Coronavirus outbreak: ‘Will lockdown Delhi if required’, says Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said that the government has not imposed lockdown for now, but it may consider doing in future if required as the number of coronavirus cases in the national capital crossed 20.

“No gathering of more than five people will be allowed in Delhi. In places where it is unavoidable, maintain a distance of one metre,” Kejriwal said.

He also announced free ration to over 18 lakh families who are dependent on Delhi Govt’s ration scheme. “Each person will now get 7.5kg ration instead of 5kg,” he added.

“Pension for elderly, widows, specially-abled being doubled in view of coronavirus outbreak,” Kejriwal said.

“For the homeless, we are arranging lunch and dinner in all our night shelters. This will be open for all,” he added.

“Rs 4000- 5000 pension will be paid to 8.5 lakh beneficiaries by April 7 and free rations, with 50% more quantity than normal entitlements, to 72 lakh beneficiaries,” the chief minister said.

Kejriwal appealed to all senior citizens to stay indoors as far as possible. “As the most vulnerable group, we need to take special care so that you remain free from infection. I urge you to skip your morning/evening walks for the time being,” he added.