Delhi lockdown extended for another week

Gautam Lahiri

17 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

New Delhi: Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced extension of the ongoing lockdown by one more week in the national capital to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The lockdown imposed on April 19 has been extended for the fourth time till May 24 morning. It was scheduled to end at 5am Monday (May 17).

The Covid-19 situation has been improving in Delhi with the number of cases and positivity rate going down steadily in the past few days. Pointing to the Covid numbers which is on decline, Kejriwal said all the current restrictions would remain in place, including the metro service which was shut last week.

“We have been witnessing good recovery following the lockdown. Coronavirus cases have been declining,” he told reporters on Sunday.

“We don’t want to lose the gain that we have made in the last few days. We are extending the lockdown for one more week. Instead of May 17, lockdown is extended till next May 24 in Delhi,” he added.

While the positivity rate, which stood at 35 per cent in mid-April, has dropped to 11.32 per cent, doctors say this needs to be pulled down below five per cent.

Delhi had recorded 6,430 coronavirus cases on May 15 morning over a period of 24 hours — the lowest since April 7. There were 337 deaths in the same period. Medical experts have attributed the drop to the lockdown.

“In the last 24 hours, Delhi saw 6,000 cases. Positivity rate has dropped to 10 per cent. Gradually, Delhi is coming back on track. I hope the recovery will be better next week. Restrictions will be the same as before,” the Chief Minister said.

This would be the fifth week of the lockdown imposed on the national capital as Covid numbers skyrocketed in April, bringing the healthcare system on its knees. Hospitals had to struggle without oxygen, beds and drugs and social media was flooded with distress messages from families of patients.