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Covid-19: fourth covid wave in Delhi “Much More Dangerous,” says Arvind Kejriwal

By Priyanka Verma 
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Covid-19: fourth covid wave in Delhi “Much More Dangerous,” says Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: A day after announcing several new restrictions amid an alarming rise in coronavirus cases in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal requested the centre to remove age restrictions on vaccination and said that the surge in COVID-19 cases this time is “worse than what Delhi saw during the third peak.” The chief minister also said that a full lockdown is not the solution to tackle the pandemic.

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“Delhi reported 10,732 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, this is a worrisome situation,” the Aam Aadmi Party chief said today.

This is the fourth wave in Delhi which is “much more dangerous”, he added.

“Do not get hospitalised if your case is not severe, if you can be treated in home isolation too. Delhi has the best home isolation facilities. We will send teams to your home. If you occupy a bed in a hospital which could have been used for a person whose condition is severe, then the health infrastructure comes under stress and none can say, Delhi may need lockdown then,” Kejriwal said.

“Till mid-March, there were less than 200 daily Covid cases in the city. But in the last 24 hours, 10,732 cases have been recorded in the Capital. A day before, there were 7,900 cases. And the day before yesterday, the number was 8,521. So the fourth wave of the pandemic is more dangerous than the third wave in November,” the Chief Minister said.

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He said the centre should open vaccination for all ages. “People below the age of 45 should also be vaccinated to break the cycle of the coronavirus.”

“I have requested the centre many times regarding the removal of age restrictions on taking COVID-19 vaccine. The Delhi government is ready to conduct a door-to-door campaign to vaccinate people. 65 per cent of patients in Delhi are below” 45 years of age, Mr Kejriwal said.

Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party leader Raghav Chadha has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding an “urgent need for vaccine universalisation and vaccine nationalism”

“Several states have run out of stocks of vaccines and remaining states have stocks left only for three to five days,” the letter reads.

The Delhi chief minister said certain restrictions have been put in place to curb the recent surge. “We don’t want to impose a lockdown but we have issued fresh curbs to battle the surge. I appeal to everyone to follow norms.”

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“I am not in favour of a lockdown, don’t believe that is a solution. Lockdown should be imposed only when a state’s healthcare facilities collapse,” he added.

Mr Kejriwal said his government is focusing on hospital management at present and asked people to head towards government hospitals instead of private ones. “Don’t run towards private hospitals… the beds are less there. Please go to government hospitals… Those who are asymptomatic must home isolate.”

“I salute paramedics and nurses… who have been working for over a year,” the chief minister said.

The Delhi government on Saturday announced new restrictions, banning most public gatherings and setting limits for attendance at restaurants, theatres, on public transport and functions like weddings and funerals.

The new rules which will stay in place till April 30, along with the earlier announced 10-pm-to-5-am night curfew, include a ban on all types of social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural and religious gatherings in Delhi. Only 50 people will be allowed to attend weddings and not more than 20 at funerals. Restaurants, bars and cinemas will operate at 50 per cent of their seating capacity.

COVID-19 cases have been increasing across the country — 1,52,879 fresh infections were reported since yesterday, setting another grim one-day record as the country’s Covid tally reached over 1.33 crore cases. 839 deaths in the last 24 hour pushed the total death count to 1.69 lakh in India.

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