New Delhi, March 19 -- The Delhi Zoo has joined the list of public places being shut down in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The zoo premises has been shut till at least March 31, officials said.

The average daily and weekend footfall in the zoo had already plummetted since the outbreak.

Delhi Zoo director Suneesh Buxy said the decision was taken in line with many other zoos in the country that were being shut down as a precautionary measure. "We issued verbal orders in the morning after which it shut down and have put up an advisory. An official notification will follow," said Buxy.

"On an average, the Delhi Zoo has a footfall of 15,000-18,000 visitors on weekends and holidays, which had come down to just about 2,000 last weekend,...