With a total of 77 containment zones, the national capital has reported 1,893 novel coronavirus cases so far including 42 deaths.
New Delhi| In the wake of a surge in COVID-19 cases Delhi govt has determined not to ease the ongoing lockdown for now as the virus seems to be spreading in the national capital, CM Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday.
Urging people to stay indoors, Chief Minister said the situation would be reviewed again after a week.
Mr Kejriwal while addressing a press briefing this afternoon said, “According to the union government’s directions, lockdown can be relaxed in those areas that are not infected by the coronavirus pandemic from April 20, which is tomorrow. However, the constraints can’t be relaxed in containment zones,”.
“Delhi has 11 districts… all of them are hotspots. The city has seen a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in the last few days as we increased testing,” CM added.
Following Maharashtra, the national capital has the second-highest number of cases with 1,893 infected patients. CM Arvind Kejriwal said even when the city accounts for 2% of India’s population, the cases account for 12% of the total in the country. Delhi has 77 containment zones, which have been sealed to control the spread of the deadly disease.
In the Central government’s list of red, white and green zones, 10 of 11 districts appeared in the red zone, with nine have large outbreaks and one with a cluster outbreak.
The national lockdown, which commenced on March 25 to curb the spread of the highly infectious COVID-19, is to be continued till May 3.
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Across India, more than 15,000 have contracted COVID-19, nearly 500 have died.