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India coronavirus: Delhi announces lockdown as Covid cases surge

Added 04-19-21 04:04:02am EST - “With record daily spikes all of last week, the Indian capital is now the worst-hit city in the country.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “India coronavirus: Delhi announces lockdown as Covid cases surge”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

India's capital Delhi has announced a week-long lockdown after a record spike in cases overwhelmed the city's healthcare system.

Government offices and essential services, such as hospitals, pharmacies and grocers, will be open during the lockdown which starts on Monday.

The city had imposed a weekend curfew but reported its highest single-day spike so far on Sunday - 24, 462 cases.

"I have always been against lockdowns, but this one will help us amplify the number of hospital beds in Delhi," Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said in a press conference on Monday.

He also appealed to the city's migrant workers not to leave - last year's national lockdown saw millions of them heading back to their villages after they found themselves unemployed and running out of money.

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