Delhi govt allows construction work for one week starting May 31
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal told the media on Friday that the state has regained control of the second wave of Covid-19 and that the government will now begin the process of gradually lifting the lockdown, beginning with the resumption of construction activities and the reopening of factories for one week beginning Monday.
It's time to begin the unlocking process. It should not be the case that people avoid the coronavirus but die of hunger. They must strike a balance between controlling the spread of coronavirus and allowing economic activity, Kejriwal stated during an online press conference.
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) decided to gradually lift the lockdown at a meeting on Friday. He also stated in this process, they must prioritise the most vulnerable groups first: daily wage earners, labourers, and migrant workers who come to Delhi from far-flung areas in search of work.
With this in mind, it has been decided to open factories and allow construction activities for one week beginning Monday, he said, adding that the government will continue the unlocking process every week based on expert and public opinion.
However, if the number of cases increases, They will have to halt the unlocking process, he added, urging people not to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary.
According to the CM, in the last 24 hours, Delhi reported a positivity rate of around 1.5% and approximately 1,100 new cases.
On April 19, the chief minister declared a lockdown in Delhi, citing the city's record of over one lakh cases in the previous five days.
Following that, the government kept extending the restrictions every week in the hopes of breaking the chain of infection as hospitals struggled with a massive surge of cases and a lack of oxygen and essential drugs.
The number of cases and the positivity rate have gradually decreased. There is no shortage of beds, and oxygen and ICU beds are also readily available. However, the fight against the virus is far from over, Kejriwal said.
As a result, any gains made by Delhi during the one-and-a-half month lockdown cannot be squandered by lifting the restrictions all at once, he added. According to the health bulletin, Delhi recorded 117 Covid-19 fatalities on Thursday, the lowest since April 15, and 1,072 cases, while the positivity rate fell to a nearly two-month low of 1.53%.
It was the fifth day in a row that the number of daily cases in Delhi remained below 2,000, and the second day in a row that the number of cases remained below 1,500.