The Delhi Government extended lockdown by a week till May 10, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Saturday. The national Capital has been under lockdown since April 19, as the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) scrambles to contain a fresh wave of infections and a positivity rate that remains over 30 per cent.
“Lockdown in Delhi is being extended by one week,” Kejriwal tweeted.
This is the second extension of the lockdown in the national Capital. Last Sunday, while announcing the first, Kejriwal had said, “Coronavirus still continues to wreak havoc in the city. Public opinion is that lockdowns should increase. So it is being extended for one week.”
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), in its order on the extension of the lockdown, stated that a review of the pandemic situation showed that the numbers of positive cases, positivity rate as well as bed occupancy (oxygen-supported or ICU beds) in the dedicated Covid-19 hospitals are very high.
“...Therefore, in order to contain the spread of the virus and break the transmission chain, the curfew needs to be extended for another week in the territory of NCT of Delhi (except for essential activities and services),” it said.
The DDMA has directed to extend the curfew (lockdown) on the movement of individuals (except for essential activities and services) till 5 am on May 10 or further orders, whichever is earlier.