New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday announced that the lockdown imposed in the national capital to stem the growth of the COVID-19 will last till Monday at 5 am. Kejriwal said that the government will start the unlocking process in the city-state from Monday.

During the unlocking process construction activities and factories will be reopened from Monday keeping the daily wage workers in mind, Kejriwal said. The announcement from the chief minister came as the national capital reported 1,141 cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. Also, the positivity rate in Delhi has come down to 1.5 per cent. 

"At a meeting of Delhi Disaster Management Authority on Friday, it was decided that the lockdown be lifted gradually. In the process, we have to take care of the lowest strata first ... daily wagers, labourers, migrant workers," he said.

"Keeping this in mind, it has been decided to open factories and allow construction activities for one week from Monday," he said, adding "the government will continue the unlock process every week based on the opinion of experts and the public".

However, if the cases start rising again, we will have to stop the unlock exercise, he added and appealed to people not to step out unless it is absolutely necessary.

"After facing so many problems, we have gained control over the 2nd wave somehow. This doesn't mean the fight has ended. The situation is under control for now. In the last 24 hours, the positivity rate stood at around 1.5 per cent." 

The national capital has been under a lockdown since April 19 in view of a surge in COVID-19 cases in the second wave of the pandemic. All activities except the essential services have been prohibited during the lockdown. All markets, shops except for those selling essential items, shopping malls were closed when the lockdown in Delhi was started. 

Delhi recorded 1,141 fresh cases of COVID-19 and 139 fatalities from the infection on Friday, while the positivity rate stood at 1.59 per cent, according to data shared by the city Health Department.

This is the third consecutive day when the daily cases count have stood below the 1500-mark. As per the latest health bulletin, these new fatalities pushed the death toll from COVID-19 here to 23,951.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan