The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government on April 15 imposed weekend curfew in the national capital to control the surge in COVID-19 cases.
The government has also decided that gyms, malls, spas and auditoriums will remain completely shut and cinema halls will operate with not more than 30 per cent capacity, on weekdays too, until April 30. Also, only take-away services will be allowed in restaurants, on weekdays, apart from the complete curfew over the weekend.
The weekend the curfew will begin at 10 pm this Friday (April 16) till 5 am on April 19 (Monday). It will imposed every week till further orders, they said.
Delhi is already under a night curfew that was imposed in Delhi with immediate effect from April 6 till April 30 amid a surge in coronavirus cases.
"I had a meeting with L-G and other officials. We have decided to impose weekend curfew in Delhi. This is because people generally go out for work on weekdays and entertainment on weekends. So to break the chain or rising COVID-19 cases, we are imposing a weekend curfew," he said adding, "curfew passes will be issued for essential services."
The fresh set of restrictions come a day after Delhi reported 17,282 fresh cases, the highest single-day spike the national Capital has seen so far, and 104 deaths on April 14.
Earlier in the day, Kejriwal met Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on to discuss the Delhi's COVID-19 situation
On April 14, Delhi’s positivity rate —the proportion of samples that test positive— also spiked to 15.92 %, a sharp rise from 13.14 % on April 13.
In what Kejriwal calls the fourth wave of COVID-19, the infection caseload of Delhi has reached 7,67,438 with 50,736 active cases. As many as 11,540 people have died due to the virus in Delhi so far. In the previous peak in November 2020, 8,500 cases were reported in a day in Delhi.
Kejriwal said there is no shortage of hospital beds in Delhi at the moment.
"I request you to not insist on getting admission in a particular hospital or a hospital of your choice. Over 5000 hospital beds are available in Delhi and we are in the process of increasing these as well as ICU beds," he said.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi has already taken many decisions to tackle with the emerging situation. The government has linked hotels to private hospitals to augment bed capacity, among others. On April 11, Kejriwal termed the COVID-19 situation in Delhi as “worrisome” and issued urged people to not step out of their homes unless it is urgent.
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India’s daily new cases continued to rise with 2,00,739 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours. Ten states including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Rajasthan have shown a high rise in the COVID-19 daily new cases, according to the Union Health Ministry.
At least 80.76 per cent of the new cases are reported from these 10 states, the Ministry said on April 15.
In Maharashtra, another COVID-19 hotspot state, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on April 13 announced curfew-like restrictions on the movement of people in the state. The prohibitory orders under Section 144 were imposed in the state from 8 pm on April 14 and will remain in force until May 1, exempting only essential services.