Arvind Kejriwal imposed a weekend curfew in Delhi to curtail the rising cases of COVID-19 witnessed during the pandemic's fourth wave.
On April 14, 2021, Delhi witnessed 17,282 COVID-19 positive cases, the highest ever recorded in a single day. With this, the cumulative tally at the nation's capital stood at 7,67,438 cases. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has taken drastic steps to contain the infection by imposing a weekend curfew from April 17, 2021.
Following a high-level meeting with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, he announced the weekend curfew in the state. Night curfew was in place in the capital from 10 pm to 5 am. He further informed that essential services would be operational, and those attending the weddings on the weekends would be provided with an e-pass. Special arrangements are made in the markets, but gyms, theatres, and dine-out service at restaurants would remain closed till further orders. One weekly market would be allowed to be open per day per municipal zone to contain the spread. He added there is no shortage of beds in the capital, and nearly 5,000 beds are available in the state.
Hindustan Times reports that the AAP government will ensure Remdesivir drug supply. The existing restrictions would continue in public transport, and the latest order would be imposed on Delhi Metro and DTC buses to operate with 50% capacity.
The fourth wave of the pandemic has a severe effect than the previous three waves. Strict actions will be taken if the public does not follow COVID-19 appropriate behavior like wearing masks.
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