The lockdown in Delhi that was to come to an end on Monday has been now extended by another week, with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asserting that the gains made in the fight against COVID-19 cannot be wasted by providing relaxation now.
The AAP chief during a visit to the GTB Hospital said, “We are extending the lockdown by one more week in Delhi.” He pointed out that the national capital has recorded a significant surge in COVID-19 recoveries in the past few days and the daily cases are also declining.
It was the fourth extension since the lockdown was imposed on April 19 in a desperate move to combat the spiralling COVID-19 cases and deaths being reported in the national capital at that point in time.
Need to bring down positivity rate
As of Saturday, the case positivity rate in Delhi dropped to 11 per cent, which means that out of every 100 tests carried out in the national capital, 11 samples returned positive. While the positivity rate that was around 35 per cent in mid-April, has dropped to nearly 10 per cent. However, doctors say this needs to be pulled down below five per cent.
CM Kejriwal said, “In the last 24 hours, Delhi saw 6,000 cases. The positivity rate has dropped to 10 per cent. Gradually, Delhi is coming back on track. I hope the recovery will be better next week. Restrictions will be the same as before.”
COVID-19 situation in Delhi
Delhi was in very bad shape due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, with an acute shortage of hospital beds, oxygen and essential medicines. The situation resulted in the state and the Central government blaming each other for the mismanagement. The intervention of the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court and a surge in oxygen supply came as a major relief for the national capital as things started to improve.
The lockdown imposed by the Kejriwal government came at the right time that contributed to containing the situation and slow down the spread of the virus.
Delhi registered 6,430 cases in the last 24 hours, whereas 11,592 people recovered from the viral infection. Also, 337 people succumbed to the virus on Saturday that has taken the death toll to 21,244.
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