Delhi curfew stands extended until 26 April, and a detailed order with regard to the latest development will be issued soon. This decision has been taken as the capital has reported over 25,000 COVID-19 cases in a single day. Arvind Kejriwal, chief minister of New Delhi has been citing an acute shortage of beds, ventilators, and oxygen supply in the capital as the reason behind this decision.
“Delhi facing acute shortage of oxygen. In view of sharply increasing cases, Delhi needs much more than the normal supply. Rather than increasing supply, our normal supply has been sharply reduced and Delhi’s quota has been diverted to other states. Oxygen has become an emergency in Delhi,” said Kejriwal recently. The decision to extend the Delhi curfew has been taken after a meeting with the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.
Who is Exempt from the Delhi Curfew
Although the details regarding the Delhi curfew are yet to be issued, the following personnel are unlikely to be included in the curfew:
- Health workers including doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians, medical shop owners, hospital staff and others.
- Pregnant women and other patients who seek medical intervention.
- Electronic and print media professionals.
- Travelers moving to and from airports or railway stations.
- Those going for COVID-19 vaccinations.
- People working in banks or the telecom and internet sector.
Furthermore, the Delhi Government had earlier said that wedding functions that have already been scheduled will be allowed to be held but with a maximum of 50 guests. The Delhi Government had also said that e-passes will be issued to people in the business of delivering essentials such as fruits, vegetables, poultry, sea food or meat.