- Learn to live with coronavirus: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
- Markets, shopping complexes in Delhi can reopen on an odd-even basis
- Only essential services allowed in containment zones of Delhi
New Delhi: After weeks of second guesses and assumptions, 1.37 billion Indians finally have some clarity on the fourth phase of the lockdown, imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic. The condition of the coronavirus cases in India, continue to deteriorate, but after several experts have warned that the virus is ‘not going anywhere’, the government is trying to help restart the country, with caution, and in phases. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Sunday asked Ministries/Departments, State Governments and State Authorities to continue the lockdown measures up to May 31. Each state has announced their own regulations, as to what is allowed and what is not. On Monday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also gave details of the lockdown in the national capital, which has also extended till May 31, as the capital reports 10,00 cases.
We have to gradually move towards opening up economic activities. Until we have a vaccine, it (COVID-19) won’t get over. We will have to learn to live with coronavirus, Mr Kejriwal said.
He further announced that markets and shopping complexes in Delhi can reopen on an odd-even basis while shops selling essential items can remain open every day. He said that shops will also have to maintain social distancing. Industries will open but with staggered timings, he announced.
When it comes to public transport, Mr Kejriwal clarified that autos, e-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws can ply with only with one passenger. On the other hand, taxis and cabs are allowed two passengers and buses can’t have more than 20 passengers.
Cab drivers will have to sanitise the area after they drop each passenger gets off and car-pooling is prohibited, Mr Kejriwal said. Furthermore, private cars are not allowed to have more than two passengers and pillion riders are also not allowed for two-wheelers.
Mr Kejriwal also said that that essential service providers will be allowed across the Delhi borders and wearing masks is compulsory.
Chief Minister said that hotels, gymnasium, swimming pool, entertainment parks and auditorium, and places of worship will remain closed. Moreover, social, political, sports, cultural and religious gathering will not be allowed anywhere in the capital.
However, weddings with 50 people and funerals with 20 people are allowed in Delhi in the fourth phase of the lockdown.
Social distancing is compulsory to be maintained at all places, CM Kejriwal said and within containment zones only essential services are allowed, he added.
As the cases in the capital continue to rise, the Chief Minister said that 45 per cent COVID-19 patients have recovered after treatment in Delhi. He said,
In Delhi, there are 10,054 cases till May 18. This is large in number. However, a total of 4,485 persons have been cured or discharged, which is 45 per cent of the total cases. As many as 160 people have died due to COVID-19 till now. We are working to save lives. The number of deaths in Delhi due to COVID-10 is less as compared to other States.