Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced that the lockdown will continue as usual in Delhi and no relaxations will be allowed before a review meeting of experts on April 27.
“Delhi has 11 districts and all of them have been declared hotspots. As per the central government, restrictions cannot be relaxed in containment zones,” Kejriwal said.
“Keeping in mind the lives of all Delhi residents, we have decided that there will be no relaxation in lockdown norms from tomorrow. We will sit in a meeting with all experts again on April 27 and review the situation. If need be, the lockdown norms will be relaxed after that,” he added.
At present, Delhi has over 75 hotpots where strict lockdown guidelines are in place.
After assessing the prevailing situation in Delhi, we have decided not to permit any relaxation of the lockdown, as of now. https://t.co/mPIOpuF2KR
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 19, 2020
Kejriwal said there are around 1,900 cases in Delhi at present, out of which 26 people are in ICU and six are on ventilator support and 43 have died.
He indicated that the numbers could increase if the lockdown is relaxed and added that it will become extremely difficult to treat people if cases rise exponentially.
While Kejriwal said there is no need to panic and the situation is still under control, he was concerned that 186 positive cases identified yesterday in Delhi were asymptomatic in nature and that the people did not even know.
Kejriwal said relaxing lockdown restrictions now may result in further rise in cases and said, “We have decided to keep people of Delhi safe, the lockdown will remain, there will be no relaxation. Will review again after a week”.