New Delhi announces weekend lockdown as COVID-19 cases surge

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India’s national capital will be going under a lockdown for weekends as another wave of COVID-19 rattles the country.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal today announced a weekend curfew to curb the exponential surge in the infections.

“Around 5000 beds are free, according to latest data,” Kejriwal said, stressing on the fact that there is no shortage of hospital beds in the city.

Steps are also being taken to increase the number of beds to deal with the sudden spike.

New restrictions have been announced. Here is what is allowed:

  • Essential services will be allowed. People travelling to and from airport and railways stations will be given curfew passes.
  • Weddings that have been scheduled can also go ahead with curfew passes.
  • Malls, gyms, auditoriums, spas to remain closed.
  • Only one weekly market per zone allowed.
  • Cinema halls to function with 30% capacity.
  • No dine-in allowed. Restaurants can only offer home delivery services.

Delhi, the worst-hit city in the country, recorded its highest single-day surge since the onset of the pandemic on Wednesday, logging in 17,282 fresh cases in 24 hours. The Capital also saw over 100 deaths, pushing the toll to 11,540, the health department data showed.

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