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COVID-19 | Delhi Metro services suspended as more stringent lockdown is imposed

Delhi Metro services will be suspended from May 10. File   | Photo Credit: KRISHNAN VV

Delhi Metro services will be suspended for a week as part of a more stringent lockdown announced by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday. Extending the lockdown till May 17, the Delhi government has prohibited marriage ceremonies at public places, banquet halls, hotels and similar places during the period, and said that they can take place only at home or in courts with not more that 20 people in attendance. It has also called for effective checking of persons and vehicles on roads by placing adequate number of pickets with the objective to prevent unnecessary movement of people on roads as well as enforcing COVID-19-appropriate behaviour at inter-State bus terminals, railway stations, wholesale vegetable and fruit markets, and shops providing essential goods.

Mr. Kejriwal said that the lockdown that the government was compelled to impose on April 20 due to the surge in the number of new COVID-19 cases had been able to break the chain of transmission to some extent as the positivity rate has fallen from 35% on April 26 to less than 25% for the past few days. “We have used this lockdown period to strengthen our health resources and infrastructure. In the past few days, with the Central government’s help and based on the directions by the Supreme Court and High Court, the oxygen situation has improved, and we are receiving fewer SOS calls from hospitals,” Mr. Kejriwal said.

The Chief Minister said that he had consulted with all stakeholders and come to the decision that it was important to extend the lockdown for another week, otherwise the efforts that had been put in to reduce the number of cases would go to waste. “The infection rate is still 23% and we cannot afford to let our guard down. These restrictions need to be upheld for some more time otherwise we will lose whatever we have achieved till now. The second wave is quite deadly, with many losing lives. Only if we can live can we conquer. If we are able to live our lives, we can do a lot of things later in life. First and foremost, we have to save lives,” Mr. Kejriwal said.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority in an order on the extension of lockdown and the prohibition of marriage celebrations, said that service providers or owners of hotels, banquets, marriage halls, sound systems, the DJ, and catering will have to return the advance payments during the lockdown or would have to mutually agree to a later date for the ceremonies. It also asked the Delhi Police to ensure that the movement of individuals and vehicles should be allowed strictly as per the guidelines/ protocols prescribed in the curfew order.


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