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Delhi government, Delhi Police track phones of those under COVID-19 quarantine: Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal

The Delhi government has handed 25,429 phone numbers to the Delhi Police in the last two days to ensure that people ordered to quarantine by the government actually did so. "Action will be taken against people who are found to have violated the quarantine orders on the basis of the police report," Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced in his press briefing on April 1. https://twitter.com/ArvindKejriwal/status/1245342653249720320 Kejriwal clarified that these are are only the numbers of people who have been explicitly ordered by the government to quarantine themselves. 11,084 phone numbers were handed to the police on March 31 and 14,345 on April 1 so that the police can "monitor whether these people are complying with the quarantine orders or not", he announced. In his press briefing on April 2, Kejriwal revealed that in all 24,250 people have been ordered to quarantine in Delhi — 21,307 are under self-quarantine at their homes, while 2,943 have been quarantined by the government (1,133 who returned from abroad, and 1,810 from the Nizamuddin Markaz). The decision to share numbers with the police was taken by Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal during their daily meeting on April 1. The contents of the order are not known since numbers had already been shared on March 31, before Kejriwal and Baijal made the decision on April 1. MediaNama could not find a copy of the order on the Delhi Government website. Permanent erosion of civil liberties? “Without an official order, it is unclear…

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