Weekend curfew brings life to a halt in Delhi
Weekend curfew is currently underway in Delhi to arrest the spread of coronavirus. Aimed at breaking the chain of spiraling coronavirus infections, it will run from 10 pm on Friday till 5 am on Monday. "There is a curfew in Delhi today and tomorrow due to corona. Please follow it. Together we have to defeat corona," Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.
Kejriwal's appeal to the people of Delhi
Who all are exempt from the curfew?
The Delhi government and the police have issued e-passes to exempted category people who need to go out during the curfew for necessary services and activities like vaccination, going to railway stations, airports, grocery and fruit, and vegetable stalls. The e-passes issued for already imposed night curfew will be applicable during the weekend curfew as well, the government has said.
Delhi government to decide future restrictions after the weekend curfew
Public transport including DTC and cluster buses and metro trains are running at reduced capacity and frequency for those involved in essential services and activities. The government will review the situation of COVID-19 in Delhi following the weekend curfew and decide the future course of action including its extension or some other measures, officials said.
Record figures were registered on Friday
Delhi recorded its highest-ever one-day COVID-19 figures on Friday when 19,486 cases and 141 deaths were reported, prompting Chief Minister Kejriwal to order setting up more coronavirus facilities and increase the strength of oxygen beds. On November 18 last year, the city had recorded 131 COVID-19 deaths, which was the highest single-day fatality count in Delhi till April 15 since the pandemic started.
CM Kejriwal to review COVID-19 situation today
Meanwhile, CM Kejriwal will hold a meeting to review the COVID-19 situation on Saturday at 1 pm, as the national capital has been witnessing an exponential rise in coronavirus cases. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who is also nodal minister for COVID-19 management, and Health Minister Satyendar Jain will also attend the meeting.