Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal extended nation’s capital lockdown by another week till 17th May 5 A.M., to break the chain of transmission of the virus, announced in a press conference.
New stringent curbs that will be enforced from tomorrow, include suspension of metro services till date as announced by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). “Delhi Metro services on all its Lines shall also remain suspended for passenger and essential services from 10.05.2021 till 5:00 AM of 17.05.2021,” it said.
Marriages can only be held at home or court with not more than 20 guests. In a statement released by Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on issue of order of Delhi COVID 19 Lockdown, says “There will be a complete prohibition on marriage ceremonies at public places, banquet halls, hotels and similar places during the period.”
Dining-in at restaurants will remain prohibited, shopping malls will continue to be shut and other than essential services, businesses will be required to keep working from home.
Delhi has been under lockdown since April 20, amid rising positives cases of infection.
Kejriwal said although the capital has seen a marginal drop at the number of COVID 19 cases but giving leniency could squander the gains achieved in breaking the chain. “The positivity rate has gone down but still we can’t afford leniency. We need to extend to lockdown” he said.
Delhi has witnessed escalated surge in cases, with an immense scarce of beds, oxygen and drugs in hospital making doctors and paramedical staff imploring for donations. Henceforth, the lockdown has seen a drop at positivity rate from 35 percent in Mid April to 23 percent till date.
CM Kejriwal on boosting the medical infrastructure said “We used the lockdown to boost our Medical infrastructure and to increase oxygen beds in various locations. The oxygen situation has improved in Delhi. We are not getting panic or SOS calls from hospital.” Speaking on vaccination drive he added, “We’ve made excellent arrangements at our schools. Youngsters are participating in large numbers. We have a shortage of vaccines but I hope the Central Government will help us.”
Data released by Health Bulletin on Sunday, the nation added 403,738 fresh new active cases, in which Delhi alone recorded 17,364 fresh Covid 19 cases and 332 deaths, in the last 24 hours.