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COVID lockdown extended in Delhi by one more week, metro services to remain shut

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (ANI)

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal today extended the lockdown by one more week. Announcing the decision, Kejriwal said Delhi has been recovering at a good speed and the number of cases are on steady decline. “But I do not want to lose the gains that we have achieved in the last few days. That is why we are extending the lockdown till 5 am on next Monday instead of ending it tomorrow (May 17),” the chief minister said.

On 15 May, Saturday, Delhi recorded 6430 cases with 11 per cent positivity rate. The recovery was 11591 but the daily death number was still very high at 337. Till yesterday, the national capital had over 66000 active cases. So far, the national capital has recorded 21,244 deaths with the cumulative fatality rate of 1.53 per cent.

In Delhi, the cases started rising from the last week of March. By 5th April, the daily infection breached 5000-mark and in the next two weeks, the daily tally was over 20000. This prompted the government to press immediate restrictions to break the rapid transmission in the national capital.