The Delhi government on Thursday declared coronavirus an epidemic and announced that all schools, colleges and cinema halls in the national capital will remain shut till March 31. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting attended by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, LG Anil Baijal and top government officials.
The Delhi government had shut the primary schools earlier this month, the secondary classes were left open in view of the exams.
“All cinema halls to remain shut in Delhi till 31st March. Schools and colleges where exams are not being held will also remain close,” said Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Delhi has also declared coronavirus as an epidemic.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal: All cinema halls to remain shut in Delhi till 31st March. Schools and colleges where exams are not being held will also remain closed. #CoronaVirus pic.twitter.com/pbuB1JNFnW
— ANI (@ANI) March 12, 2020
The Delhi government has taken the step as the number of people affected by coronavirus in the country rose to 73, Kerala had the most cases — 17.
Several states, including Kerala, have also shut educational institutions and crowded places like cinema halls.
No foreign player can take part in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) till April 15 due to visa restrictions imposed by the government to contain the novel coronavirus threat, news agency PTI quoted a BCCI source.
Whether India will go ahead with hosting the IPL this year will be decided on March 14 at the event’s Governing Council meeting in Mumbai.
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 global death toll due to the coronavirus virus has surpassed 4,000 people with more than 100,000 people infected.