'No laxity', tweets Arvind Kejriwal as relaxations come into effect in Delhi
As more relaxations came into effect in national capital Delhi, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal asked people to keep following all Covid-19 protocols. He said we have to protect ourselves from the coronavirus disease, as well as bring the economy back on track.
"Many activities are starting in Delhi from today. But take all the precautions - weak a mask, maintain social distancing and keep washing the hands, there should not be any laxity. We have to protect ourselves from Covid-19 as well as bring the economy back on track," Kejriwal said on Twitter in Hindi.
The chief minister's message came as more relaxations will come into effect from Monday as announced by him on Saturday.
As per the official circular by the Delhi government, shops in malls, markets, market complexes, standalone shops and neighbourhood shops have been allowed to open with restrictions of odd-even and timings.
However, cinemas and theatres, restaurants (except home delivery/take away), bars, gyms, spas, barber shops, saloons, beauty parlours and any shop pertaining to entertainment/amusement services have not been permitted to operate.
Delhi Metro, which was suspended since last month, resumed services with 50 per cent capacity.
The private offices have also been allowed to function with 50 per cent staff.
With a dip seen in active Covid-19 cases, Delhi started the unlocking process from May 31 after the government permitted factories and the construction sector to resume operations.
On April 20, Delhi registered the biggest spike of new 28,395 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began last year. On April 26, the city registered the highest ever positivity rate of 36.24 per cent. On Sunday, the national capital recorded 381 fresh cases of the infection and positivity rate came down to 0.68 per cent.
The Delhi government imposed a lockdown in the national capital on April 19 at the peak of the second wave of Covid-19. The lockdown was extended a few times since then.
A day after the tricity's daily Covid-19 cases dropped below 10 after 26 days, they shot up to 20 on Tuesday. On Monday, six people had tested positive in the tricity - three in Mohali, two in Panchkula and one in Chandigarh. But on Tuesday, the number rose to eight in Chandigarh, seven in Mohali and five in Panchkula. Those found infected in the UT are residents of Sectors 10, 11, 14 and 15.
UT adviser Dharam Pal on Tuesday chaired the second state-level Narco Coordination Center meeting, which was convened by Narcotics Control Bureau, deputy director general, Gyaneshwar Singh. At the meeting, it was decided that a dedicated Anti-Narcotic Task Force will be set up in Chandigarh, to be headed by an inspector general-rank officer. To be managed by the cyber cell of the UT Police, the project will also rope in college students and volunteers.
An auto-rickshaw driver has been arrested for raping a 15-year-old girl in the forest area in Sector 50 in broad daylight on Sunday. Police said the accused, Pawan, 31, a resident of EWS Colony, Sector 49, is married and has three children. She was taken to the Sector 49 police station and a case was registered under Section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
With the UT administration favouring a single, city-level plant to process different types of solid wastes – dry, wet and horticulture, the municipal corporation is rethinking its plan for a dedicated horticulture waste processing plant. Chandigarh generates around 8 tonnes of horticultural waste per day, but it goes up to 80 tonnes per day during spring and autumn, when trees shed leaves.
A speeding car left a scooterist dead near the Sector 25 market on National Highway 73 in Panchkula on Tuesday morning. Sukhpal was riding his scooter on National Highway 73 around 6.30 am, when a red Maruti Suzuki Zen car hit him from behind. The car driver took Sukhpal for treatment to Ojas Hospital in Sector 26 and then fled from there. Meanwhile, an eyewitness identified the car, which was impounded by the police.