Kejriwal: Delhi To Impose Lockdown In COVID-19 Hotspot Markets If Surge Continues

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (File Image)

A day after union Home Minister Amit Shah held an emergency meeting with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on the spike of coronavirus cases in the national capital, Kejriwal hinted at imposing a lockdown in potential COVID-19 hotspot markets to tackle the crisis.

Briefing the media he informed that he had proposed a plan to the Centre that if required, Delhi Government can implement shutting down those markets for a few days, where norms are not being followed and they are becoming a local COVID -19 hotspot.

CM Arvind Kejriwal said that earlier when the coronavirus curve in Delhi was moving downwards, his government allowed 200 people to attend a marriage but now since the surge in the cases is observed, Delhi government has sent a proposal to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to roll back its decision to allow the gathering of 200 people in marriage ceremonies and restrict the number back to 50 again.

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He also thanked the Centre for helping people of Delhi by increasing 750 ICU beds immediately and added that all government agencies have doubled their efforts to control the COVID-19 surge, but it can’t be done till people take precautions.

As many as 3,797 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the national capital in the last 24 hours, taking the total count of cases to 4,89,202. With 99 deaths being reported in a day, the toll due to the disease reached 7,713.

According to the Delhi health department, 3,560 people recovered in 24 hours, taking the number of total recoveries to 4,41,361.

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