Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has extended the lockdown in the city by another week, making the restrictions stricter. Even the metro services have been suspended this time. The lockdown will be on till 5 am on May 17.
Mr Kejriwal said the extension is meant to ensure that the city does not let its guard down. “The positivity rate has gone down but still we can’t afford leniency. We need to extend to lockdown,” Mr Kejriwal said.
The positivity rate has dropped from 35 per cent to 23 per cent, but doctors say even this is very high.
“During the lockdown we utilised the time to enhance our healthcare infrastructure. The main issue in Delhi was oxygen shortage. With Centre’s help, the condition is better now,” he added.
This would be the fourth week of the lockdown imposed as the Covid numbers in the national capital skyrocketed, bringing the hospitals to their knees and pushing patients and doctors to look to social media for help amid a huge crisis of oxygen, beds and drugs.