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Coronavirus outbreak: Delhi govt imposes ban on gatherings of more than 50

Due to growing concern over novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Delhi government has announced a new set of bans to limit the spread of the virus.

“All gyms, night clubs, spas to be closed till March 31. Any gathering with more than 50 persons excluding weddings will not be allowed. For weddings also, we request if they can be postponed then please do so,” said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal while briefing the media.

“Five hundred beds that have been kept aside in case there is a need for hospitalisation at a large scale,” Kejriwal said, adding that quarantine facilities have been arranged at three Delhi hotels – Lemon Tree, Red Fox and IBIS.

On March 13, the Delhi government also imposed a ban on all sporting activities and events, including Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket matches.

Coronavirus outbreak has also affected other sporting events in the country with the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) deciding to put on hold all national and state championships till April 15.

The national capital has reported seven cases of coronavirus as of now. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across India is 110, including foreign nationals.

The global death toll due to the coronavirus virus has surpassed 6,000 people with more than 150,000 people infected.

 

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