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Delhi Govt Declares Cinema Halls, Malls, Metros as ‘Super Spreader’ Areas

The day after Delhi reported 1,101 new Covid-19 cases, the highest daily count this year, cinema halls, shopping malls, metros, and religious places will now carry the burden and stigma of being ‘super-spreaders.’

In response to an increasing number of Covid-19 cases, the Delhi Government decided on Wednesday to declare cinema halls, malls, metro stations, and religious buildings as ‘super spreader’ areas.

“All DMS have been instructed to increase surveillance in areas,” the Delhi Government stated, according to news agency ANI.

On Tuesday, Delhi reported 620 recoveries and four deaths. According to the Health Department, the total number of cases in the region has increased to 6,49,973, with 4,411 active cases and 6,34,595 recoveries.

Random Covid Tests at Delhi Airport, Railway Station

Earlier on Tuesday, the Delhi government announced that random Covid-19 testing will be conducted at the national capital’s airports, train stations, and bus stations, amid a surge in infections believed to be the rising coronavirus’s second wave.

The Delhi government released a guideline requiring “random testing of travelers arriving from states where corona infection is spreading rapidly.”

The government has stated that coronavirus safety measures should be rigorously regulated in public places, including markets and shopping malls.

The Delhi government has announced that random testing for private buses will be conducted at crowded boarding points. Both district magistrates and senior police officers were ordered to strictly adhere to the instructions.

No Holi Celebrations in Public

The Delhi government has banned all public celebrations of Holi, Shab-e-Baraat, and other festivals.

The national capital will see quieter celebrations, with officials urging people to celebrate in the safety of their own homes.

All district magistrates, police, and law enforcement agencies have been directed to ensure that public celebrations and gatherings, as well as congregations, are not allowed in public places, public grounds, public parks, markets, and religious places during upcoming festivals such as Holi, Shab-e-Baraat, and Navaratri, among many others.

Public health experts believe that the deadly coronavirus‘s revival – called the country’s second wave of Covid-19 was partly caused by mutant forms, but also by a level of compliance to safety measures such as mask use and physical separation.

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