Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has decided to implement Center’s decision to open standalone shops in the national capital. However, there’s no relief will be granted in the 90 COVID-19 containment zones.
Kejriwal also clarified that malls and markets in Delhi would remain shut.
The central government allowed neighbourhood shops in residential areas to operate with 50% worker strength in a late-night order on Friday.
“Essential services will continue. Medical stores, grocery stores, fruits and vegetable shops, dairy will remain open. Besides this, no shopping complex or market will open. No shopping malls will open. But standalone shops in residential areas and neighbourhood shops will open as directed by the Centre,” Kejriwal said.
“The restrictions will continue like this till May 3. All of you have worked hard to keep the situation under control, and we need to keep it up,” he added.
Arvind Kejriwal also said the last week was slightly better than the week before for the people of Delhi in terms of the number of cases and deaths. Many people went home after making a complete recovery, he pointed.
“In the seventh week since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, 850 new cases were reported, and for once we were really worried and said the cases were increasing rapidly. And in the eighth week, the last week, 622 cases were reported,” he said.
“A patient in LNJP Hospital was in critical condition, and doctors said he was sinking. He was administered plasma therapy, and his health has improved significantly. This has encouraged us as far as plasma therapy is concerned,” Kejriwal said.
“We are asking every patient, who has recovered and discharged, to donate plasma,” he urged.
The number of coronavirus disease cases in Delhi stood at 3548 on Sunday morning, including 2625 patients and 869 discharges and 54 fatalities, according to the Union health ministry.