Arvind Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal|IANS (File photo)

No lockdown relaxation in Delhi from Monday: Kejriwal


New Delhi, April 19, 2020

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said there will be no relaxation in the lockdown imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the national capital as all the 11 districts are hotpots.

Speaking to the media, Kejriwal said the situation will be reviewed after a week and if there is improvement, the relaxation will be given.

"After assessing the prevailing situation in Delhi, we have decided not to permit any relaxation in the lockdown, as of now," the Chief Minister said.

The Centre has asked for lockdown relaxation from Monday at places where coronavirus infection is under control.

He said 186 more cases were recorded in Delhi on Saturday and all were asymptomatic.

"They didn't know they had coronavirus. This is more worrying," he said, adding one among the positive cases was distributing food at a hunger relief centre run by the state government.

Kejriwal said that, in the last few days, Delhi has seen a spike in cases.

"We need to plan about the relaxation in the lockdown. Centre is saying that we should not relax the lockdown in the containment zones/ hotspots. All the 11 districts of Delhi are declared hotspots. So, according to the Centre, no relaxation can be given in Delhi," he added.

He also said wherever people are following orders, cases are not increasing.

"However, there are places where cases are increasing as people are not following orders," the Chief Minister said.

He said though the cases are on the rise, the situation is still under control.

"We all have to follow orders. About 1,900 cases are there in the city and 26 patients are in the ICU and six are on the ventilators," the Chief Minister added.