- COVID-19 cases surge in the national capital
- AAP-led Delhi government writes to LG proposing lowering the number of people who can attend a wedding to 50 from 200
- AAP government could also shut markets in some areas of Delhi due to surge in COVID-19 cases
As the national capital stares at the third wave of the novel Coronavirus the cases have surged and the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government has written to the Lieutenant Governor (LG) for permission to shut markets where it was witnessed that the social distancing norms were not being followed.
The AAP government has also asked the LG of Delhi to reduce the total number of people allowed to be present at weddings to 50 which currently stands at 200.
The decision has come days after the Union Homes Minister Amit Shah held a meeting in the National Capital over the issue of rising cases of COVID-19 in Delhi.
In the past 7 days, Delhi has seen the highest cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic with more than 8,500 cases, on Monday Delhi reported 99 deaths due to novel Coronavirus.
The Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal said, “Delhi is facing a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases. We have taken key decisions to control this. The central government guidelines had allowed 200 people at weddings. We have decided to roll back that order and allow 50 people at weddings. We have written to the LG for permission on this and hope his approval comes soon,” as he addressed the digital press conference.
CM Arvind Kejriwal added that the government have sent a general proposal to impose lockdown in the markets for a few days where social distancing guidelines are not being followed. Any state in India needs the permission from the Central Government if they want to impose lockdown at its local level.
The Ministry of Home Affairs, on Sunday, announced that a series of steps will be taken to combat the rising number of COVID-19 cases which will include the rise of daily tests to 1 lakh and also adding 750 ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds.
CM Kejriwal added, “Every government is working to control covid-19. I want to thank the central government for increasing the number of hospital beds. The number of ICU beds was reducing but the central government has stepped in to help,”.
Delhi has reported a total of 4.90 lakh cases of COVID-19 and has around 40,000 active cases. Delhi has also reported 7,713 deaths due to COVID-19 but the good news is that 4.41 lakh people have also recovered from the deadly disease.