On Thursday, the Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, announced that all the cinema halls in Delhi will remain closed until the 31st March owing to the growing Coronavirus fears. In addition to this, colleges and schools where exams are not being held will also be closed until the end of this month.
As the novel Coronavirus outbreak make progress in the national capital, Kejriwal declared Coronavirus an epidemic and tweeted saying, “Delhi govt has declared Coronavirus an epidemic. We need to exercise abundant caution to contain the disease”.
Delhi govt has declared Coronavirus an epidemic. We need to exercise abundant caution to contain the disease. All cinema halls, schools, colleges in Delhi will be shut until 31st March, but exams will continue as scheduled. People are advised to stay away from public gatherings. pic.twitter.com/2vHyinNKAP— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 12, 2020
While addressing the media on Thursday, he said, “We are continuing the ongoing measures to check the spread of coronavirus in Delhi. Along with that, we have decided to close all the cinema halls and schools which are not having examination till March 31,”.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Pandemic is considered to be a “worldwide spread of a new disease”.
On Thursday, Delhi recorded its 6th confirmed COVID-19 case, and the patient is the mother of a 46 year old man who was tested positive for the Coronavirus. Officials said that the 69 year old woman was detected with the virus making her the 6th case of Delhi.
The elderly woman is being treated at the RML (Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia) Hospital. Her son has a history of travelling to Italy, Japan, and Geneva. They reside in West Delhi’s Janakpuri.
8 more members of their family were found to be asymptomatic.
In India, the total number of cases of COVID-19 infected people reached 73 according to the data shared by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Out of the 73, 56 are Indian nationals while 17 are foreigners.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the government is alert about the situation and urged the people to say “no to panic” and “yes to precautions”.
The global death toll of COVID-19 has crossed 4,600 with over 1.1 lakh confirmed cases of infections.