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Delhi, UP extend lockdown till May 17 to curb spread of COVID

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With the COVID-19 spread still out of control, two states—Delhi and Uttar Pradesh have decided to extend the lockdowns imposed earlier till May 17. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has also clarified that lockdown restrictions will be stricter this time and even metro services will not operate during this period.

While the lockdown earlier imposed by these states has reduced the positivity rate, experts think that it is still high and a further reduction is required.

The Delhi CM said that the positivity rate was 35 per cent in mid-April that has declined to 23 per cent due to the lockdown. However, 23 per cent is considered high and it needs to be brought down further, the Delhi CM said. He further said that the state government cannot afford leniency and therefore, the lockdown needs to be extended.

Kejriwal also said that the decision to extend the lockdown has been taken while considering the feedback received from citizens. He also said that the oxygen crisis has improved and now there are no SOS calls from hospitals for oxygen. He, however, said that there is a shortage of vaccines and the state government has urged the Centre to increase supply to meet the demand.

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Meanwhile, an Uttar Pradesh government spokesperson said that the lockdown has been extended in the state to break the chain of transmission of the viral infection. During the extended lockdown, shops and establishments will remain closed.

COVID-19 situation in India

The health ministry on Sunday informed that over 4.03 lakh fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally past 2.22 crore.

Also, 4,092 COVID-19 related deaths were reported by the ministry during this period. The addition of the fresh fatalities has taken India’s death toll due to the deadly virus to 2,42,362.

Of the over 2.22 crore coronavirus cases reported so far, over 37.36 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is 16.76 per cent of the total caseload. Interestingly, over 1.83 crore cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.

So far, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), over 30.22 crore samples for COVID-19 have been tested in the country

 

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