Delhi Police installs coronavirus-lookalike scarecrows to spread awareness

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By Aiman Khan New Delhi [India], May 1 (ANI): The Delhi Police has come up with an important and innovative method to spread awareness of COVID-19 among the citizens by installing coronavirus lookalike "scarecrows" with a message displayed on them reading--"stay home" at several places in Chandni Mahal area, amid the coronavirus lockdown. As the threat of deadly coronavirus looms large, the police officials across the country are coming up with several awareness campaigns and unique attempts to create awareness among the public about the lockdown norms and restrictions. The scarecrows in the area were seen wearing black sunglasses and a mask. Speaking to ANI, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) (Central District), Sanjay Bhatia said, "We have put up these scarecrows to make people understand that roaming outside is dangerous. We have installed them in Chandni Mahal area." The Chandni Mahal Police Station has been reopened after 26 personnel who were lodged there completed their quarantine period. "In the past, some of our police officers were found COVID-19 positive. After that, the police station here was closed. Nine personnel had tested COVID-19 positive, their 26 contacts were quarantined at station premises. Police Station has been reopened now as they have completed their quarantine," said Bhatia. The DCP further informed that the nine personnel who had tested COVID-19 positive were admitted to hospitals, two days ago three of them were discharged after recovering, they have also returned to work at the police station. Station House Officer (SHO), Chandni Mahal, Binod Kumar who was under self quarantined told ANI, "We have installed these scarecrows in Chandni Mahal area to make people aware of the coronavirus threat. The scarecrow is coronavirus-lookalike with a message...We are hoping to get some positive reaction." Meanwhile, 76 more COVID-19 cases and three deaths were reported in Delhi on Thursday, taking the total number of cases in the national capital now at 3515, including 2362 active cases, 1094 recovered and 59 deaths, according to the Delhi Health Department. (ANI)