Shubham Jaiswal ([email protected])
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi govt has clarified that the lockdown will not be extended in the national capital. Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain comments came in the backdrop of exponentially increasing coronavirus infections after the lockdown was relaxed to allow all shops, mall and activities resumed in Unlock 1.0.
New Delhi has officially reported close to 1,100 deaths from the coronavirus, but cemeteries and crematoriums in the city say the actual number is several hundred higher. Hospital morgues are beyond capacity, and with summer temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius some bodies are kept on thick ice slabs.
The spike in deaths in New Delhi comes amid a broader virus surge throughout India, where authorities are reporting some 10,000 new infections each day and more than 300 deaths. Nevertheless, India lifted most of the remaining restrictions from its 10-week lockdown on June 8, the same day it recorded what at the time was its highest single-day death toll from the virus.