New Delhi, Mar 20 : In view of rising coronavirus cases, Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) on Friday advised shelter management authority's (SMA's) to maintain lockdown in the night shelters, provide food and establish social distancing. Social distancing is a necessary precaution which is being practised for checking the spread of the deadly COVID-19.
As per latest reports, 233 coronavirus positive cases have been identified. The homeless people often have to spend nights at overcrowded shelters, sleeping in close proximity to each other, multiplying chances of getting infection as many night shelters are bereft of most common facilities such as water and soap for hand washing. Decision to this effect was taken after a meeting which was held under the chairmanship of CEO, DUSIB Vikas Anand, IAS, other high ranking officials of DUSIB and representatives of the SMA's.
Measures suggested by DUSIB include, arranging voluntary lockdown in each and every shelter home advising people not to go out without any emergency. Shelter homes of North, East and central Delhi should be quatrantine so that separate spaces are available for suspected persons residing in shelter homes, it advised. (UNI)