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Lockdown in Delhi extended by a week till May 10, says CM Arvind Kejriwal

 The lockdown in Delhi will now continue till 5 am on May 10 and restrictions/relaxations that were announced in the previous order will continue.
 

Lockdown in Delhi extended by a week till May 10, says CM Arvind Kejriwal-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published May 2, 2021, 8:38 AM IST
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The Delhi government on Saturday extended the lockdown in the Capital by another week as the city’s health care infrastructure continued to remain overwhelmed by a massive surge in infections, with 412 people dying of Covid-19 — the most in a single day.

Announcing the decision, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, "Lockdown in Delhi is being extended by one week."

The lockdown in Delhi will now continue till 5 am on May 10 and restrictions/relaxations that were announced in the previous order will continue.

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.

Essential activities, including the sale and supply of food items, groceries, medicines, etc, are allowed during lockdown. There will be no restrictions on the movement of health care workers, frontline workers, government staff, judicial officials, journalists and those seeking medical attention. Services provided by self-employed persons such as plumbers, electricians and those engaged in repairing of water purifiers; courier services; shops that sell educational books for students; and those selling electric fans are also allowed with a valid e-pass for movement.

Earlier, 12 patients, including a senior doctor, died at Delhi's Batra Hospital on Saturday died allegedly due to oxygen shortage.

On Friday, the city recorded 375 deaths due to Covid and 27,047 fresh cases with a positivity rate of 32.69%. It was the ninth consecutive day of Delhi recording 300 coronavirus-related deaths.

Kejriwal earlier today said that large-scale vaccination against Covid for people between 18 years and 44 years in Delhi will start on Monday.

Speaking to ANI, the chief minister said, "Vaccination for people between 18-44 years started at only one centre. This is symbolic. We have received 4.5 lakh vaccine doses. It is being distributed in all districts. Large-scale vaccination in Delhi will begin from the day after tomorrow. There is no walk-in for now. I request people to come only with registration and appointment."

NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitize, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona

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