‘Risk is higher’: Delhi markets go under self-imposed lockdown amid covid-19 spike

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Chandni Chowk market and other marksets in New Delhi will remain shut till 25 April amid a massive spike in Covid cases in the national capital.

The Chandni Chowk Market Association said the decision was taken in view of the rising cases in Delhi.

“There are 600 traders in the Chandni Chowk Market Association. The decision has been taken unanimously in today’s meeting keeping everybody’s health in mind and the rapid spike in cases. A lot of our traders also travel in public transport, like in metro and buses. So the risk is higher,” Sanjay Bhargava, President of Chandni Chowk Traders Association told NDTV.

The association has appealed to keep all shops shut, Bhargava said. But at the end of the day it’s a voluntary thing, he said, adding, they cannot force anyone to remain shut against their will.

Delhi on Sunday logged an unprecedented 25,462 cases over the last 24 hours, pushing the total above 8.5 lakh.

Meanwhile, traders bodies in the national capital have decided to shut down markets and shops as a measure to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The decision was announced following a virtual meeting of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) and leaders of wholesale and retail trade associations of Delhi, News18 reported.

CAIT, the domestic traders’ body, had on Thursday asked the Delhi government to impose a complete lockdown for at least 10 days to control coronavirus infections but at the same time ensure movement of vehicles carrying essential goods for the people

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