Delhi government is considering shutting down markets for a few days due to the increase in coronavirus cases in the national capital. This comes a day after Health Minister Satyendar Jain clarified that there is no need to enforce another phase of lockdown in Delhi again while adding that the third wave of COVID-19 has passed its peak.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday sought power from the Centre to impose lockdown in those market areas which may emerge as COVID-19 hotspots.

“We are sending a proposal to the Centre to give power to the Delhi government to impose lockdown in market areas which may emerge as COVID-19 hotspots,” the chief minister said.

The state is also looking at reducing the number of people allowed for public gatherings back to 50.

Kejriwal, addressing an online media briefing, said the Delhi government has sent a proposal to Lt Governor Anil Baijal to allow only 50 people to attend wedding functions against the earlier limit of 200.

Kejriwal also appealed to Delhiites with folded hands to wear masks and follow social distancing norms. “People think it (COVID-19) will not happen to them. I request you with folded hands that the Coronavirus disease can happen to anyone, and can turn fatal once it infects you. Please follow social distancing. People didn’t wear masks during Diwali, didn’t follow social distancing while shopping,” he said.

Delhi has witnessed a spurt in novel coronavirus cases since October 28 when the daily rise breached the 5,000-mark for the first time and it crossed the 8,000-mark on Wednesday.

On Thursday, 104 coronavirus-related deaths, the highest in over five months, were recorded in the city.

The Health Minister on Monday had said that stern action will be taken against people who do not wear masks and do not follow social distancing norms in the national capital. “Fine worth Rs 45 crore has been imposed on such defaulters in the past few days,” he had said.

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