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22 Mar 2020 | 01:01 PM UTC

India: Delhi to be placed on lockdown due to COVID-19 March 23 /update 13

Delhi to be placed on lockdown between March 23 and March 31 due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak; follow government directives



On Sunday, March 22, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a complete lockdown in the capital effective from 06:00 (local time) on Monday, March 23, until Tuesday, March 31, to prevent further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As such, public transportation will be suspended, and non-essential businesses have been ordered to shut down. Land borders with neighboring states will be sealed, and only essential goods and items will be allowed through. 

In total, 80 districts in 17 states and five Union Territories, including Delhi, will be placed on lockdown. Only essential services in the districts will be permitted to operate. All inter-state buses, passenger trains, and metro services have been suspended nationwide until March 31.

To date, there are over 390 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, with seven associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected over the near term. 


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly, and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone non-essential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

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