share the problems faced by them so that the police can help in solving the issues.

Delivery agents of e-commerce websites are also being given movement passes, police said.

The move comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a complete lockdown across the country for 21 days from Tuesday midnight, asserting that social distancing is the only way for the country in its decisive battle against the coronavirus outbreak.

(With PTI Inputs)