NEW DELHI: As India continues to reel under the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic with Delhi being one of the worst-hit states, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced that the lockdown in the national capital has been extended for another week until May 17.
The chief minister also said that Delhi Metro services will remain suspended during this period.Also marriage ceremonies at public places or banquet halls or hotels have been prohibited. Those who want to
marry can do so at home or court. Only 20 people will be allowed to attend.
Among the closure list are restaurants, bars, shopping centers, malls, weekly markets, educational and coaching centers, cinemas, theaters, auditoriums and assembly halls. All public parks, amusement, entertainment and water parks, barber shops and beauty parlors will also be closed.
Delhi has been under a lockdown since April 20 in view of the second Covid-19 wave.
Chief Minister Kejriwal said that because of the lockdown, the positivity rate in the national capital that peaked at 36-37 percent in April has started coming down and over the past few days has settled below 25 percent.
“Cases have come down, but we need to extend the lockdown. If we do not, we will lose what we have gained. We need to save lives at this point despite the hardships and will extend it by another week,” Kejriwal added.“Over the past few days our oxygen situation has also improved and we have improved the system. We are no longer getting as many SOS calls and hearing that hospitals have run out of oxygen,” Kejriwal said and added that the decision to extend the lockdown has been taken after consulting with all stakeholders.
On the vaccination drive, he said that the 18-44 year-old category has shown a tremendous response to get vaccinated but vaccine stock in the capital is low and the government is hoping that the Central Government will provide vaccines soon.