Delhi witnessing surge in Covid-19 cases, no relaxation in lockdown measures: Kejriwal – india news
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday held a press briefing on the prevailing coronavirus situation in the national capital.
Kejriwal said the national capital is witnessing a surge in coronavirus cases. The number of containment zones are also being increased.
The chief minister said that keeping in mind the present situation in the national capital, the administration has decided to provide no relaxation in the lockdown restrictions. “The situation will be reviewed again after a week,” he said.
Kejriwal said that as per Centre’s directive, while non-hotspots regions can see some relaxation in lockdown restrictions in the country from April 20, those marked as Covid-19 hostpots and as containment zones shall not get any relaxation from the lockdown restrictions.
After assessing the prevailing situation in Delhi, we have decided not to permit any relaxation of the lockdown, as of now. https://t.co/mPIOpuF2KR
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 19, 2020
“There are as many as 77 Covid-19 containment zones in Delhi at present and all districts are categorised as hotspots,” Kejriwal said.
“Yesterday, we received reports of 736 Covid-19 tests and 186 of them came out positive for coronavirus. That is 25%, which is high,” the chief minister said.
The CM said that all these 186 people who have tested positive for coronavirus are asymptomatic.
“These people showed no symptoms. We have no idea how many people are asymptomatic and are carrying the virus and spreading it to others,” he said.
The chief minister informed that of 186 people who have tested positive for Covid-19, one was working at one of the food centres set up by the Delhi government.
“Don’t know how many people he must have infected there. I have ordered the administration to rapid-test all those who come to eat at these food centres as well as the volunteers and workers there,” he said.
Kejriwal said that coronavirus infection in the national capital is spreading but the situation is under control.
“We need to be disciplined to be able to control this pandemic,” Kejriwal said. He said there were no new Covid-19 cases in containment zones where people showed discipline.