Delhi Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the blockade took effect from 22:00 to 19/4 to 5 am to prevent the spread of the epidemic. Under the new epidemic prevention regulations, essential services will be available for a limited time, but shops, shopping malls, manufacturing facilities, private companies, schools, theaters and restaurants forced to close. However, the government does not restrict movement within Delhi.
India has in the past several days been at the center of the epidemic with a sharp increase in the number of new cases. On the same day, the country said it continued to record a record increase in the number of new cases of COVID-19 with 273,810 cases, bringing the total number to 15,061,919 oranges, ranking second in the world after the United States. This is the 5th consecutive day that India has recorded a number of new cases exceeding 200,000 cases / day. The number of deaths caused by COVID-19 in the South Asian country also rose to a record 1,619 to 178,769.
According to Kejriwal, the Delhi capital alone recorded about 25,000 new cases per day in the past 3-4 days. He warned that if the number of new cases continues to rise, the health system could be exhausted. He stated that up to this point, the number of beds in active treatment areas in Delhi has less than 100 beds, while the hospital is lacking oxygen. Premier Kejriwal said to have reported the federal government about the current state of Delhi.
In the context of a rapidly increasing number of new cases, the central government has asked local authorities to promote testing, tracing and treating COVID-19 cases.
Several states in India also impose measures to stop the spread of the disease.
As of April 19, nearly 123.9 million doses of vaccine had been injected to the Indian population, the third highest in the world after the US and China. However, per capita, the immunization rate in this country is still quite low.