Delhi LG Anil Baijal has canceled the AAP government's decision to open hotels and weekly markets on a trial basis, as part of Unlock-3 phased reopening. Earlier on Thursday, the Delhi government decided to end night curfew and allow more economic activities, including normal functioning of hospitality services in the national capital. Kejriwal government had said it would allow weekly bazars (markets) on a trial basis for seven days with social distancing and all necessary COVID-19 appropriate measures in place.
Delhi registered 1,195 new coronavirus cases on Friday, taking the capital's tally past 1.35 lakh. The number of deaths has risen to 3,963, health authorities said. Though the capital has the third-highest caseload in the country, the Delhi government is keen to revive its economy battered by the coronavirus crisis and the following lockdown. Mr Baijal has scrapped a number of orders pitched by the Delhi government since the very start. Last month, he had cancelled a controversial decision to reserve hospitals except those run by the centre for residents of Delhi. He also reversed a decision to test only those showing symptoms of COVID-19 and said asymptomatic cases and high-risk contacts of a virus patient will also be tested.