The Delhi Government on Saturday extended the coronavirus-induced lockdown by another week, till June 7. The manufacturing and construction activities, however, will be permitted to resume from Monday with certain conditions.
In a fresh order issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority, the companies that resume business will need to stagger working hours and lunch breaks and sanitise their premises. Random testing will be done regularly at manufacturing units and construction sites by the authorities, the order said.
The District Magistrates, police will deploy special teams to inspect the operations of businesses to check if protocols are being followed, the order added.
Earlier, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced the phased unlocking of the national capital beginning from May 31, as the daily Covid cases reported were on decline. He had said that the government would need to take care of the weakest economic section, like daily wagers, labourers, migrant workers, lest they will die of hunger if not Covid.
The restrictions would be lifted week by week on the suggestions of citizens and the advice of experts. And if cases start to rise again, the unlocking process will have to stop, he had added.
Delhi on Saturday recorded 956 new coronavirus cases, the lowest in over two months, and 122 more deaths from the infection. The positivity rate has declined to 1.19 percent from a high of 36 per cent in March, according to data by the health department.
Meanwhile, India has recorded 1,73,790 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the overall tally to 2,77,29,247 since the pandemic first broke out in January 2020. This is the first time that the country has reported the lowest number of infections in a single day in 45 days. With 3,617 new deaths, the total fatalities rose to 3,22,512, while the number of active cases stood at 22,28,724.