Delhi Lockdown: Will CM Kejriwal extend restrictions amid spike in cases? Decision soon
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid the massive spike in coronavirus cases across the national capital, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government will likely extend the 'mini-lockdown' in the city-state by another week.
Reports suggest that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will likely review the situation in the national capital on Sunday, following which an order about extending the lockdown will be issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA).
"The idea behind the brief lockdown was that it will control the cases and give time to boost the health infrastructure, but the situation has gone from bad to worse. In such a situation, extending the lockdown, by maybe another week, is a possible option," news agency PTI quoted Delhi government sources as saying.
The Delhi government had announced a six-day lockdown in the city-state last week amid spike in COVID-19 cases. Making the annoucement, CM Kejriwal said that the situation in the national capital is "worrisome" which is why the lockdown is needed to prevent the collapse of the healthcare system of Delhi.
Though a lockdown was imposed in Delhi last week, the national capital continued to see a spike in cases with the city's positivity rate crossing the grim mark of 30 per cent. On Saturday, Delhi reported 357 COVID-19 deaths, the highest single-day rise, that pushed the city's fatality rate to 1.38 per cent.
Delhi's active COVID-19 case tally has also crossed the 93,000-mark after the national capital reported over 24,000 fresh cases. Delhi's total caseload stands at 10.04 lakh, as per the state health department.
Amid the massive spike in cases, calls to extend the lockdown in Delhi have also increased. On Saturday, the Chamber of Trade and Industry claimed that 70 per cent of the Delhi traders want the government to extend the lockdown till April 30.
"Most organisations were in favour of extending the lockdown for five to seven days in Delhi. The traders made it clear that they would follow the decision of the Delhi government only about the lockdown and won't do any lockdown on their part," PTI quoted CTI chairman Brijesh Goyal as saying.
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