New Delhi, May 9 (MNN) The lockdown in Delhi – which was slated to end on Monday morning – has been extended by another week to May 17, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Sunday.
The Delhi Metro would be shut from Monday morning onwards.
He said that the coronavirus situation in Delhi was still “dangerous” and he had talked in the last few days with various stakeholders, who had demanded the extension in the lockdown period.
The corona cases have come down, but there is still no room for laxity. We have to continue with the lockdown for another week. So, the lockdown has been extended till the morning of next Monday,” he said.
He pointed out that the lockdown in Delhi was announced on April 20 as there was a surge in corona cases in the national capital.
“On April 26, Delhi reported a positivity rate of 35, which slowly began to come down as the number of cases decreased. Now, Delhi has a positivity rate of 23,” Kejriwal said.
He said that people from all walks of life had cooperated with the government to make the lockdown a success. “We are not doing a favour to anyone,” the Aam Aadmi Party leader said.
The Chief Minister said that his government used the lockdown period to strengthen the health infrastructure in the national capital.
“Medical oxygen supply posed the biggest problem in Delhi. However, in the last few days, with the cooperation from the Indian government and orders issued by the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court, the oxygen supply situation has improved considerably,” he said.
He also reminded people that the Delhi government had started vaccination drive for the 18-45 age group in last few days, which had elicited huge public response.
“People even from the National Capital Region are coming to Delhi to get vaccinated. However, our stocks of the vaccine are low. Hence, we appeal to the Union government to send us sufficient supplies,” Kejriwal said.
He appealed to the public to cooperate to make the lockdown a success.
On May 1, Kejriwal had announced that the Delhi lockdown — that was to end on May 3 – had been extended by one week.
On April 25, MNN had reported that the six-day lockdown scheduled to end at 5 am on April 26 had been extended.
The Delhi Chief Minister had then said that the extension was “necessary” in view of the coronavirus situation prevailing in Delhi.
“The ‘kehar’ (savagery) of the coronavirus still continues,” he had remarked.