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Delhi eases lockdown curbs; malls, markets to open on odd-even basis from June 7

Delhi lockdown update: Government and private offices will be allowed to reopen with 50 percent attendance, CM Arvind Kejriwal announced.

June 05, 2021 / 12:34 PM IST
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (Image: ANI)

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (Image: ANI)

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on June 5 announced that lockdown will continue in Delhi with some relaxation in other activities. "Markets, malls will reopen on an odd-even basis," Kejriwal said.

"All malls, markets and market complexes (except weekly markets) shall open between 10 am to 8 pm on odd-even basis. This implies that only 50 percent of the shops (excluding those selling essential goods) shall be opened," order issued by DDMA said.

Private offices will also be allowed to function with 50 percent staff. "Group A staff of government offices will be allowed to function with 100 percent staff, while group B with 50 percent staff," CM had said during a briefing.

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Further, Delhi Metro will also resume services with 50 percent capacity.

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Both essential and non-essential standalone (single) shops and those located in colonies and residential complexes shall be permitted to open on all days. However, the timings of shops dealing with non-essential goods/ services will be between 10 am to 8 pm, the DDMA said in its order.

Ecommerce delivery of all types of goods through will be allowed on the production of valid I card issued by the employer/firm/company, the order said.

On preparations for the third wave of COVID-19, Kejriwal said that two genome sequencing labs will be set up for the detection of new variants.

"With an expected third wave of COVID-19, 420 tonnes of oxygen storage capacity is being prepared. We have also spoken to Indraprastha Gas limited to produce 150 tones of oxygen," he said.

Kejriwal said the Delhi government is preparing for the third wave of COVID-19 keeping in mind that 37,000 daily cases may be reported at its peak and making arrangements for beds, ICUs and medicines.

A paediatric task force has been set up to decide the number of beds, ICU facilities and other equipment needed for children, who are feared to be affected in the third wave, he said.

Last week, the government had allowed manufacturing and construction activities in Delhi to begin the phased unlock process. The lockdown was imposed in Delhi on April 19.

The city recorded 523 fresh COVID-19 cases and 50 fatalities on June 4, while the positivity rate stood at 0.68 percent, according to Delhi government data.

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