New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said that the government will consider a lockdown of the national capital if required as the number of coronavirus cases in the city rose to 26.”If needed, to save your life, we will lock down Delhi. However, such a situation has not come yet,” he said.Coronavirus cases in India rose to 283 on Saturday after 47 people tested positive in the global pandemic in various parts of the country, the Health Ministry said, in line with the sharp spike seen on Friday.
People braced for the one day “Janata Curfew” on Sunday from 7 am and 9 pm, widely seen as a pilot for a broader lockdown that can be imposed if the spread continues unabated.“Corona restrictions causing terrible financial stress to poor. Following decisions taken to provide them relief- 1. Rs 4000- 5000 pension will be paid to 8.5 lakh beneficiaries by 7 Apr 2. Free rations, with 50% more quantity than normal entitlements, to 72 lakh beneficiaries (sic),” Kejriwal posted on Twitter.“In addition 3. Lunch and dinner will be served free to each and every person at all Delhi govt night shelters 4. For those who need to be quarantined and are opting for the paid hotel facility, GST will be waived to make it more affordable (sic),” he added.
Kejriwal also said the government has decided to ban all gatherings of more than five people in the national capital, down from the earlier restriction on the assembly of more than 20 people.He asked people to maintain a distance of a metre between them if they are in a queue.He also appealed to the elderly to stop their morning walks.