A highly placed source said the government was likely to extend the lockdown because the positivity rate and the number of daily cases were still going up in the capital. (ANI photo)
NEW DELHI: Delhi government may extend the weeklong lockdown, which is currently in force till Monday 5am.
The lockdown was imposed from 10pm of April 19 onwards after the number of Covid cases rose alarmingly leaving the government with no option other than going for strict curbs to break the chain of the coronavirus transmission.
The government has taken various measures, including increasing the coverage of vaccination, strengthening the healthcare infrastructure and imposing the weekend curfew and weeklong lockdown to tackle the fourth wave of the pandemic.
A highly placed source said the government was likely to extend the lockdown because the positivity rate and the number of daily cases were still going up in the capital.
A final decision on it is likely to be taken and announced on Sunday.
The government is reviewing the impact of the weeklong lockdown in Delhi.
Since it was imposed, it is largely being obeyed by people and the number of vehicles on the roads is also few.
Due to exempted activities like government offices, essential business activities and plying of the public transport system, some people were seen on a few key roads. The markets, however, have remained largely deserted.
Delhi Police personnel have been ensuring people do not violate the lockdown guidelines.
This weeklong lockdown is very liberal compared with the one imposed last year and public transport services and travel to catch flight, train or bus are allowed.
Home delivery from restaurants is also permitted. Many categories of individuals are exempted from the lockdown to ensure uninterrupted delivery of public services and essential services.
People moving for getting health services, Covid tests and vaccination are also exempted.
The lockdown has hit the traders in the city hard but many of them are in favour of its extension because of the prevailing Covid situation.
Chamber of Trade & Industry has stated that the traders are in favour of extension of the lockdown so that the spread of the viral infection can be checked.
“Now that the lockdown period is coming to an end, we conducted a survey in which more than 700 traders participated out of which 70% traders favoured extension of the lockdown so that the chain of coronavirus transmission can be broken,” said CTI chairman Brijesh Goyal.