NEW DELHI: In order to curb the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases, the Kejriwal-led AAP government in Delhi has imposed a complete lockdown in Delhi from Monday night (April 19) till next Monday morning (April 26).
The lockdown will come into force from 10 pm tonight till 5 am next Monday, CM Arvind Kejriwal announced. He, however, said that all essential and medical services will continue during the lockdown in the city-state.
Kejriwal said that the government will work in these six days to step up the health infrastructure in view of growing coronavirus cases putting healthcare under immense pressure.
The national capital had on Sunday, April 18, registered the highest spike in its daily coronavirus tally with 25,462 new cases, along with a positivity rate of around 30%, meaning one in three samples being tested in Delhi is turning out to be positive.
Delhi has already imposed a complete night curfew in the city from 10 pm to 5 am till April 30 in a bid to check the spread of the coronavirus.
Further, the minister stated that on Sunday, Kejriwal said Delhi was facing an "acute shortage" of oxygen for COVID-19 patients and alleged that the quota of the city has been diverted to other states.
Meanwhile, the IIMS has suspended the functioning of OPD services and all routine hospitalization, including elective surgeries, until further orders.
Further details awaited.