In view of the rising Covid19 cases, the Delhi government on Sunday announced the extension of the ongoing lockdown in the national capital till May 24.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday informed about the decision of the government.

The ongoing lockdown was supposed to end at 5 am on May 17.

The lockdown has been extended for the fourth time in Delhi.

A media report quoted Delhi chief minister Kejriwal as saying “The lockdown has been extended till 5 am next Monday (May 17).”

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The Delhi chief minister made the announcement during his visit to a Covid19 health facility set up outside the government-run GTB hospital.

Delhi has been witnessing a steady decline in Covid19 infections in the last few days.

The Covid19 positivity rate still remains above 5%.

While the recovery rate in Delhi is going up the positivity rate is going down, Kejriwal said.

“In the last 24 hours, around 6,500 new cases have been recorded in Delhi and the positivity rate has dropped to 10% – down from 11% the previous day. We cannot let our guards down now,” the report quoted Kejriwal as saying.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) issued an order on the extension of the lockdown.

The order said: “The situation of Covid-19 in Delhi has again been reviewed and [it has been] observed that Covid-19 positive cases and positivity rate is still high and [the] bed occupancy (oxygen beds/ICU beds) in the dedicated Covid-19 government and private hospitals and nursing homes is also on [the] higher side.”

According to the Union health ministry data, India’s total active caseload decreased to 36,18,458 on Sunday.

It now comprises 14.66% of the country’s total Covid19 positive cases.

A net decline of 55,344 cases has been recorded in the active caseload in the last 24 hours.

A total of 10 states cumulatively account for 74.69% of India’s total active Cases.

The cumulative number of COVID19 vaccine doses administered in the country has exceeded 18.22 Cr on Sunday under the Phase-3 of the nationwide vaccination drive, the health ministry said.

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