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Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government today directed administration and police to take stern action against landlords and house owners if they force doctors, paramedical staff and health care personnel to vacate their rented residences amid coronavirus outbreak.

There were some reports that some doctors combatting deadly coronavirus disease were asked to leave their rented homes in the national capital.

Some doctors in temporary residences had been forcefully evicted by their landlords over infection fears, the Resident Doctor's Association of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi told Reuters.

"(They) are now stranded on the roads with all their luggage, nowhere to go, across the country," the association wrote in a letter to home minister on Tuesday, according to a report in Reuters.

Delhi's Health and Family Welfare Department today said that "such behaviour" of landlords amounts to obstructing public servant in discharging their duties.

"In view of the Delhi Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020 under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 for prevention and containment of COVID-19, all the district magistrates, zonal deputy commissioners of municipal corporations, district deputy commissioners of police are directed to take strict penal action against such landlords, house-owners under the relevant provisions of law and submit an action taken report on a daily basis to the office of additional chief secretary Home, Delhi government," Delhi's Health and Family Welfare Department said.

Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed the landlords to accept rents in installments if the tenant cannot instantly make arrangements. Delhi has so reported 30 COVID-19 cases. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country has risen to 562 today. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown in the entire country to deal with the spread of coronavirus.

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