Delhi Covid-19 lockdown extended till May 24

Migrant workers leave Delhi on foot amid the nationwide lockdown over coronavirus outbreak on Thursday.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

NEW DELHI, May 16, 2021, HT. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced extension of Covid-19 lockdown in the national capital till May 24. “We are extending the lockdown for one more week. Instead of tomorrow, lockdown is extended till next Monday, 5am in Delhi,” Kejriwal said while speaking to reporters, Hindustan Times reported.

Kejriwal said that the lockdown is being extended as the gains made so far in combating Covid-19 cannot be lost due to relaxations now.

“The recovery rate is going up and the positivity rate is going down. In the last 24 hours, around 6,500 new cases have been recorded in Delhi and the positivity rate has dropped to 10% — down from 11% the previous day. We cannot let our guards down now,” the Delhi CM said.

When asked if Delhi metro service would resume, the chief minister said,”Restrictions will remain as it is this week.”

Movement of people and economic activities are prohibited in the lockdown with exemptions for those engaged in essential services and the supply chain of essential goods. Metro services will continue to remain suspended and public buses have been asked to cater only to essential service providers.


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