New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced the extension of COVID-19 lockdown for one more week, in a bid to stem the spread of the dreaded virus.
The restrictions, which also includes the suspension of Metro services, will now stay in place till 17 May. Addressing a digital press conference here, Kejriwal said, ‘We must remember that ‘Jaan Hai Toh Jahan Hai’, therefore, this lockdown will be stricter and the Delhi Metro will not be plying from May 10.’
Notably, the National Capital is already under a lockdown since April 19, 2200 hrs.
“On April 20, Delhi imposed the lockdown, on April 26, the positivity rate touched 35 per cent and with the cooperation of the citizens now the positivity rate is around 23 per cent, which means the chain of COVID infection has started to break,” the Chief Minister said adding that every citizen has cooperated during this lockdown and expressed his hope that this cooperation will continue.
Kejriwal said he spoke to people across the spectrum to get their feedback on lockdown. During this lockdown, the Delhi government has worked round the clock to develop better health infrastructure and to upgrade the system, Kejriwal said.
He said that the Central government has helped Delhi in every situation, and since at present, more vaccines were the need of the hour, he hoped that the Centre will provide an adequate number of vaccines soon.