Delhi Government announced COVID-19 lockdown extension for another week. However, the state government allowed manufacturing and construction businesses to resume work with conditions. The lockdown, set to end on Monday, will now be in place till June 7.
The companies that resume industry will need to strictly follow coronavirus precautions and manage shifts. Workers will be tested for COVID-19 by the Delhi Government officials at any moment.
Delhi on Saturday reported 956 new COVID-19 cases. It is the lowest in over two months, and 122 more deaths from the infection while the positivity rate fell to 1.19 percent from a high of 36 percent in March, according to data shared by the health department.
This is the first time the case count has gone below the 1,000-mark since March 22 when the tally was 888. On March 21, 823 cases were documented.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that about 900 cases in a day have emerged after a long time and I hope that as and when the cases drop in the upcoming weeks, we will proceed to unlock further. We want the economic actions to come back on track so that the economy can be renewed.
Delhi has been swiveling under a brutal second wave of the pandemic that has swept the country. It claimed thousands of lives daily, with the current oxygen supply shortage issue at various hospitals adding to the crisis.
Since April 19, both daily cases and single-day deaths count had been spiraling up, with over 28,000 cases and 277 deaths recorded on April 20. It further rose to 306 fatalities on April 22. On May 2, the city registered a record 407 deaths, according to the official data.
However, the number of cases has shown a downcast trend. And the Covid 19 positivity rate has been shrinking in the last several days.