Amid the second wave of the virus ebbing in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced his decision to lift a few Covid-induced restrictions in the city. The relaxations will come into effect from June 7.
The lockdown in Delhi, which was to end at 5 AM on Monday, will be extended further but several relaxations will be allowed, Kejriwal said during an online briefing, earlier today.
These include partial opening of malls and markets, which will function on an odd-even basis between 10 am to 8 pm. Further, private hospitals will be permitted to function with 50 per cent manpower.
Shops selling essential commodities can be open while the Delhi Metro will resume functioning at 50 per cent capacity, Kejriwal said.
The developments come in the backdrop of the Covid positivity rate in the national capital dipping to 0.5 per cent.
While the number of daily infections is on the decline, Kejriwal reasserted that the Delhi government is not letting its guard down and is preparing for the third Covid wave keeping in mind that 37,000 cases may be reported at its peak.
We're creating 420 tonne oxygen storage capacity to tackle another possible shortage, setting up 64 oxygen plants,” Kejriwal said adding that two genome sequencing labs are also being set up at LNJP Hospital and at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences to determine the major coronavirus variants found in Delhi.
(With PTI inputs)