The Chief Minister of capital, Arvind Kejriwal announced on Friday that Delhi lockdown restrictions will be gradually uplifted from May 31. The lockdown in Delhi began on 19th April and was expected to last till 31st May to arrest the spread of the virus. A relaxation in lockdown restrictions to be witnessed from June 1st, as there’s a decrease in the number of active Covid-19 cases in the capital.
Kejriwal said, “The government is not in favor of a lockdown. Although, if there’s a rise in Covid-19 cases then the lockdown measures will be implemented again to ensure safety”. The Covid positivity rate has dropped to 1.53 percent, and the city has only reported 1072 fresh cases in the last 24 hours.
Arvind Kejriwal addressed the citizens at a DDMA (Delhi Disaster Management Authority) meeting and expressed his concern for laborers, migrant workers, and people whose livelihood depends on daily wages.
The CM has urged the citizens to stay cautious, and requested everyone to only step out of the house it’s an absolute necessity. “At the moment, there’s no shortage of ICU beds, ventilators, and oxygen cylinders. Hence, we have begun the unlocking processes in a phased manner”. He further added, “We don’t want our people to die of poverty. Hence, we’re offering minor relaxations from June 1st”.
The unlocking process is majorly aimed at migrant daily wage workers. Therefore, Kejriwal has decided to re-open construction sites and factories. Earlier, only the factories producing sanitizers, face masks, and PPE kits were allowed to operate in New Delhi.