NEW DELHI, May 9, 2021, India Today. The Delhi government on Sunday decided to extend the ongoing lockdown by another week in the wake of the prevailing Covid-19 situation in the city. The restrictions will be in place till May 17, India Today reported.
This would be the fourth week of the lockdown imposed as the Covid-19 numbers in the city skyrocketed.
Stating that even though Covid-19 cases have come down in the last few days, Arvind Kejriwal said any slackness would squander the gains achieved so far in the current wave of the pandemic. “The Delhi government had been forced to impose lockdown amid a steep rise in Covid-19 cases on April 20. Although, the cases have come down and the positivity rate has reduced from 35 per cent on April 26 to around 23 per cent now, strictness is needed,” he said.
Addressing a virtual press conference, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also announced that metro services will remain suspended during the period.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation tweeted: “In the wake of revised guidelines issued today by the Govt. of NCT of Delhi, on extension of Curfew in Delhi for the containment of Covid-19, the Delhi Metro services on all its Lines shall also remain suspended for passenger/essential services from 10 May till 5:00 AM of 17 May.”
The order, passed by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), says that there shall be an extension of curfew on the movement of individuals in the NCT of Delhi till 5 am on May 17.