Report By: Nandika Chand | Last Update June 1, 2020
Delhi borders will be shut for a week and only essential services will be allowed due to the steady and sharp increase in COVID-19 cases. This u-turn comes after the neighboring state of Haryana opened the Gurgaon – Delhi borders in line with the Center’s revised guidelines for Unlock 1.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said people having passes will be allowed to enter the national capital. He said the state government will take a decision in a week’s period to open its borders or not after taking suggestions from the people. “Delhiites can send suggestions on opening of borders to WhatsApp number 8800007722, firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 5pm,” Kejriwal said. “The Delhi government will implement all the relaxations permitted by the Center.”
In regards to shortage of beds in hospitals to treat COVID-19, the CM said the city has sufficient beds. “The moment we open the borders, people from across the country will come to Delhi for treatment. Delhi hospitals should be reserved for the people of Delhi,” he said. “Delhi has 9,500 beds for COVID-19 patients.” The national capital has scaled up health and hospital infrastructure to stem the outbreak.
Delhi has about 20,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and a death toll of 473. In the last 24-hours over 1,000 new cases have been detected. And this is the fourth consecutive time for the number of cases to cross the 1,000 mark in 24-hours.
On Saturday, Kejriwal had said Delhi is four steps ahead of the coronavirus. He also reiterated that there cannot be a permanent state of lockdown.