Delhi will shut down on weekends from Friday to “break the chain of transmission” because it tackles a steep rise in Covid instances, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal introduced at the moment. Throughout the weekend curfew, important actions like weddings deliberate already might be allowed with passes.
Auditoriums, eating places, malls, gyms and spas might be shut down and film theatres might be allowed with a 3rd of their capability on weekdays. Consuming out is banned and solely dwelling deliveries and takeaways are allowed. Weekly markets will proceed however with restrictions – one market might be allowed on any day at a given zone.
Calling the wave of latest instances deadlier than earlier than, Mr Kejriwal mentioned all gatherings — social, spiritual or political – stand banned. The variety of folks at weddings might be restricted to 50 and solely 20 folks might be allowed at funerals.
“These restrictions are on your sake, for you and also you households. It will likely be inconvenient however these restrictions are essential to interrupt the chain of transmission,” Arvind Kejriwal mentioned in a video handle.
He added, “Do not panic. All important providers might be obtainable by means of the weekend.”
Mr Kejriwal introduced the curbs after assembly with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and high officers earlier at the moment.
Delhi reported 17,282 recent instances of COVID-19 on Wednesday within the highest single-day surge within the capital for the reason that pandemic erupted. The determine makes Delhi the worst-hit metropolis within the second wave of infections raging by means of the nation.
Over 100 deaths had been reported yesterday.
Delhi’s price of individuals testing optimistic has climbed to almost 16 per cent, up from 12.4 p.c on Monday.
Earlier than yesterday, the best single-day spike in Delhi was reported in November — 8,593 instances.
There are 50,736 lively instances thus far in Delhi.
Throughout India, Covid instances climbed to a brand new document of over two lakh infections in 24 hours.
Mr Kejriwal had earlier mentioned a lockdown isn’t the easiest way to sluggish the unfold of the coronavirus and that it might be enforced provided that the “hospital system collapses” in Delhi.
The Delhi authorities this week linked banquet halls, faculties and sports activities complexes to hospitals to ramp up beds for Covid therapy. Personal hospitals have been informed to put aside a piece of beds for virus instances.
Final 12 months, Delhi was underneath full lockdown between March 22 and Could 18 and after this, the capital reopened in levels.