The Delhi Police today said they will seal all thee inter-state borders to prevent the movement of people from neighbouring states in order to curb the spread of coronavirus. “To ensure the proper implementation of Section 144 in Delhi, inter-state borders shall be completely sealed by police, except for the movement of essential goods and commodities,” said Delhi Police PRO MS Randhawa. “For movement of persons involved in essential goods and services, the concerned Delhi-based organisations have to get curfew passes from their respective district police headquarters.Nineteen states and Union territories went under lockdown as the country recorded its eighth death linked to the highly contagious coronavirus. Overall, 433 people in the country have been infected by the virus. Worldwide -14,500 people have died. As reports of infection came in from all the key states, the Centre tightened its clampdown with a ban on domestic flights and warned of legal action against rule-breakers. Punjab, which had thousands of expats heading for home, declared curfew. So did Maharashtra, which has the highest number of COVID-19 cases. In Kolkata, sources said the 57-year-old who died at a private hospital, did not have any travel history, raising concern about the chain of transmission of the virus.
The Odisha government on Monday extended the statewide lockdown in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus. The lockdown was also extended to 21 districts and the railways and busstands areas.
“Lockdown extended to full districts of Puri, Nayagarh, Jagatsinghpur. Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore, Dhenkanal, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda districts from tomorrow morning. So now the total number of districts under lockdown is 14.
“In addition to this two more major changes are railway station and bus stands are removed form the exempted category for internal transport and eateries located in them. Now railways and bus transport is completely blocked in the entire state,” the advisory said.
To save lives from coronavirus, the Rajasthan government has taken the decision to ban all private vehicles on roads from March 24 onward. Only vehicles related to essential services and those in exempted services would be allowed. State highway tolls will also be closed from 12 AM, says chief minister Ashok Gehlot.
Curfew has been imposed in Puducherry with immediate effect till March 31 to contain the spread of coronavirus. All shops and offices except for those involved in essential services will remain closed during this period, says Chief Minister V Narayanasamy.
The Delhi Police issues a notice saying the movement of persons involved in the essential good and services and the concerned Delhi-based organisations have to get the curfew passes from their respective district Police headquarters.