As the lockdown in Delhi begins today - part of the inflicting of nationwide restrictions to battle the highly contagious novel coronavirus or COVID-19 - Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted this morning and urged people in the city to "join the fight against COVID-19".
"The lockdown in Delhi begins today. My dear Delhiites, you faced troubles and contributed in fight against pollution whenever odd-even was implemented. You embraced the massive campaign against dengue. I am pretty confident that you will join this fight against COVID-19 and support the lockdown to protect your families," he tweeted in Hindi.
Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal also appealed people this morning to avoid leaving homes, unless "absolutely necessary". "I appeal to all of you to avoid stepping out of their homes, unless absolutely necessary. Stay safe and keep others safe too. Stay alert, stay safe," he tweeted in Hindi.
The national capital - which has reported 30 coronavirus cases, including one death - has shut public transport, sealed its borders and closed shops, allowing in only the essential items, Mr Kejriwal announced on Sunday.
"Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures," he wrote in a tweet. "We have been fortunate. in our country, the virus came late. We had the advantage of watching and learning from the experiences of Italy and China. But if we still cannot take the right step at the right time, we would never forgive ourselves,' he added.