New Delhi (Sputnik): The partial lockdown-like situation has arisen in the country’s major cities and states after the health ministry confirmed a sharp rise in coronavirus cases on Friday.
India has started closing all business establishments including shops and malls in the wake of the rapidly growing threat of Coronavirus cases in the country. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the closing down of all malls except grocery, pharmacy and vegetable shops in light of the prevailing situation.
The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), which represents the country’s business community and is comprised of seventy million traders, has also decided to close business establishments in Delhi for the next three days beginning Saturday to prevent community transmission of Coronavirus.
Maharashtra, the country’s wealthiest state and the one with the highest number of COVID-19 cases, will also close all shops and offices in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur for the next 12 days.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also ordered the shutting down of all shopping complexes in the state with immediate effect.
The partial lockdown has been implemented by the country’s major cities and states after the health ministry confirmed a sharp rise (to 223 from 171 on Thursday) in coronavirus cases on Friday.
The country also recorded its fifth death due to the novel coronavirus after an Italian citizen passed away in Jaipur. The Indian government has banned public gatherings and stopped international flights from Sunday.