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Delhi government has decided to maintain state of affairs of the functioning of its department post April 20

Delhi government has decided to maintain ‘status-quo’ that is the functioning of the existing affairs after April 20. The decision further stated that the departments dealing with non- essential services will remain closed even after April 20 keeping in mind the current situation of the state. The total number of coronavirus cases rose in Delhi to 1,707 with 67 fresh cases and four deaths in single day. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has stated that there is slight decrease in coronavirus cases in past three days and hope to reduce it further in upcoming days. The official statement given by the government says, “It has been decided that the Delhi government will maintain ‘status-quo’ with respect to the functioning of its departments”.

The day Delhi CM said that there is a decrease in cases in past three days, on the same day the number of such cases rose to 186 making a total of 1,900 cases. According to the Health Department of the city government the number of cases rose to 186 with total cases 1893 and total 43 deaths till date. Kejriwal in a daily briefing stated that out of 2,274 samples only 67 were tested positive of coronavirus whereas, April 13 saw the highest spike of 356 COVID-19 cases and then it decreased with coming days. The Chief Minister also mentioned that people do not follow rules declared by the authorities and step out of the houses in some containment areas; he also brought a case in light of Jahangurpuri, Delhi where 26 members including children of the family tested positive and the other day five more making the total of 31 people tested positive of COVID-19. So far 76 containment areas have been identified in Delhi.

The CM has announced the extension of government’s 1 crore ex – gratia scheme under which the families of healthcare workers get the money if they lose their lives while dealing with coronavirus cases. Other government employees who are on COVID-19 related duties like police personnel, civil defence, principals and teachers will also come under the scheme. The Delhi government has also provided ration worth Rs 31 lakh to people who didn’t have ration cards. It is seen that after April 20 the Delhi government is likely to relax the lockdown rules in the areas where there is very low risk of infection. Only some of the departments like food, health and civil supply are open, there are total of 70 government departments in Delhi with a total of 1,500 branches.

Looking at the increasing number of cases day to day, the Delhi government does not want to ease the restrictions after April 20. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the extension of lockdown till May 3 he also mentioned that some of the services will start after April 20 to low- key starts the economic activities. The proposal to relax the lockdown curbs is yet to be reviewed by the government as the north-east Delhi which was free from containment area has been declared with three. Whereas, all the hospitals, clinics and pharmacies are functioning as per the rules and essential supplies are taking place. The one permission that is granted by the Delhi government is the state hospitals will be available for general and out – patient examination after April 20.

Schools, colleges, coaching centres will remain shut including all the public transports such as rickshaws, cabs, taxis etc. The experts have said that the relaxation at this time will not be beneficial; all the containment zones should be in tight restrictions. Relaxing curbs just for the sake of economy will not serve the purpose and will end up quarantining people and won’t work anyway.

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