Kejriwal promises to do away with curbs as Delhi Covid cases dip

Covid restrictions in Delhi will be lifted soon, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said today. Some traders had met him last week and requested that weekend curfews – from 10 pm on Fridays to 5 am on Mondays – and the odd-even rule for the opening of shops be lifted, he said. The capital will record a 10 per cent infection rate today, he added. The maximum was 30 per cent, on January 15.

“When Covid cases rise, we are forced to impose restrictions and people face difficulties. We only bring in restrictions that are needed,” Mr Kejriwal said.

The Chief Minister pointed out that he had sent proposals to lift restrictions to the Lieutenant Governor but he did not accept it. “We will together lift the restrictions soon,” he added.

In Delhi, 100% of people have got the first dose and 82% of people have received both doses of the Covid vaccine, Mr Kejriwal said.

The Delhi government had on Friday recommended the lifting of weekend curfews in the national capital in view of declining Covid cases. The file was forwarded to the office of Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal for his approval but was rejected.

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