Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Friday said the city would gradually begin unlocking from 5 am on Monday (May 31). Construction activities and factories will be allowed to reopen first, keeping the interest of the daily wagers in mind. Everything else will remain shut. A detailed guideline will be issued, the CM said, urging people to not come out of their houses unless absolutely necessary.

Addressing a webcast, Kejriwal said Delhi recorded around 1,100 cases at a positivity rate of 1.5 per cent over the past 24 hours.Beds, including ICU beds, oxygen beds are also available in the city now,” Kejriwal said.

Kejriwal had on Wednesday expressed concerns over businesses shutting down due to the lockdown and hinted at the gradual opening of markets.

“The lockdown cannot be extended for an unlimited period since people are suffering and businesses are shutting down. In the coming days, we will have to see how much can be opened up and how it can be opened. But if the reopening is dependent on vaccination, then we don’t even know when we will be able to vaccinate all,” he had said.

Every week, new relaxations will be given provided the number of cases remains low. “Every week from now on, we will reopen and allow a few activities. If cases start to rise, we will have to lockdown again, so please be careful. Lockdown is not something good, we don’t want it, neither do you. Please follow Covid-appropriate behaviour,” he added.


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