The cases of Covid-19 are increasing rapidly in the country, and breaking the chain, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announced the weekend lockdown in the capital. The state government applied the new restrictions after New Delhi reported 17,282 fresh cases. It is the highest single-day spike in the positive cases and 104 deaths on April 14.
Back in November, 8,500 cases were reported in a day. On April 14, Delhi’s positivity rate —the proportion of samples that test positive— also spiked to 15.92 %, a sharp rise from 13.14 % on April 13.
Arvind Kejriwal’s Statement on Weekend Lockdown/Curfew
After meeting with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baija to discuss Delhi’s COVID-19 situation, he said, “I had a meeting with L-G. We have decided to impose a weekend curfew in Delhi. This is because people generally go out for work on weekdays and entertainment on weekends. So to break the chain, we are imposing a weekend curfew, exempting essential services. And People attending weddings in Delhi to be given e-passes to facilitate movement during weekend curfew.
He further added, “There is no shortage of beds in hospitals in Delhi. According to the latest data, more than 5000 beds are available.”
During the press conference, he instructed gyms, malls, and auditoriums to remain closed. But cinema halls will remain operational with 30% capacity. Moreover, the weekly markets will be allowed per day per zone. For the restaurants, only home delivery is allowed. However, he also said that curfew passes would be issued to every essential service provider.
The Chief Minister of Delhi also held a meeting with Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain, chief secretary, and other senior officials on April 15 to review the current situation and plan to control the coronavirus cases in Delhi.