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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that his Government has decided not to relax lockdown restrictions in the national capital from 20 April. In a digital press conference today, Mr Kejriwal said, Delhi Government will re-assess the situation after one week. He said, coronavirus is spreading in Delhi so the containment zones are increasing, but situation is under control.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week announced that the areas that have no hotspots or show improvement in reducing the number of cases will get some relaxation in the lockdown. He announced an extension of national lockdown till 3 May.
Mr Kejriwal said, there have been cases where people without symptoms were found infected by COVID-19. The Chief Minister mention the Tablighi Jamaat markaz incident as the reason for the spread of the virus, pointing out that Delhi accounts for 12 percent corona cases due to Tablighi Jamaat, found in the entire country.
He said “I also want to give a relaxation. People are facing a lot of trouble. If we give that relaxation and the situation worsens, then we won’t be able to forgive ourselves. The situation is worrying but we don’t need to panic. We need to work to reduce this. Currently, there are 1,900 cases in Delhi. If there was no lockdown, imagine the effect there would have been. Other countries are suffering because they don’t have enough ICU’s, ventilators,”
Meanwhile, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that out of 736 corona tests conducted in Delhi yesterday, 186 came positive. In a tweet, Mr. Sisodia said, this is not a good sign and areas where corona patients have been found have been sealed and declared as hotspots. He requested people to stay in their homes.