With the rising COVID-19 cases in the NCR; the government of Delhi levies a six-day lockdown
allowing only essential services and government offices to function physically; claim strain over
On, Monday, 19th April 2021, the government of Delhi decided that the National Capital Region (NCR) will be under complete curfew (6 days) from tonight 10 PM to next Monday morning amidst a record rise in coronavirus cases that has sternly stressed the city’s resources and health infrastructure. The decision was taken when Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal this morning. It is to be notified that all the private offices will Work from Home and only government offices and essential services will be open. Grocers, shops selling food and medicine and newspaper sellers will function. Banks, ATMs, insurance offices will operate. Home deliveries and takeaways will also be allowed. The CM made a public statement saying,
“If we don’t impose a lockdown now, we might face a bigger calamity. The government will take full care of you. We took this tough decision considering the situation…The six-day lockdown will help us arrange more beds and supplies. We are not trying to scare you…I won’t say the health system has collapsed but it is stressed. There are limits to any system,”added the Chief Minister in the statement.
He also appealed to migrant workers not to leave Delhi during what he called a small lockdown.
Delhi recorded an increase of over 25,000 Covid-19 cases with a positivity rate of nearly 30 per cent, the highest since the beginning of the pandemic last year, on Sunday, according to a health bulletin from the administration. This means that almost every third sample being tested in the city is turning out positive. With this, the total tally has reached a sum of 853,460 cases and nearly 330 people have died of Covid-19. The national capital also saw 161 people succumbing to the disease in the last 24 hours, the health bulletin showed, with the chief minister Arvind Kejriwal flagging the spike as a major concern. On Saturday, 24,375 Covid-19 cases and 167 deaths were reported in the city. The Delhi CM, Arvind Kejriwal has been continuously emphasizing that the rising cases have been exerting tremendous pressure on the NCR’s health infrastructure. Previously he requested the center to increase reserved beds for Covid-19 patients in central government hospitals in Delhi, adding,
“There are about 10,000 beds in central government hospitals in Delhi. Of
these, only 1,800 beds have been reserved for Corona. Considering the seriousness of the situation, we request that at least 7,000 beds should be reserved for Corona.”
He also highlighted the severe shortage of oxygen in Delhi communicated to Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and also Home Minister Amit Shah regarding the same. A weekend curfew was previously on in the capital to break the chain of transmission of the virus by continuing violations in parts of the citizens motioned that harsher steps on the part of the government
to control the situation. As per the earlier order,
“…auditoriums, restaurants, malls, gyms and spas were shut down in Delhi and movie theatres are allowed only with a third of their capacity. All gatherings — social, religious or political – were banned.”
Arvind Kejriwal in a virtual address on Friday itemized, “The situation is very serious and
worrisome. Cases have gone up fast. That is why we are facing shortages even though everything
seemed under control until a few days ago. But the speed at which this corona is growing, no one
knows where its peak will be.”
Last year, Delhi was under complete lockdown between March 22 and May 18 and after this, the
capital reopened in stages. With such upscaling cases and mortality rates in the NCR, the situation
seems to be worse as compared to the previous year.
Read more about Lockdown order here
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