Section 144 in Delhi, govt begins marking houses of those in home quarantine1 min read . Updated: 22 Mar 2020, 06:41 PM IST
- India has so far reported 341 confirmed cases, of which Delhi accounts for 26
- Delhi has shut down schools, colleges, malls, gyms, restaurants and other public spaces till 31 March
NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government on Sunday began marking houses of those in home quarantine for Covid-19 to caution people around. Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal also appealed to residents of the city to not venture out following the end of 14-hour long Janata Curfew.
The Delhi police confirmed that Section 144 of the CrPC (prohibiting assembly for four or more people) will come into force from 9pm on Sunday and will continue till 31 March. This move comes after the central government advised states to place 75 districts, that have reported cases of Covid-19, allowing only essential services.
India has so far reported 341 confirmed cases, of which Delhi accounts for 26.
“Delhi government is marking all homes with persons advised to home quarantine. I appeal to all not to stigmatize such families. Please be empathetic and supportive towards them. The marking is aimed only at cautioning others for their own safety," Kejriwal said on Twitter.
“The Prime Minister has announced the Janata Curfew till 9 pm. We all have to follow it. My request to everyone is not to leave the house even after 9 o'clock today. Stay indoors in the coming days as well," he said.
The Delhi government has already shut down schools, colleges, malls, gyms, restaurants and other public spaces till 31 March.
“Yes, the government has an important role to play. We are taking all steps necessary to save lives and will lockdown where required. We are boosting our healthcare, providing relief to those hurt by the economic fallout. But as citizens, it is our duty to ensure minimal social interaction," Kejriwal said.
Since it was first reported in China's Wuhan, the disease has affected 311,988 people globally, with death toll at 13,407. Close to 94,000 have recovered so far.