New Delhi: Even as the coronavirus cases crossed the 3000-mark in the national capital, the Delhi government has decided to open up a few additional services amid the lockdown. The Kejriwal government said it will relax movement orders on pathological laboratories, plumbing services, electricians and even book stores. Also Read - Chinese Scientists Discussed Weaponising Coronavirus Five Years Before Pandemic: Report
According to an order of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), the inter-state movement of health workers, lab technicians and scientists has been permitted. Also Read - Amitabh Bachchan Contributes Rs 2 Crore Towards Covid-19 Care Facility in The Capital
The order was issued in a late-night decision by Chief Secretary Vijay Dev. Many private clinics, pathological labs and dispensaries in Delhi have been shut due to the pandemic fear and a confusion over the lockdown norms. Also Read - Haryana Lockdown Extended Till May 17, Stringent Measures to be Announced Soon
Here are the services to be available in Delhi now:
> Veterinary hospitals, dispensaries, clinics, pathological laboratories, sale and supply of vaccine and medicine.
> Inter and intra state travel of all healthcare workers and scientists is allowed, including by air if necessary.
> Shelter homes for children, disabled, mentally challenged, senior citizens, destitute, women and widows will be operational.
> Self-employed services such as electricians, plumbers or those repairing water purifiers will be available.
> Shops selling electric fans also been allowed to open.
> Book stores selling academic books for education have been allowed to open.
However, this does not guarantee that the lockdown will end on the scheduled date of May 3 in the national capital, especially given the sharp spike in COVID-19 cases.
Earlier on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his virtual meeting with chief ministers also hinted at a further extension of the lockdown as the virus count continues to increase.