Delhi lockdown extended till May 24: Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday mentioned that the continuing lockdown in Delhi has been prolonged until Could 24 morning. It was earlier supposed to finish at 5 am on Monday, Could 17.

On April 19, a weekend curfew in Delhi was changed into a full lockdown from the following day within the mild of an alarming rise in Covid-19 circumstances within the capital which left town’s well being infrastructure creaking. Since then, that is the fourth time the lockdown has been prolonged.

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“The lockdown has been prolonged until 5 am subsequent Monday,” the chief minister mentioned throughout his go to to a Covid-19 well being facility arrange outdoors the federal government’s GTB hospital.

For the previous few days, Delhi has been witnessing a gradual decline in Covid-19 infections. Nonetheless, the positivity fee nonetheless stays properly above 5% — a degree thought of comparatively secure by the WHO.

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“The restoration fee goes up. And the positivity fee goes down. Within the final 24 hours, round 6,500 new circumstances have been recorded in Delhi and the positivity fee has dropped to 10% — down from 11% yesterday. We can not let our guards down now,” Kejriwal mentioned and added it was hoped that the scenario would get additional higher in one other week.

The Delhi Catastrophe Administration Authority (DDMA) issued the official order relating to the lockdown extension round 12.30 pm. “The scenario of Covid-19 in Delhi has once more been reviewed and [it has been] noticed that Covid-19 constructive circumstances and positivity fee continues to be excessive and [the] mattress occupancy (oxygen beds/ICU beds) within the devoted Covid-19 authorities and personal hospitals and nursing properties can also be on [the] increased aspect,” mentioned the order explaining the rationale for extending the lockdown.

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Dr Lalit Kant, former head of the division of epidemiology and communicable illnesses on the Indian Council of Medical Analysis (ICMR), mentioned: “Delhi continues to be going through a scarcity of hospital beds, ICUs, ventilators. The federal government has to implement insurance policies to make sure minimal interplay of individuals and be sure that there are not any gatherings. So the lockdown is important. We can not let guards down at this level.”

As on Sunday midday, 15,340 (66%) of 23,213 complete oxygen beds within the metropolis’s Covid-19 wards have been occupied. Of the 6,415 complete ICU beds, 5,728 (89%) have been occupied, the federal government’s app on hospital beds confirmed.

Whereas no new restriction has been imposed this week, no present restriction has been lifted too. Basic motion of individuals and financial actions are prohibited within the lockdown with exemptions for these engaged in important companies and the provision chain of important items. Metro companies are suspended and public buses have been requested to cater solely to important service suppliers. When requested if Delhi metro service would resume, the chief minister mentioned: “Restrictions will stay as it’s this week.”

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