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Arvind Kejriwal Predicts 10% Positivity Rate, Says Covid Curbs Will Go Soon

Arvind Kejriwal after hoisting the national flag at the Delhi government's Republic Day function said that his government does not want livelihood of people to be affected and COVID restrictions will soon be eased.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (Source: Twitter)

New Delhi: In view of the declining number of COVID-19 cases in the Capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that COVID restrictions in Delhi will soon be removed. He also said that the government and LG Anil Baijlal will work together to remove the restrictions as soon as possible.

Kejriwal also predicted that the Capital will record a 10 per cent infection rate on Tuesday. 

“COVID-19 positivity rate has reduced by 20 per cent in the span of last 10 days. Today it’s about 10 per cent, opposed to 30 per cent positivity rate on January 15. All of this is because of the consistent pace of vaccination,” he added. 

Kejriwal after hoisting the national flag at the Delhi government’s Republic Day function said that his government does not want livelihood of people to be affected and COVID restrictions will be eased at the earliest. He also said that the restrictions were put in place in view of people’s health. 

Recently, the Delhi government’s proposal to lift weekend curfew and odd-even scheme of opening shops in view of the improving COVID situation was turned down by the Lieutenant Governor (LG). But we will together lift the restrictions soon, he added.

The office of the Lieutenant Governor had said that the decision on lifting the weekend curfew will be taken once the pandemic situation improves further. He had also vetoed the recommendation to withdraw the odd-even rule of opening shops in markets. 

“Last week some traders had come and they said they are facing lots of problems due to the odd-even scheme and weekend curfew. The LG agreed to some proposals and on some, he differed. We will remove these restrictions as soon as possible,” said Kejriwal.

During his speech at the function, the Chief Minister stated that he is inspired by Baba Saheb Ambedkar and Bhagat Singh who charted different courses for the same dreams and goals. He also announced that every office of the Delhi government from now will have pictures of Ambedkar and Bhagat Singh. 

Meanwhile, Delhi on Monday reported a 37 per cent dip in COVID-19 cases as the city logged 5,760 new infections and 30 deaths. The positivity rate went down to 11.79 per cent.

India on Tuesday reported 2,55,874 new COVID-19 cases, 614 related deaths and 2,67,753 recoveries in the last 24 hours. However, the positivity rate also saw a decline from 20.75 per cent to 15.52 per cent. 

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