Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal painted a grim picture as he announced that lockdown-related restrictions could not be eased in the Capital. The number of COVID-19 cases, especially asymptomatic ones, has been rising rapidly in Delhi and any relaxation in the lockdown for economic activities could see a further surge, overwhelming the healthcare system. “I want to offer relaxations, but what if the situation worsens and we fall short of ICUs, oxygen and ventilators, and people die in large numbers? We won’t be able to forgive ourselves,” he said, addressing mediapersons on April 19. He wants to wait another week before reviewing the decision.
“The Delhi government is doing a day-to-day assessment of the situation. Even we want people to get on with their lives, but seeing the situation in countries like Italy, Spain and the US, it is better to err on the side of caution,” says Jasmine Shah, vice chairman of Dialogue and Development Commission, Delhi government’s top advisory body.