Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Delhi Police Requests People Not To Hold Dharna Or Protests

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As a preventive measure towards Coronavirus, the Delhi Police on Tuesday appealed the citizens to not gather for mass protests or events

Written By Misha Bhatt | Mumbai | Updated On:

Keeping in mind the increasing threat of Coronavirus pandemic, the Delhi Police on Tuesday released an appeal asking people to not assemble indoors or outside till March 31 as prevention to Coronavirus. The appeal released by Delhi Police also stated that no license or permission will be issued for public or entertainment activities.

"To prevent the spread of Coronavirus disease, Delhi Police makes a fervent appeal to the general public to remain indoors, as far as possible and not to come outside for leisure or entertainment activities which involve close contact with more than 4-5 persons at any place," the appeal said.

"It also appeals not to assemble at any place for protest, dharna, rally, or any other activity, whether in close space or outside, till March 31, 2020. Any no objection certificate or permission in respect of such gatherings will not be issued. It is also decided that no license/permission will be issued for public entertainment activities," the appeal added. 

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Shaheen Bagh protestors refuse to call off the rally 

Earlier in the day, anti-CAA, NRC, and NPR protests at Shaheen Bagh continued to protest despite the government's advisory to avoid mass gatherings to contain the virus' spread. The Delhi Police have been trying to convince protestors to call off the protest in an attempt to avoid mass gatherings

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Coronavirus in India

According to the latest figures available on Tuesday, the total number of positive cases of Coronavirus in India has soared up to 137 as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Three deaths have been reported in Karnataka, Maharashtra, and West Delhi respectively. India has suspended all visas, barring for a few categories such as diplomatic and employment apart from keeping in abeyance the visa-free travel facility to OCI cardholders till April 15.

Moreover, the Centre has “strongly advised” Indians to avoid all non-essential travel abroad. The government is also monitoring all suspected cases and has issued preventive advisories. 

Taking into consideration the rising number of Coronavirus cases, the Central Government on March 14 decided to treat the deadly virus as a "notified disaster." The government has also decided to go into a partial lockdown as it ordered the shut down of all educational institutions, places of social gatherings like swimming pools, spas, gyms, museums, and cultural centres.

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