No relaxation of COVID-19 lockdown in Delhi from April 20: Kejriwal

No relaxation of COVID-19 lockdown in Delhi from April 20: Kejriwal

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New Delhi, Apr 19: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that the Delhi Government has decided not to permit any relaxation of the lockdown from April 20 as the number of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continue to rise in the national capital.

Addressing a digital press conference here, Mr Kejriwal said, 'After assessing the prevailing situation, we have decided not to permit any relaxation in the lockdown in Delhi, as of now.' He said the state government will review its decision after a week. Delhi currently has the second-highest number of cases after Maharashtra with 1893 people testing positive. Mr Kejriwal asserted that even though Delhi accounts for 2 per cent of India’s population, the cases account for 12 per cent of the total cases in the country.

He said Delhi has 77 containment zones that have been sealed to control the spread of the disease. Mr Kejriwal said, "As per the instructions of the Central government, some restrictions of the lockdown can be lifted from tomorrow, especially in the areas that have not been severely impacted by COVID-19. We have to deliberate on which restrictions imposed should be relaxed. The central government has also said that restrictions should not be relaxed in the hotspot areas or containment zones.

There are containment zones in all the 11 districts in Delhi.' 'The Delhi government has done its assessment in consultation with various experts and departments. In the last few days, there has been a considerable rise in the number of COVID-19 positive cases in Delhi. We have also increased our testing capacity and the cases are also rising," he said. (UNI)