Delhi Government Announces Weekend Lockdown Amid Rising Covid-19 Cases
India is currently witnessing the fourth wave of coronavirus as the capital recorded 17,282 fresh cases in the last 24 hours. Many other states have announced night curfew and partial lockdown to curb the spread of the virus.
After an unprecedented rise in covid-19 cases, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a weekend lockdown in the capital with immediate effect. The partial lockdown will continue to operate till the daily number of cases stabilise in the capital.
Here’s The List Of New Restrictions That The Delhi Government Has Announced:
- Malls, Gyms, Spa, and auditoriums will remain closed.
- Cinema halls can run with a 30% capacity.
- Weekly markets will be allowed based on per day, per zone.
- New orders will be put in place to control the rush in weekly markets (details awaited).
- Dine-in facilities of Restaurants will remain closed; only home-delivery services permitted.
- Strict Enforcement of covid-19 norms to be put in areas such as markets and public places.
Curfew passes will be allowed for essential services, passengers travelling to and from the airport or railway station. Kejriwal also said that scheduled weddings can take place with curfew passes.
Apart from announcing the restrictions, The Delhi CM stressed on the fact that there is no shortage of hospital beds in Delhi.
“Being your Chief Minister, I assure you that there is no shortage of hospital beds in Delhi.”
“There are more than 5000 beds available in Delhi right now. And we are trying to upgrade the number of beds.” added the Delhi CM.
The decision was taken after Kejriwal met Delhi LG Anil Baijal to discuss the situation of covid-19 cases in the capital. Earlier, The CM had said that lockdown is not the solution to curb the spread of the virus, but after the cases increased at a skyrocketing speed, the government had to make a decision that they were not thoroughly convinced about earlier.
Apart from Delhi, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Odisha have also announced either a night curfew or partial lockdown; check details here.