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Lockdown in Delhi extended by another week: what’s allowed, what’s not

By Priyanka Verma 
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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal today announced the lockdown in the national capital has been extended till 5 am on May 17, making the restrictions stricter. He added that even metro services will be stopped till May 17.

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Mr Kejriwal said the extension is meant to ensure that the city does not let its guard down. “The positivity rate has gone down but still we can’t afford leniency. We need to extend to lockdown,” Mr Kejriwal said.

The positivity rate has dropped from 35 per cent to 23 per cent, but doctors say even this is very high.

Marriages can only be held at home or court with not more than 20 people, according to an order issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA).

“There will be a complete prohibition on marriage ceremonies at public places, banquet halls, hotels and similar places during the period,” it said.

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“During the lockdown we utilised the time to enhance our healthcare infrastructure. The main issue in Delhi was oxygen shortage. With Centre’s help, the condition is better now,” he said.

This would be the fourth week of the lockdown imposed as the Covid numbers in the national capital skyrocketed, bringing the hospitals to their knees and pushing patients and doctors to look to social media for help amid a huge crisis of oxygen, beds and drugs.

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During the previous restrictions, the metro was available in the morning (8 am to 10 in) and evening (5 pm to 7 pm) peak hours across the network with a headway (frequency) of 30 minutes.

A six-day lockdown was announced by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on 19 April. It was later earlier extended to 3 May and then 10 May with Delhi’s hospitals overloaded and oxygen and medicine supplies running low.

The national capital recorded 332 more Covid-19 deaths and 17,364 new infections on Saturday. The positivity rate remained below 25% for the third consecutive day, the state health department said.

The infection tally rose to 13,10,231, out of which over 12.03 lakh people have recovered.

Of the 22,289 hospital beds for coronavirus patients in the city, only 2,451 are vacant. As many as 49,865 patients are in home isolation and the number of containment zones has risen to 51,338, according to the bulletin.

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