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India seals coronavirus hotspots, masks made compulsory

India seals coronavirus hotspots, masks made compulsory

DPA
New Delhi
Indian authorities have identified and sealed dozens of hotspots in the Indian capital New Delhi as well as some major states amid intensified efforts to curb the growing number of coronavirus infections.
At least 20 coronavirus hotspots comprising densely populated localities and commercial places across Delhi were sealed from Wednesday at midnight, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, adding no one would be allowed to enter or exit these areas.
In the neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, the state government sealed hotspots across 15 districts, from late Wednesday.
Another major state, Madhya Pradesh, will also completely seal its main cities including Bhopal, Indore and Ujjain, state broadcaster Prasar Bharati said.
The state governments have assured that people will be supplied food, medicines and supplies of essential items at their doorsteps in these areas.
Cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh as well as states like Nagaland and Odisha have also made face masks compulsory for people stepping out of their homes.
The decision came as the number of confirmed cases surged past 5,700 in India, with 166 deaths, according to the Health Ministry.
New Delhi and India’s financial hub of Mumbai have reported a high number of infections.
The government announced a 21-day lockdown on March 24 to check the spread of the coronavirus in India, the world’s second most populous nation with 1.3 billion inhabitants.

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