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Kejriwal extends Delhi lockdown by one more week even as COVID count drops

Kejriwal extends Delhi lockdown by one more week even as COVID count drops
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Sunday that his government was extending the lockdown to curb COVID-19 by one more week.

The lockdown in Delhi was first announced on April 19 as the national capital reeled under the second wave of COVID-19. It was subsequently extended every week.

Kejriwal announced on Sunday the lockdown would remain in effect until 5am on May 24. Kejriwal noted that while COVID-19 cases were declining, the test positivity rate had yet to reach five per cent.

The move to extend the lockdown comes even as the number of new COVID-19 cases and the test positivity rate for the infection has been decreasing steadily over the past week.

On Saturday, Delhi reported 6,430 new COVID-19 cases, the second straight day that new cases remained under 10,000. However, the number of fatalities in Delhi remains relatively high.

On Saturday, a total of 337 deaths were reported. A health department official told The Indian Express on Saturday that these deaths were of people who had fallen ill 10-12 days ago.

The director of a major hospital in Delhi on Friday had attributed the decline in cases to the lockdown.0

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