Photos: Delhi markets full of shoppers despite rise in Covid-19 cases

Thousands of people are filling up Delhi's prominent market places ahead of the festival season. With a surge in Covid-19 cases in the city, these heavily crowded markets have become a concern for the authorities. While strict protocols are set for wearing masks in public and violators issued penalties, the police are also distributing masks to those who cannot afford them. Delhi on October 30 recorded 5,891fresh cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), its highest until date.

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A man looks on to a large crowd of shoppers at Sadar Bazar in New Delhi on October 28. With coronavirus (Covid-19) cases on the rise in Delhi, thousands of people are thronging the city’s prominent markets for festive shopping weeks ahead of Diwali, while compromising social distancing norms. (Amal KS / HT Photo)

A man looks on to a large crowd of shoppers at Sadar Bazar in New Delhi on October 28. With coronavirus (Covid-19) cases on the rise in Delhi, thousands of people are thronging the city’s prominent markets for festive shopping weeks ahead of Diwali, while compromising social distancing norms. (Amal KS / HT Photo)

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A porter carries packages on his head in a crowded marketplace at Karol Bagh in New Delhi on October 29. Sadar Bazar, Sarojini Nagar, Lajpat Nagar and Karol Bagh are witnessing scores of people looking for items ranging from garments to blankets, toys to kitchen utensils until late evening daily. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

A porter carries packages on his head in a crowded marketplace at Karol Bagh in New Delhi on October 29. Sadar Bazar, Sarojini Nagar, Lajpat Nagar and Karol Bagh are witnessing scores of people looking for items ranging from garments to blankets, toys to kitchen utensils until late evening daily. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

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People shop for shoes at a street stall in Lajpat Nagar Central Market, New Delhi on October 28. “This year has been depressing. The festive season and buying gifts for loved ones are at least bringing us some joy. We are taking precautions,” Geetanjali Sharma, a shopper at Sarojini Nagar market told HT. (Sanjeev Verma / HT Photo)

People shop for shoes at a street stall in Lajpat Nagar Central Market, New Delhi on October 28. “This year has been depressing. The festive season and buying gifts for loved ones are at least bringing us some joy. We are taking precautions,” Geetanjali Sharma, a shopper at Sarojini Nagar market told HT. (Sanjeev Verma / HT Photo)

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Men walk through a security metal detector at Lajpat Nagar Central Market in New Delhi on October 28. While most shop owners have imposed a cap on the maximum number of visitors, depending on the size of their enterprise, the crowd outside—on the streets, pavements and interconnected lanes keep rising. (Sanjeev Verma / HT Photo)

Men walk through a security metal detector at Lajpat Nagar Central Market in New Delhi on October 28. While most shop owners have imposed a cap on the maximum number of visitors, depending on the size of their enterprise, the crowd outside—on the streets, pavements and interconnected lanes keep rising. (Sanjeev Verma / HT Photo)

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A scene from Lajpat Nagar Central Market ahead of the festivities in New Delhi on October 28. “We urged the civic agencies to crack down on encroachment. Even if people try to ensure social distancing, there is hardly any space in the market for that. Trader bodies are in talks over staggered hours in the festive season,” Devraj Baweja, general secretary of the confederation of Sadar Bazar traders’ association told HT. (Sanjeev Verma / HT Photo)

A scene from Lajpat Nagar Central Market ahead of the festivities in New Delhi on October 28. “We urged the civic agencies to crack down on encroachment. Even if people try to ensure social distancing, there is hardly any space in the market for that. Trader bodies are in talks over staggered hours in the festive season,” Devraj Baweja, general secretary of the confederation of Sadar Bazar traders’ association told HT. (Sanjeev Verma / HT Photo)

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People out and about in Connaught Place in New Delhi on October 29. “It is more out of necessity. Winter is coming. We will need blankets and warm clothes. This is a good time to avail of discounts,” Shadab Aarif, a shopper in Sadar Bazar told HT. (Sanjeev Verma / HT Photo)

People out and about in Connaught Place in New Delhi on October 29. “It is more out of necessity. Winter is coming. We will need blankets and warm clothes. This is a good time to avail of discounts,” Shadab Aarif, a shopper in Sadar Bazar told HT. (Sanjeev Verma / HT Photo)

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Police personnel monitor a crowded marketplace at Lal Quarter in Krishna Nagar Market as the festive season draws closer in New Delhi on October 29. From blocking access points to markets to distributing masks among people, the police too have taken several steps for crowd management. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

Police personnel monitor a crowded marketplace at Lal Quarter in Krishna Nagar Market as the festive season draws closer in New Delhi on October 29. From blocking access points to markets to distributing masks among people, the police too have taken several steps for crowd management. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

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An overview of people shopping at Janpath market in New Delhi on October 29. “On the prosecution front, the police issue challans to people not wearing masks or maintaining social distance. The police distribute masks for free to people who are not able to afford them,” Amit Sharma, DCP (Shahdara) told HT. (Sanjeev Verma / HT Photo)

An overview of people shopping at Janpath market in New Delhi on October 29. “On the prosecution front, the police issue challans to people not wearing masks or maintaining social distance. The police distribute masks for free to people who are not able to afford them,” Amit Sharma, DCP (Shahdara) told HT. (Sanjeev Verma / HT Photo)

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