Delhi lockdown extended till morning of 17 May; curbs to be stricter this time, says Arvind Kejriwal

The ongoing lockdown in Delhi will be extended for another week up to 17 May morning and Metro train services will be halted during the period, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday.

He said although COVID-19 cases have come down in the last few days, any laxity would squander the gains achieved so far in the current wave of the pandemic.

The Delhi government had been forced to impose a lockdown amid a steep rise in COVID-19 cases on 20 April. Although, the cases have come down and positivity rate has reduced from the high of 35 percent on April 26 to around 23 percent now, strictness is needed, he said.

"Keeping in mind the safety of our people, this lockdown will be stricter."

The lockdown scheduled to end at 5 am on Monday will now be extended up to 17 May morning. This is the fourth week of the lockdown in the National Capital.


"During the lockdown we utilised the time to enhance our healthcare infrastructure. The main issue in Delhi was oxygen shortage. With Centre's help, the condition is better now," Kejriwal was quoted as saying by NDTV.

The chief minister also said that oxygen supply in Delhi has improved significantly in the last few days. Vaccination is also going on at a fast pace although there is lack of adequate vaccine stock, Kejriwal said.

With inputs from PTI