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Centre asks state govts to strictly enforce lockdown

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New Delhi: The Centre has asked state governments to strictly enforce lockdown and take legal action against violators, according to an official statement on Monday.

The Centre and State governments on Sunday decided to completely lock down 80 districts across the country where coronavirus cases have been reported till March 31.

In view of the need to contain the spread of the deadly COVID-19, it was agreed that there was an urgent need to extend the restrictions on the movement of non-essential passenger transport.

Delhi was locked down from 6 am on March 23 and will continue to remain so till midnight on March 31. Some other states have also enforced lockdown.

Delhi’s borders will remain sealed during the lockdown, but essential services related to health, food, water and power supply will continue, and 25 percent of the DTC buses will run to transport people associated with essential services.

“Many people are still not taking the lockdown seriously. Please save yourself, save your family, follow the instructions seriously. I request state governments to ensure rules and laws are followed,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet in Hindi.

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