DELHI (Metro Rail News): On Sunday, Delhi chief minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal extended the lockdown by one more week. Announcing the decision, Kejriwal said that Delhi has been recovering at a good speed, and the number of cases is on a steady decline. “But I do not want to lose the gains that we have achieved in the last few days. That is why we are extending the lockdown till 5 AM following Monday instead of ending it by Monday, May 17, 2021, the chief minister said.
Delhi has been under lockdown since April 19. All the restrictions will remain, including Delhi Metro operation, which will remain suspended until next Monday, i.e, 24th May 2021.
On Saturday, Delhi recorded 6430 cases with an 11 per cent positivity rate. The recovery was 11591, but the daily death number was still very high at
337. Till yesterday, the national capital had over 66000 active cases. So far, the national capital has recorded 21,244 deaths with a cumulative fatality rate of 1.53 per cent.
In Delhi, the cases started rising from the last week of March. By 5th April 2021, the daily infection breached the 5000-mark, and in the next two weeks, the daily tally was over 20000. This prompted the government to press immediate restrictions to break the rapid transmission in the national capital.
The chief minister first announced a weekend curfew, but later it went for a week-long lockdown. On 19th April 2021, Shri Arvind Kejriwal said that the lockdown would be effective till April However, the restrictions were further extended as the case positivity rate was still very high. Delhi is among the ten worst-hit states in India. Maharashtra tops the list followed by Karnataka, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan.