All Centrally-protected Monuments, Including Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Shut Till May 15 Owing to Covid Surge
Coronavirus News Live Updates: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a weekend curfew in the national capital amid a massive surge in Covid-19 cases from 10 pm on Friday to 6 am on Monday morning. Spas, malls, gyms and theatres will remain closed till further orders in Delhi. There is no decision to close any market. During his announcement, Kejriwal said, “Essential services will be allowed…we will give passes even to people who are scheduled to get married. There will be special markets with special arrangements….no dine in at restaurants.”
Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government announced a night curfew in districts with over 2,000 Covid-19 cases. The new curfew timings, 8pm -7am, will be implemented in places such as Lucknow, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Kanpur city, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Meerut and Gorakhpur, among others.
India, meanwhile, recorded its biggest-ever single-day spike on Thursday for the second day in a row with 2,00,739 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours and 1,038 deaths. There were 93,528 discharges said the Union Health Ministry. The total number of cases in India now stands at 1,40,74,564, total recoveries are at 1,24,29,564, active cases at 14,71,877 and death toll at 1,73,123. On Wednesday India saw 184,372 fresh cases with its total covid tally shooting up to 13,873,825 cases.