Prime News, Nation, (New Delhi), March 16:-Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced the closure of all gyms, spas and night clubs in the Capital till March 31 as the number of cases in the country rose to 110 and the governments began measures on war footing to contain the spread of the infection.
Addressing the media, Kejriwal said the ban on gatherings of over 50 people will be applicable to protests as well, putting a cloud over the Shaheen Bagh protests that have continued for over 90 days.
“We shall shut malls if it comes to it… we will take that call in the next few days. We are booking hotels where people can be quarantined if they pay. All buses and metros are being disinfected every day,” he said, adding that there was no decision on shutting down metros in the near future.
As the global infections rise, a fresh batch of 53 Indians, comprising 52 students and one teacher, arrived from Tehran and Shiraz in Iran today, taking the total number of Indians evacuated from Iran to 389. Tweeting about the same, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar thanked the efforts of the team and Iranian authorities.
The novel coronavirus has infected 1,69,316 people globally and led to more than 6,500 deaths. Italy yesterday recorded 368 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, its highest one-day increase to date, taking the total to 1,809, the most outside China, official data showed.
The number of infections has reached 24,747, a count released to the media by Italy’s civil protection service said.
The northern Lombardy region around Milan remained the European epicentre of the pandemic, officially reporting 1,218 deaths, or 67 percent of the Italian total.
But Sunday also saw the number of deaths in the southeastern Puglia region around the city of Bari double from eight to 16.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)