'Have no plan to impose lockdown again,' says Arvind Kejriwal as coronavirus cases rise in Delhi
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday clarified that the state government has "no plan" to implement the lockdown again to control the coronavirus crisis in the national capital.
"Many people are speculating whether another lockdown in Delhi in being planned. There are no such plans," Kejriwal said in a tweet.
Many people are speculating whether another lockdown in Delhi in being planned. There are no such plans.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 15, 2020
The statement from the Delhi Chief Minister comes after several reports claimed that the state government might reimpose the lockdown in the national capital to control the pandemic in the city-state.
The novel coronavirus has been growing at an alarming rate in the national capital. The deadly virus has affected over 41,000 people and claimed the lives of more than 1,300 in Delhi so far.
According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the active number of coronavirus cases in Delhi stands at 24,032 while more than 15,000 have been cured and discharged from hospitals.
Earlier, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain had also dismissed the reports that the lockdown will be reimposed in the national capital. "No, the lockdown will not be extended," Jain was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday held a meeting with the leaders of all political parties of Delhi on Monday to discuss the coronavirus crisis in the national capital. The meeting was attended by the leaders of BJP, AAP, Congress and the BSP.
On Sunday, Shah had also held two high-level meetings with Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, mayors and commissioners of Delhi's three municipal corporations to strengthen the strategy to fight the highly contagious infection in the city.
Announcing a slew of measures after the meeting, Shah said COVID-19 tests would be started at every polling station in the containment zones and a comprehensive house-to-house health survey would be conducted in the hotspots for contact tracing.
In view of shortage of beds for coronavirus patients in Delhi, the Modi government has decided to immediately provide 500 railway coaches, which will be equipped with all facilities, Shah had said.
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