Delhi to ease lockdown from Monday

Gautam Lahiri

5th June, 2021 10:15:09 PM printer

Delhi to ease lockdown from Monday

New Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced that markets and shopping malls in the city will be allowed to open from Monday.

The Delhi Metro too will begin its run again, but only at 50 per cent seating capacity.

Private offices can be opened with 50 per cent manpower. The work-from-home mode should still be used widely, he urged.

For public sector offices, Category A employees can work on all days, but all categories under them should work at 50 per cent capacity.

“When the situation keeps improving, more relaxations will be announced. This is what is being done currently," said Mr Kejriwal.

The Chief Minister said the government is making provisions for children and is setting up a panel, as well as a taskforce to track the next wave of infections.

"We are preparing for third wave of COVID-19 keeping in mind that 37,000 cases may be reported at its peak," said Mr Kejriwal.

Detailing his plan, Mr Kejriwal said the government is setting up a 64 oxygen plants.

He also said that the government will set up two genome tracking facilities so that they can actively track what strains of the virus are entering the capital city. This will help us a lot in understanding the virus and its variants better, said Mr Kejriwal.

The government is also setting up a panel of doctors who will provide advisory on whether a medicine is required for aiding the Covid treatment or not.

Delhi is among the states to have been the worst hit by the devastating second Covid wave in the past few months. Big and small medical facilities of Delhi began to give up as basic resources like oxygen, beds, drugs, and vaccine ran out.