UPDATED: April 25, 2021 16:51 IST
The ongoing lockdown in Delhi has been extended by another week owing to the surge in the Covid-19 cases and the unabated severity of the virus. The curbs imposed last week in Delhi will now continue till May 3. Before the extension, the lockdown was scheduled to end at 5 am on April 26.
Addressing a virtual press conference, Arvind Kejriwal said, “The virus continues to wreak havoc in Delhi. We had imposed a 6-day lockdown in Delhi. The lockdown is being extended to next Monday till 5 am. While the positivity rate has reduced, Delhi has been seeing an acute shortage of medical oxygen.”
Arvind Kejriwal said the onslaught of coronavirus has not subsided even as the government had imposed six days lockdown as the last weapon in its arsenal.
“Everybody voted for the extension of lockdown. The positivity rate reached up to 36-37 per cent in the past few days although it has slightly dipped now. It is around 29 per cent today,” Arvind Kejriwal said.
Delhi has been registering over 20,000 daily Covid-19 cases and a positivity rate as high as 32 per cent, despite the national capital seeing a slight drop in the daily infections.
Delhi registered the highest single-day rise in its Covid-19 death toll with 357 more people succumbing to the viral disease on Saturday as well as over 24,000 fresh cases.
The data of the last 24 hours also revealed that the number of active coronavirus cases in the national capital is inching closer to the one-lakh mark. The tally of active cases has climbed to 93,080 in the city.
To keep watch on oxygen availability, the Delhi government has decided that the manufacturers, suppliers and hospitals will update supply and consumption data every two hours on a portal set up by it.
“We have started a portal that will be updated every two hours by oxygen manufacturers, suppliers and hospitals for better management of oxygen supply. The central and state teams are working together,” Arvind Kejriwal said.