Delhi lockdown more likely to be prolonged by 1 week

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The Delhi government is likely to extend the ongoing lockdown for another week, although the situation in Covid has been improving in the city with fewer cases and a declining positivity rate in recent days, official sources said on Saturday.

Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal first imposed a lockdown on April 19, which was later extended several times, most recently on May 16.

Around 2,200 cases have been reported in the city in the past 24 hours, and the positivity rate has also dropped to 3.5 percent, Kejriwal said in an online briefing earlier in the day.

“However, this does not mean that the coronavirus threat has been averted. We must take all steps to protect ourselves from coronavirus,” he said.

The Prime Minister announced on Friday that he would have a discussion with the Governor of Lt. and share the decision made at the meeting if asked by reporters to ease the lockdown given the improving situation.

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“The ongoing second wave was very fatal and there is little chance the lockdown will be relaxed. It is very likely that the government will announce another week-long extension,” the sources said.

The community platform LocalCircles carried out a survey in which 68 percent of respondents from Delhi were in favor of a one-week extension of the lockdown, said LocalCircles founder Sachin Tapadia.

The percentage of respondents who supported extending the lockdown has been 85 percent in the past two weeks.

Brijesh Goyal, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CTI), said traders’ views were divided over the extension of the lockdown, according to a survey she conducted.

“50 percent of dealers in Delhi are in favor of extending the lockdown for another week and the remaining 50 percent are in favor of opening the city,” he said.

Goyal said the survey also found that 85 percent of factory owners were in favor of opening all kinds of industrial activities that were closed due to the lockdown.

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