Six Day Lockdown in Delhi, health system may collapse with daily 25,000 Covid cases, says CM Kejriwal

Coronavirus Lockdown India Delhi

Delhi government will be enforcing lockdown in the city starting Monday night for a week till April 26 as it grapples with the massive surge in Covid-19 cases. Kejriwal said Delhi’s health system is strained with the daily 25,000 cases that the city is witnessing now.

Announcing the lockdown in Delhi, Kejriwal said the city is grappling with the fourth wave of coronavirus. After a meeting with Delhi L-G Anil Baijal, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced the decision to impose lockdown from 10 pm on Monday till 5 am on April 26.

Lockdown in Delhi

After a meeting with Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, CM Arvind Kejriwal took to addressing residents of Delhi on Monday and announced a strict lockdown in the city which recorded over 25,000 Covid-19 cases on Sunday.

Kejriwal announced on Monday, “There will be a small lockdown in Delhi from 10 pm tonight. Essential services will continue. Marriage ceremonies will be allowed with a gathering of only 50 people.”

Sources have said all private offices will have to work from home during the lockdown period in Delhi and only essential services and government establishments will function from office.

Kejriwal also said, “Over the past few days Delhi has witnessed over 25,000 daily cases. Delhi recorded around 23,500 Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours. Such massive number of cases will crumble any functional health system in the world. Delhi’s health infrastructure is under tremendous pressure at the moment.”

“This morning I saw there were less than 100 ICU beds available across Delhi hospitals,” said Kejriwal while appealing to residents to abide by the Delhi lockdown guidelines.

He added, “In the next 6 days, we will make arrangements for more beds in Delhi. We thank the central government for helping us. The lockdown period will be used to arrange oxygen, medicine. I request everyone to follow the guidelines.”

L-G Baijal to write to Yogi Adityanath

L-G Baijal has instructed the issues of migrant labour to be addressed. He will be writing to UP CM Yogi Adityanath with regards to oxygen supply and also speak to Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan about getting more beds.

The Delhi government had earlier announced a weekend curfew that ended at 5 am on Monday. Roads and markets remained deserted over the weekend in Delhi as Covid-19 cases crossed a new high of 25,000.

In view of a huge spike in Covid-19 cases in Delhi, the high court on Monday ordered district courts to take up only urgent matters and that too through video conferencing.

Delhi on Sunday recorded the biggest jump in its daily Covid-19 tally with 25,462 fresh cases, while the positivity rate shot up to 29.74% — meaning almost every third sample being tested in the city is turning out to be positive.

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