Amid rising Covid cases, Delhi govt firm about not imposing lockdown again

New Delhi: Though Coronavirus cases are increasing at alarming rate and amid demands from the Opposition for a complete lockdown, the Delhi government has said it has no plan to impose a lockdown but may press some restrictions in market areas for some days to prevent the spread of Covid-19, if such a need arises.

Speaking to reporters, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said lockdown was not a solution to the pandemic. It could be tackled through proper medical arrangements which the government was doing effectively, he added.

Delhi has been witnessing a spurt in coronavirus cases since 28 October when daily cases breached the 5,000 mark for the first time. Single-day rise in cases crossed the 8,000 mark on 11 November.

Sisodia added: “We have no intention of a lockdown. Let me clarify, we have made a general proposal to the Centre with regard to certain regulations like shutdown for some days in the markets where Covid-19-appropriate behaviour and social distancing violations pose threat of rapid infection.”

The Deputy Chief Minister added what the Delhi government has proposed are measures to prevent violations like not wearing face masks and crowding in the markets and it will not be a lockdown.

 

NT Bureau