Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced key welfare measures to assist residents of the national capital who are struggling amid the COVID-19 surge.
Addressing a press conference, Kejriwal announced his government, "decided that all ration card holders in Delhi, around 72 lakh in number, will be given free ration for the next 2 months". Kejriwal was quoted by ANI as saying the free supply of rations did not "mean that the lockdown will continue for 2 months. It is just being done to help the poor going through financial issues". On May 1, the Kejriwal government announced the lockdown in Delhi had been extended until May 10.
Kejriwal added, "All autorickshaw drivers and taxi drivers in Delhi will be given Rs 5,000 each by Delhi government, so that they get a little help during this financial crisis." Last year also, the Kejriwal government had provided monetary assistance to auto and taxi drivers.
On Monday, Delhi recorded a total of 18,043 COVID-19 cases, the lowest figure since April 15. However, it recorded a record fatality count of 448 deaths, the third straight day that COVID-19 deaths were over 400. To date, Delhi has recorded 12,12,989 cases and 17,414 deaths.