Lockdown in Delhi till April 26, health system may collapse with daily 25,000 Covid cases, says CM Kejriwal

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has announced lockdown in the capital for a week as the city witnesses a massive surge in Covid-19 crisis and the health system might crumble in the coming days.

UPDATED: April 19, 2021 12:49 IST

Delhi government will be enforcing lockdown in the city starting Monday midnight for a week till April 26 as it grapples with the massive surge in Covid-19 cases. Kejriwal said Delhi’s health system is strained with the daily 25,000 cases that the city is witnessing now.

Announcing the lockdown in Delhi, Kejriwal said the city is grappling with the fourth wave of coronavirus. After a meeting with Delhi L-G Anil Baijal, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Monday announced the decision to impose lockdown from Monday midnight till April 26.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Kejriwal announced on Monday, “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.”

Sources have said all private offices will have to work from home during the lockdown period in Delhi and only essential services and government establishments will function from the office.

L-G Baijal has instructed the issues of migrant labour to be addressed. He will be writing to UP CM Yogi Adityanath with regards to oxygen supply and also speak to Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan about getting more beds.

The Delhi government had earlier announced a weekend curfew that ended at 5 am on Monday. Roads and markets remained deserted over the weekend in Delhi as Covid-19 cases crossed a new high of 25,000.

In view of a huge spike in Covid-19 cases in Delhi, the high court on Monday ordered district courts to take up only urgent matters and that too through video conferencing.

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Delhi on Sunday recorded the biggest jump in its daily Covid-19 tally with 25,462 fresh cases, while the positivity rate shot up to 29.74% — meaning almost every third sample being tested in the city is turning out to be positive.


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