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Delhi went into a weekend lockdown to "break the chain of transmission" as the national capital aims to tackle a steep rise in Covid-19 cases. While weekend curfew will remain in force between 10 pm Friday and 5 am Monday, the other curbs, along with the night curfew, will stay till 30 April, according to an order issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA).

However, essential services will be allowed during this period with curfew passes.

Police check vehicular movement during ongoing Covid-induced weekend lockdown in the national capital. Visuals from Connaught Place.
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Police check vehicular movement during ongoing Covid-induced weekend lockdown in the national capital. Visuals from Connaught Place. (ANI)

"During the weekdays, a majority of people step out to go to work. But during weekends, people mostly step out for activities that can be avoided," CM Kejriwal said, urging people to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour.

Weekend lockdown imposed in the national capital, to continue till tomorrow morning (5 am). Visuals from INA and Central Delhi.
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Weekend lockdown imposed in the national capital, to continue till tomorrow morning (5 am). Visuals from INA and Central Delhi. (ANI)

The DDMA has made it mandatory for people to obtain e-passes for travel during the weekend curfew hours i.e. from Friday 10 pm till Monday 6 am. DDMA clearly states that only essential services will be allowed.

Police check vehicular movement during ongoing Covid-induced weekend lockdown in the national capital. Visuals from Connaught Place.
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Police check vehicular movement during ongoing Covid-induced weekend lockdown in the national capital. Visuals from Connaught Place. (ANI)

Delhi recorded 24,375 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the highest single-day surge till date, and 167 fatalities from the coronavirus infection, also the highest fatality count in a day, according to data shared by the health department here.

Last year, Delhi was under complete lockdown between 22 March and 18 May and after this, the Capital reopened in stages.

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