Weekend lockdown in Delhi as Covid-19 surge continues with 16,699 new cases

With 16,699 fresh cases, the state's positivity rate stands at 20.22%, which is an all-time high.

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Medics attending to a Covid-19 patient at a Covid-19 centre in Delhi (Photo Credits: PTI)

Delhi has recorded a total of 16,699 fresh cases in 24 hours. The state has also reported 112 fatalities, which is the highest since November 23, 2020.

On that day, Delhi reported 121 deaths. Delhi now has 54,309 active patients.

As of Thursday, the state has reported a total of 11,652 deaths.

The state's positivity rate, too, stands at an all-time high of 20.22%.

At present, Delhi has over 8,500 hotspots and 8,661 containment zones. On Thursday, around 26,974 people are in home isolation, which is also the highest count.

The active Covid patient rate is also at 6.92 per cent and the recovery rate has reduced to 91.58 per cent.

Weekend Lockdown In Delhi

Delhi government has decided to enforce a weekend curfew in light of the recent surge in Covid-19 cases. The decision was taken following a meeting between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal on Thursday.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, the chief minister said the weekend curfew will come into effect from April 17.

The weekend curfew will be enforced from 10 pm on Friday evening till 6 am Monday.

People step out of their homes on weekdays for work and on weekends for recreational purposes which can be curtailed, CM Arvind Kejriwal said.

On Wednesday, Delhi recorded 17,282 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 along with 104 more virus-related deaths. Delhi now has more than 50,000 active cases of infection.

Restrictions to be imposed

  • Only essential services will be exempted from the weekend curfew. Interstate transport will continue.
  • People going to hospitals, stations, airports will also be exempted from the weekend curfew.
  • The Delhi government will issue curfew passes to wedding guests.
  • All markets, malls, spas, swimming pools and gyms will remain shut till further notice.
  • While auditoriums will remain closed, cinema halls have been permitted to operate at 30 per cent of seating capacity.

  • In addition, dine-in restaurants will also remain closed for the time being. Only home delivery will be allowed, as per the Delhi government's directive.
  • Only one weekly market will be allowed each day per zone.
  • Private offices will be directed to ensure that employees work from home.
  • MCD zonal commissioners will be responsible for ensuring social distancing and Covid-19 testing.
  • There would be no restriction on the transportation of essential and non-essential goods.

Here's how you can apply for Delhi curfew pass

INDIA's DAILY COVID CASES DOUBLES IN 10 DAYS

Cases in India have been skyrocketing since February and the daily Covid-19 caseload in the country has doubled in the last 10 days. On April 5, India had reported 1,03,558 cases; on April 10, it reported 1,45,384 cases and on April 14, a spike of 1,84,372 coronavirus cases was witnessed in the country. This exponential rise in cases has prompted various states to impose fresh curbs to contain the virus spread.

Delhi, Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh are among other states reporting high number of novel coronavirus or Covid-19 cases.

Delhi recorded 17,282 fresh cases of Covid-19 in a span of 24 hours, the highest single-day surge in the national capital since the onset of the pandemic, while over 100 fatalities were reported, according to data shared by the health department. As per the latest bulletin, 104 new fatalities were recorded, pushing the death toll to 11,540.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra recorded 58,952 new Covid-19 cases and 278 more deaths on Wednesday. In view of the surge, tough new measures were announced by the Maharashtra government for the next 15 days to break the Covid-19 transmission chain and curb the rising cases. Moreover, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray asked officials to closely monitor Covid-19-appropriate behaviour among shop owners, who have been allowed to operate during the new restrictions, as well as customers, and penalise the violators.

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