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Breather for Delhi: Malls, markets to open on odd-even basis from Monday

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  • ‘Situation under control’, says Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as he announces decision to allow offices as well as Metro to function at 50% capacity from June 7

New Delhi: Shopping malls and markets in Delhi will be able to reopen from Monday, June 7, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said while announcing further relaxations in the lockdown. Last week, factories and construction sites had been allowed to resume work. It has been over a month since the lockdown was imposed in the national capital following a sudden spike in cases of Covid-19.

Shops will be allowed to remain open from 10 am to 8 pm on alternate days on an odd-even basis. The Delhi Metro will be able to operate at 50 per cent capacity. Government and private offices will be allowed to reopen with 50 per cent attendance. The odd-even rule will not apply to standalone shops and those under the essential services category.

The city recorded 523 fresh COVID-19 cases and 50 fatalities on Friday, while the positivity rate stood at 0.68 per cent, according to Delhi government data.

Getting ready for third wave

Kejriwal also spoke about the government’s preparations to deal with a possible third wave. He said that a paediatric task force had been formed to decide the number of beds, ICU facilities and other equipment needed for children who, it is feared, may be affected significantly in the third wave. Oxygen storage capacity of 450 MT is being created, he said, adding that the government would also purchase 25 oxygen tankers. As many as 64 small oxygen plants would be installed in a month or two. A team of experts and doctors will prescribe useful medicines and a buffer stock of Covid medicines will be created, he said

 

 

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