Amid exponentially rising COVID-19 cases in New Delhi, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announced a week-long lockdown from April 19th to April 26th. The lockdown will kick off at 10 PM on April 19, 2021, and will be enforced till 5 AM, April 26, 2021.

Background:

After coming clean about New Delhi facing oxygen shortage on Saturday, Delhi CM Kejriwal had a virtual press briefing about the current state of the state. Kejriwal in his announcement mentioned that he had a detailed meeting with Delhi L-G Anil Baijal and other senior officials about the COVID-19 crisis in the city.

Announcement:

Here is what Mr. Kejriwal was quoted saying in his press briefing:

“Situation is extremely grim”

“The current situation is extremely grim. Yesterday close to 23,500 cases were reported. Prior to that more than 25,000 cases were reported. In the past couple of days, the city has been reporting an average of 25,000 cases each day. The positivity rate has also increase drastically. If the situation continues with the same pace, the health infrastructure of Delhi will be crushed.”

“Health infrastructure is in extreme stress, may collapse if no steps are taken”

“Even though there are 25,000 cases being reported daily, the health infrastructure still is intact. But it is in extreme stress. And if the situation persists, the health system could completely collapse. This could lead to catastrophic consequences.”

“Just yesterday, a private hospital evaded a major catastrophe as it had run out of medical oxygen. The hospital somehow managed to find some more oxygen. But this can’t continue. The Delhi government now believes that a lockdown is necessary.”

“Please don’t leave my city”: Kejriwal to migrant workers

“I want to assure the migrant workers of the city that hopefully this lockdown will be of only 6 days. Hence I appeal to you with folded hands to not leave my city.”

“Will ramp up efforts in 6 days”

“Over the next six days while the city will be under lockdown, we will ramp up our efforts of strengthening our medical infrastructure thanks to the support of Delhi public and the Central government.”

Delhi Week-long Lockdown- What’s open?

  • Offices of Government of India, its subsidiaries will remain open.
  • All judicial officers and staff members of Delhi High Court, Supreme Court of India will be permitted given they produce a Service ID card or Permission Letter issued by the Court.
  • All private medical personals such as doctors, nursing staff, paramedical will be eligible to move and medical services such as diagnostic centres, testing labs will remain operational.
  • Electronic and print media personals will be eligible to move given a Valid identification card.
  • Students who are to appear for examinations will be allowed to travel. They will have to produce their admit card. Staff deployed in exam duties will also be allowed given they can produce an ID card.
  • Shops dealing with food, groceries, fruits, vegetables, dairies, milk booths, meat & fish will be allowed to open.
  • Pharmacies will remain open.
  • Petrol Pumps, LPG stations will remain open.
  • Cold storage and warehousing services will remain open.
  • Restaurants will be open only for takeaways and deliveries.

Delhi Week-long Lockdown- What’s completely closed?

  • All private offices, non-essential shops will remain closed.
  • Shopping centers, malls, weekly markets, manufacturing units, cinemas & theatre, restaurants & bars, gardens & sports complexes, auditoriums & assembly halls, entertainment/amusement/water parks, swimming pools will remain completely closed.
  • All cultural, religious, political entertainment, academic gatherings are completely banned.
  • Construction activities are completely closed (except for sites where labors reside on site).

Delhi Week-long Lockdown- State of Public Transport

  • Delhi Metro, public buses will continue operating at 50% of its seating capacity.
  • Auto rickshaws and e-rickshaws can remain operational with maximum of 2 passengers.
  • Taxis can remain operational with maximum of 2 passengers.

Outbreak numbers:

On Sunday, April 18 India’s total number of COVID-19 cases crossed the 15-million mark as the nation reported a record single-day increase of 2,73,810 new cases. Meanwhile the active cases crossed the 1.9 million mark.

Meanwhile, Delhi on Sunday had the highest jump in daily COVID-19 cases with 25,562 new cases with a positivity ratio of 30%. The positivity rate is highly alarming as it signifies that one in every third tested sample turns out positive.