The Delhi government announced sealing of 20 coronavirus hotspots comprising small pockets of settlements and apartment complexes, and made it compulsory for people to wear face masks when stepping outdoors to contain the spread of the virus.
As the national capital reported 93 new cases taking the total number of infections to 669, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held an emergency meeting with senior ministers and top officials of the Delhi government and took a series of decisions to check the spread of the virus.
After the meeting via video-conferencing, Kejriwal in a tweet said: "Wearing of facial masks can reduce the spread of coronavirus substantially. Therefore, it has been decided that facial masks will be compulsory for anyone stepping out of their house. Cloth mask shall be eligible too."
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who attended the meeting, said strict action would be taken against those not wearing masks while stepping out of their houses.
He also announced the decision to seal the 20 hotspots.
"Nobody will be allowed to enter or exit from these areas, and the government will ensure delivery of essential items there," he said.
The 20 hotspots include parts of Sangam Vihar, Malviya Nagar and Jahangir Puri that have been notified as 'containment areas'.
(with news agency inputs)