New Delhi: Amid the rising Covid-19 cases in Delhi, the national capital will go under a rigorous six-day lockdown beginning tonight till Monday morning, 26 April, as announced by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a press conference.
The curfew will begin at 10 tonight and will stay in force till 5 am on April 26. The categories of professionals and individuals who have been exempted from the ambit of the weekend curfew are the same for this week-long curfew as well. During the curfew, essential services, food services, and medical services will continue. The CM said that keeping in mind the previously planned many weddings in the coming week, arrangements have been made to issue e-passes to the guests. Wedding gatherings can only be held with 50 people, he reiterated.
“Delhi is facing the fourth wave of Covid-19. Close to 25,000 cases have been reported now. Delhi's health system has reached its limits. I won’t say that the system has collapsed but it has reached its limits,” Kejriwal said, stressing that the Covid situation in Delhi is severe.
E-passes will be issued to shopkeepers selling medicines, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish; people working in banks, telecom/internet services, delivery of essential goods, petrol pumps; those going for Covid-19 vaccination. Marriages scheduled during the course of the week will also be allowed, Kejriwal said. At marriages and funerals, up to 50 and 20 persons respectively will be allowed.
Those engaged in essential services will be exempted. These include government officials, police, health workers, pregnant women and other patients, people travelling to and from airports, railway stations and ISBTs, electronic and print media, but only with valid tickets and ID cards. He also asked people to place their faith in him and asked the migrant labourers not to leave the city as the government will take strong measures to improve the situation in the capital during this time.
“It's a small lockdown, but only for six days. Don't leave Delhi. I'm very hopeful that we won't need to extend the lockdown. The government will take care of you,” he said. “In the next six days, we will make arrangements for more beds in Delhi. The lockdown period will be used to arrange for oxygen and medicine,” he further added.
Last year, Delhi was under a complete lockdown between March 22 and May 18. Beginning May 19, the city had reopened in phases.