Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday in a press concrescence announced a complete lockdown starting Monday night for a week till April 26.
The decision comes amid the second wave of COVID-19 cases in the country. Kejriwal said Delhi’s health system is strained with the daily 25,000 cases that the city is witnessing now.
Lockdown In Delhi
The Chief Minister further added that the six-day lockdown period will be used to arrange oxygen, medicines and add more beds in Delhi. The announcement came shortly after Kejriwal met with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.
“There will be a small lockdown in Delhi from 10 pm tonight. Essential services will continue. Marriage ceremonies will be allowed with a gathering of only 50 people.” Kejriwal announced.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also appeals to the migrant laborers. He says, “I appeal to you with folded hands. It’s a small lockdown, only for 6 days. Don’t leave Delhi & go. I’m very hopeful that we won’t need to further extend the lockdown…Govt will take care of you.”
#WATCH | Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal appeals to the migrant labourers. He says, "I appeal to you with folded hands. It's a small lockdown, only for 6 days. Don't leave Delhi & go. I'm very hopeful that we won't need to further extend the lockdown…Govt will take care of you." pic.twitter.com/OsFCytHCNu— ANI (@ANI) April 19, 2021
On 17th April, Delhi had recorded its highest spike of 25,462 new daily COVID-19 cases. The positivity rate shot up to 29.74 percent – meaning almost every third sample being tested in the city was turning out to be positive.
The Rajasthan Govt on Sunday has imposed a two-week-long strict lockdown in the state starting from April 19 to May 3. The Rajasthan Govt. has termed the new restrictions till May 3 as ‘Jan Anushashan Pakhwara’ (Public Discipline Fortnight).