Delhi Lockdown News: As the number of coronavirus cases refuses to fall, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday extended lockdown in the national capital by another week, till May 3. Earlier, the majority of residents in the national capital had demanded an extension of COVID-19 lockdown.  A survey conducted by a community social media platform LocalCircle had showed a total of 48 per cent of respondents had asked the Kejriwal government to extend the shutdown by two more weeks, while 68 per cent of the respondents demanded an extension of lockdown by at least a week.  The survey received over 8,000 responses from residents located in all 11 districts of Delhi.Also Read - Delhi Lockdown: Who Needs E-Pass? How to Apply For it? Step-by-Step Guide Here

Besides, the domestic trader’s body, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) had also urged the Delhi government to further extend the lockdown beyond April 26 to bring the pandemic under control. In a letter to CM Kejriwal, CAIT said going by the current statistics, the situation is quite alarming in Delhi.

“The CAIT has urged for extension of lockdown in Delhi beyond April 26… as and when the situation is improved, the lockdown can be lifted,” the confederation said in a statement.

Notably, Covid-19 cases are rising exponentially amid the SARS-COV-2 variant propagating in Delhi with the city registering a 4,200 per cent increase in its daily caseload within the last 30 days. Following this, the Delhi government decided to extend the Covid-induced lockdown in the national capital till next Monday, i.e, May 3. Earlier on April 19, Kejriwal had imposed a 6-day complete lockdown in the city.

“The coronavirus situation had worsened, which is why we started a six-day lockdown last week. It is scheduled to end tomorrow. But the infections are continuing to rise. In view of this, everybody agrees that we need to extend the restrictions to curb the spread further. This is why, in consultation with people, the lockdown is being extended till next Monday, 5 am”, said the Chief Minister.