Amid the raging second wave of the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic, the Delhi hief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on the 1st of May announced to extend the lockdown in the city for one more week.
Earlier on April 26, the Chief Minister had extended the week-long lockdown in the national capital till May 3.
Taking to Twitter, Arvind Kejriwal said, “Lockdown in Delhi is being extended by one week.” In addition, On the 28th of April, the Union Home Ministry notified the GNCTD Act making the LG the Delhi Government or the executive (not titular) head of the Government in Delhi. Under the notified Act, the elected Government of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is no more authorised to take any decision in Delhi. The Chief Minister of Delhi would now have to seek the opinion of LG Anil Baijal before taking any executive decision.
Later, on the 29th of April, Anil Baijal issued fresh notification regarding the rules, making clear how the Delhi Government would function under his rule.
The decision was taken after the Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) failed to tackle the current COVID-19 crisis in Delhi.
The national capital has been witnessing a massive surge in the number of Covid-19 cases since the past few weeks. As per the data received on Saturday morning, the city recorded over 27,000 new cases and 375 deaths in the past 24 hours – the 13th straight day when Delhi reported more than 20,000 cases a day.