Delhi Lockdown to Continue With Some Relaxations; Markets, Malls to Open on Odd-Even Basis

Delhi Lockdown to Continue With Some Relaxations; Markets, Malls to Open on Odd-Even Basis A fruit vendor waiting for customers at a closed market during lockdown (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Saturday the extension of the existing COVID-19 situation in Delhi. During today’s media address, Kejriwal informed that the lockdown would continue, but with some relaxations.

According to the Delhi CM, shops and malls in the national capital will be allowed to auction on an odd-even basis from 10 am to 8 pm.

Meanwhile, private offices will be granted to function with 50 per cent capacity. Furthermore, Group A staff of government offices will be allowed to operate with 100 per cent, group B with 50 per cent staff, Kejriwal said today.

Screen grab of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal addressing media

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Speaking about the Delhi Metro, the CM revealed that the metro trains will be allowed to operate with 50 per cent capacity.

“Lockdown will continue with more relaxation in other activities. Markets, malls to be opened on odd-even basis. The private offices will be allowed to function with 50% staff. Group A staff of government offices will be allowed to function with 100%, group B with 50% staff,” Arvind Kejriwal said.

Speaking about how ready his government is for a third wave of coronavirus, the Delhi CM said: “We are ready to combat the third wave of #COVID19. We have set up a pediatric task force.”

“With an expected third wave of COVID-19, 420 tonnes of oxygen storage capacity is being prepared. We have also spoken to Indraprastha Gas limited to produce 150 tones of oxygen,” he added.

He further said that the “two genome sequencing labs to be set up for detection of new variants, if any”.

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India’s COVID-19 Tally

India reported 1.20 lakh new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours which is the lowest in 58 days.

Fresh 1,20,529 cases of the novel coronavirus were recorded in the last 24 hours, as per the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday (June 5).

1,97,894 discharges, and 3,380 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, as per the Ministry. The new cases took the overall infection tally of the country to 2,86,94,879 cases, out of which the active caseload stood at 15,55,248 cases as of Saturday. Thus active cases decrease by 80,745 in last 24 hours. 

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