New Delhi : Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced six days lockdown in Delhi starting from 2200 hrs tonight till 0500 hrs of April 26 in view of an unprecedented rise in Covid-19 cases.
This announcement came after Mr Kejriwal met with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.
Essential Services will continue, detailed order will be released in a short while, the Delhi Chief Minister said while addressing a digital press conference here.
Marriages can be held with a gathering of only 50 people and passes will be issued separately for it, he said.Mr Kejriwal also appealed to the migrant labourers not to leave Delhi.
“I appeal to you with folded hands. It’s a small lockdown, only for 6 days. Don’t leave Delhi. I am there, trust me. The Delhi government will take full care of you,” he said.
He said in the next six days, the Delhi government will make arrangements for more beds in the city adding that this lockdown period will be used to arrange oxygen and medicine.
Mr Kejriwal thanked the Centre for helping the Delhi government. He requested people in the city to follow the guidelines.
The Chief Minister said he was against lockdown but forced to take the difficult decision as the healthcare system is under stress due to unpredictable hospitalisation of Covid-infected patients.
He said in the last 24 hours another 23,500 fresh cases have been reported, a sign to worry.
The Chief Minister said he has appealed to the Centre for the supply of medical oxygen and anti-viral drugs and set up more beds for Covid patients. He asked the people to not panic as the healthcare system is still in place but urged them to follow Covid guidelines and take precautions.
Without taking names, Mr Kejriwal claimed that his government is truthful unlike others, and never hides the real situation from the public. He also claimed that Delhi is the only state where nearly one lakh Covid tests are conducted every day.