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Traders’ body urges Delhi CM to extend lockdown by another week, shuts markets

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) on Friday asked the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to extend the COVID-19-induced lockdown in the national capital for another week as the state grapples with rising number of Coronavirus cases. They also decided to shut markets for one more week.

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The announcement regarding the closure of markets was made by CAIT’s Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal on Saturday, where it took the ‘voluntary decision’ to keep markets closed from April 26 till May 2.

“As and when the situation is improved, the lockdown can be lifted,” the confederation said in a statement.

It added that although lockdown will cause financial loss to traders and the economy, “yet we are of the considered opinion that in order to save the lives of the people of Delhi and protect them from any further spread of COVID-19, we have sought the extension”.

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On April 19, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced to put the national capital under complete lockdown till April 26 morning. “Delhi’s health system is unable to take more patients in big numbers,” he had said.

Arvind Kejriwal had also stated, “If a lockdown isn’t implemented now the situation will go beyond control.”

One of the worst hit states, Delhi logged 24,331 new COVID-19 infections and a record single-day jump of 348 deaths on Friday. It also recorded around 2,100 coronavirus-related fatalities in the last 11 days.

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On Tuesday, the city had recorded its highest single-day jump with 28,395 cases.

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