New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced his decision to extend the lockdown in the national capital till May 31. Making the annoucement in virtual press conference, Kejriwal said that there is no room for "laxity", adding that around 1,600 cases were reported in the past 24 hours. 

"I consulted many people and the general opinion favoured lockdown extension for one week. So, Delhi government has decided that lockdown will be extended to 5 AM on May 31," Kejriwal said while adding that the the process of unlock will start from May 31 in a phased manner if the number of COVID-19 cases continued to decline.

Notably, Kejriwal, who imposed a lockdown last month, which was later extended multiple times, had earlier this week also hinted that restrictions will be extended in Delhi as the "threat of coronavirus" still remains, adding that the city's positivity rate has declined to 3.5 per cent.

"The virus is reducing in Delhi slowly and steadily, and I hope it diminishes completely and does not rise again. However, we are not going to become negligent in anyway," Kejriwal was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

Meanwhile, a survey conducted by a community platform LocalCircles has found that 68 per cent of people in Delhi are in favour of extending the lockdown for another week. Brijesh Goyal, the chairman of the Chamber of Trade and Industry(CTI), has also said that 50 per cent of traders of Delhi want the restrictions to be extended.

Delhi, one of the worst-hit cities in India, has been witnessing a decline in daily COVID-19 cases. On Saturday, the city recorded 2,260 new infections and 182 fatalities with the positivity rate slipping to 3.58 per cent.

The number of cumulative cases in Delhi on Saturday stood at 14.15 lakh. Over 13.6 lakh patients have recovered from the virus. The number of active cases, on the other hand, decreased to 31,308 on Saturday from 35,683 a day before.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma