New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: After agreeing on Centre’s suggestion to open standalone shops last week, the Delhi government has now relaxed the lockdown restrictions further and allowed veterinarians, plumbers, electricians and repairers of water purifiers to resume their work from Tuesday, after reviewing the COVID-19 situation in the national capital.

In an order issued on Monday, Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has allowed operations of veterinary hospitals, dispensaries, clinics, pathology labs, sale and supply of vaccine and medicine, which were prohibited under the lockdown norms to contain the spread of coronavirus.

The government also allowed operation of homes for children, disabled, mentally challenged, senior citizens, destitute, women and widows.

Movement (inter and intra State, including by air) of all medical and veterinary personnel, scientists, nurses, para-medical staff, lab technicians, mid-wives and other hospital support services including ambulances have been exempted from lockdown restrictions.

Online teaching/distance learning to be encouraged, read the order signed by Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Dev.

Services provided by self-employed persons - electricians, plumbers and repairing of water purifiers have also been exempted while shops of educational books for students and electric fans will also open.

Earlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that all standalone shops, neighbourhood shops, and shops in residential complexes are allowed to open in urban areas. Shops in markets, market complexes, and shopping malls will remain closed. However, the relaxations are not applicable in hotspots and containment zones.

Meanwhile, the total number of coronavirus cases in the national capital crossed the 3,000-mark, with 190 fresh cases being reported in a day by Monday evening, according to the officials. No fresh death was reported for second successive day on Monday. The total number of cases have risen to 3,108, officials said, adding that 877 patients have recovered and active cases stand at 2,177.

Of the total number of 54 fatalities reported till date, 29 of the deceased were aged 60 and above, making over 53 per cent of the total death cases, they said. Fifteen of them were aged between 50-59 and 10 were aged less than 50 years, the officials said.



(With Agencies Inputs)

Posted By: Talib Khan