Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday evening, appealed again to people for staying at home as part of the nationwide lockdown.
Kejriwal did not disclosed any further details about the new corona-virus patients except to underscore that only one of the five patients had a history of foreign travel. The other four were either family members of corona virus patients or had come in close contact with them.
Wednesday’s test reports that confirmed five cases comes after a 2-day reprieve for the national capital. For the last two days, Kejriwal had been counting the number of hours that there hadn’t been an increase in the number of cases.
On Tuesday evening, Kejriwal had declared that no new cases had been reported in Delhi and 23 Covid-19 patients remained in hospitals. "People are recovering and going back to their homes," he mentioned on Tuesday evening.
Earlier on Wednesday, the health ministry had reduced the count of the number of people who died because of the disease in Delhi from 2 to 1. The health ministry said the second Delhi patient to have died because of the virus had tested negative in the report that came after the 68-year-old woman’s death.
Kejriwal said the 21-day lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was necessary to stop the highly contagious disease from spreading as it had spreaded rapidly in the world and people should abide by the restrictions placed on their movement. At the same time, he emphasised that people would not face any difficulties in getting essential commodities or accessing basic essential services.
“It is the government’s responsibility that essential services are provided to all,” he said.
At the same time, Kejriwal requested people to take care of the needs of the poor and vulnerable living in their vicinity during this lockdown. “Don’t allow anyone to sleep hungry,” he said, urging people to take up this challenge as their pious duty.
The chief minister also clarified that people who are from their local grocery shops do not need curfew passes. For people who are engaged in delivering essential services or are engaged to carry out permitted activities, can use their ID card issued by a company to travel. It is only people who do not have such an identification that they need to get an e-pass from the authorities.
Source: Hindustan Times