New Delhi: The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government has decided to extend the Covid-induced lockdown in the national capital till 3 May. “The coronavirus situation had worsened, which is why we started a six-day lockdown last week. It is scheduled to end tomorrow.
But the infections are continuing to rise. In view of this, everybody agrees that we need to extend the restrictions to curb the spread further,” said Chief Minister Kejriwal on Sunday. “This is why, in consultation with people, the lockdown is being extended till next Monday, 5 am,” he added.
Further speaking about the oxygen shortage in the national capital, the CM said that the state and central teams are working together to ensure that the demand is met. “We have started a portal that will be updated every two hours by oxygen manufacturers, suppliers and hospitals for better management of oxygen supply,” said Kejriwal.
Reports of the government mulling an extension of the week-long lockdown had started doing rounds from Saturday. A six-day lockdown was announced by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on 19 April that will be in force till 5 am on Monday. The step was taken to break the chain of the coronavirus infection and boost the health system that was on the verge of collapse.
However, despite the restrictions, the positivity rate in Delhi continues to be over 30%. Kejriwal had earlier appealed to the migrant workers not to leave the city during the lockdown as he hoped that there might not be a need to extend it further.