Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Saturday said the discussion on whether or not the national capital should extend the lockdown is underway and the decision, whatever it is, will be shared only after April 30, news agency ANI reported.
Jain was asked about the relaxations in lockdown following the Centre's decision to allow neighbourhood and stand-alone shops, including those located in residential complexes within municipal areas to open, but at a 50 per cent strength and after taking necessary precautions.
The relaxations, however, are not applicable in hotspots and containment zones.
The ministry also said shops located in registered markets located outside the municipal corporations and municipalities can open after following the drill of social distancing and wearing of masks but with 50 per cent of strength.
"There are 92 coronavirus hotspots in Delhi. The entire district or the entire city is not (a hotspot)," Jain said.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had earlier this week said the lockdown will continue as usual in the national capital and no relaxation of prohibitions will be allowed before a review meeting of experts on April 27.
The health minister also said the rate at which coronavirus cases are doubling in Delhi has now slowed down to 13 days, from lesser number of days earlier.
On Friday night, COVID-19 infection registered another sharp rise by 138 cases, raising the total number of the positive cases in the national capital to 2,514, revealed the Delhi Government ‘s daily health bulletin.
The day also saw three COVID-19 deaths, one more than what it suffered on Thursday, taking the total number of corona casualties in the capital to 53, the bulletin revealed.
The death toll due to Coronavirus rose to 775 and the number of cases climbed to 24,506 in the country on Saturday, according to the Union Health Ministry.
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