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20 Coronavirus Hotspots Sealed In Delhi, Masks Made Compulsory

20 Coronavirus Hotspots Sealed In Delhi, Masks Made Compulsory

Arvind Kejriwal held an emergency meeting today with the minister and officials of health department.

New Delhi:

Twenty coronavirus hotspots in Delhi - including the famous Sadar Bazar -- will be sealed, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced today, assuring that the government will ensure delivery of essential items in these areas. The full list of the 20 areas is yet to be released. The government also made face masks compulsory for people stepping out of their homes in the national capital, where 576 cases of coronavirus have been reported so far. 

The figure includes nine people who died and 21 who recovered. No case has been reported over the last 24 hours.

The decisions were taken at an emergency meeting held at the Chief Minister's  residence, which was attended by Health minister Satyendra Jain and his officials, and Manish Sisodia.

"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 masks will be eligible too," Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said this evening.

Earlier this week, the Union government had asked healthy people to use face masks when stepping out. 

"It is suggested that such people who are not suffering from medical conditions or having breathing difficulties may use the handmade reusable face cover, particularly when they step out of their house. This will help in protecting the community at large," the Union health ministry had said.

Mumbai today made masks compulsory, saying those caught without it will face strong action, including arrest. People have been asked to wear mask inside workplaces, public areas and even inside cars. 

Before Mumbai, Chandigarh, Nagaland and Odisha issued similar directions.