The National Capital would be under a six-day “total curfew” starting from Monday night till early next Monday morning.
The decision was reportedly taken when Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal this morning and mutually agreed on the critical situation of Covid-19 which reached on its peak.
The national capital had on Sunday, April 18, registered the highest spike in its daily coronavirus tally with 25,462 new cases, along with a positivity rate of around 30%, meaning one in three samples being tested in Delhi is turning out to be positive.
What are the condition of health infrastructure in delhi?
The sudden rise in the Coronavirus cases, capital city New Delhi falling short of health infrastructure and equipment ranging from oxygen to ventilators.
Kejriwal said that the lockdown will help the government in adding more beds to tackle the rising Covid cases in the capital. He said that the health infrastructure has reached its limits.
“You know that I have always been strictly against a lockdown but both the L-G and I agreed that we have no option because the city’s health system has reached its limit,” Mr. Kejriwal said.
“I appeal to migrant labourers not to leave the city because it is a short lockdown, we will take very good care of you. During these six days, we will make arrangements for oxygen, medicines and hospital beds; we will confront this situation and we will win,” Delhi CM said.
On the other side L-G Anil Baijal writes letter to Uttar Pradesh CM Adityanath with regards to oxygen supply in the capital and also speak to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan about enhancement of hospital beds in Delhi.
What are the concessions has given by the Kejriwal government?
Essential service providers such as doctors, police personnel, the media and students going for exams will be allowed on the production of ID cards or admit cards.
An e-pass will be required for movement by grocery shop employees, food and e-commerce delivery personnel. Religious places will be allowed to open but not allowed to have visitors. Those heading to weddings will be allowed to, given the production of an invitation card.
The Delhi Metro and public buses will only cater up to 50% of their total capacity, while malls, gyms, cinemas will be shut and no religious, political or social gatherings will be allowed.
दिल्ली के सभी नागरिकों से मेरी अपील है कि इस लॉकडाउन का पूरे अनुशासन के साथ पालन करें, ये फ़ैसला हमने आप लोगों की सुरक्षा के लिए ही लिया है। मुझे पूरी उम्मीद है कि पिछली हर बार की तरह इस बार भी आप मेरा साथ ज़रुर देंगे। हम मिलकर इस स्थिति का मुकाबला करेंगे और ज़रुर जीतेंगे। pic.twitter.com/J6cBYkg0bz
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 19, 2021