Delhi lockdown extended for one week

Gautam Lahiri

26 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

New Delhi: The ongoing lockdown has been extended for one week in Delhi, capital of India, as the corona cases hit one million mark there.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the extension of the lockdown on Sunday. The lockdown will continue till May 3.

Earlier on April 19, the government imposed the lockdown which was supposed to end on April 26.

Speaking at a press conference, Kejriwal said: "We enforced a six-day lockdown that is ending tomorrow (Monday). This was our last weapon against coronavirus. We have spoken to several sections and have decided to extend the lockdown by one more week,” he said.

The number of cases has continued to rise in the city despite the lockdown, he also said.

"The positivity rate rose to 36-37% (the highest in the country) at the start of the lockdown, and is now showing signs of improvement over the past two days. It has come down to below 30% today. We will have to monitor this situation closely and see if it comes down further," he said.

Meanwhile, India on Sunday, reported a record daily rise of 3,49,691 new coronavirus infections, taking its overall tally to 16.96 million infections.

A total of 2,767 people were reported dead on Sunday, according to health ministry data, taking total coronavirus fatalities to 1,92,311.

“India was full of self-confidence after successfully tackling first wave of COVID-19, this 'toofan' (2nd wave) has shaken country,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat.

“The free vaccination programme of the government of India will continue. I urge the State government to utilise this scheme and ensure that maximum people have been vaccinated,” he said.