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From today Delhi begin its unlocking process: Covid-19

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As incidences of the coronavirus illness (Covid-19) continue to fall in the national capital, Delhi will begin the process of partially lifting its lockdown restrictions on Monday. This will begin with enabling the construction sector and companies to resume operations. The other limits, on the other hand, will be in force until June 7, according to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

During a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Friday, the decision to reduce the lockdown was made. Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal chairs the DDMA, while CM Kejriwal serves as vice-chairperson.

Kejriwal said, “In the un-lockdown process, our priority will be the weakest economic sections. So, we will start with labourers, especially migrant labourers. Since most of them are engaged either in the construction sector or in factories, we will open these two from this Monday. But we have to remember that the fight against Covid-19 is still not over. We have to make sure that things do not go bad again. To ensure this, the relaxations have to be introduced in a phased way.”

An order issued by the government stated that the reopening of the city would be done in stages to avoid another rise in cases. It read, “The situation of Covid-19 in NCT of Delhi has again been reviewed and observed that, though the number of Covid-19 patients and positivity rate is declining, the situation is still precarious, therefore, in order to contain the spread of the virus and to further break the transmission chain, curfew needs to be extended for another week in the territory of NCT of Delhi (except for essential activities / services), permitting the reopening of certain prohibited activities in a phased manner in areas outside the containment zones for the overall well-being of the people of NCT of Delhi.”

According to a state health advisory issued on Sunday, Delhi had 946 cases of Covid-19 and 78 deaths as a result of the condition in the previous 24 hours. With this, the death toll in the nation’s capital rose to 24,151, bringing the total number of those infected to nearly 1.43 million. According to the health bulletin, the positive rate, which was 1.19 per cent on Saturday and 1.59 per cent on Friday, was 1.25 per cent on Sunday.

On April 20, Delhi registered 28,395 Covid-19 cases, the greatest single-day increase in the city’s history, and the city’s positive rate was over 36% on April 22. On April 19, a complete lockdown was implemented in Delhi, with all commercial operations save those judged essential being prohibited.

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