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Arvind Kejriwal says no plan for lockdown in Delhi, urges Centre to allow vaccination for all age groups

Even because the Covid-19 circumstances proceed to rise in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Friday stated his authorities has not but taken a choice to impose a lockdown within the metropolis. The CM additionally urged the Centre to open up the vaccination course of for everybody as a substitute of conserving it restricted to particular age teams.

Addressing a webcast following a high-level assembly on the pandemic state of affairs in Delhi, Kejriwal categorically acknowledged that the Delhi authorities has no plans to impose any lockdown within the metropolis however appealed to the general public to put on masks, deal with hand washing, and observe social distancing.

“If there may be any want to take action sooner or later, we’ll seek the advice of the individuals,” he stated.

Whereas admitting that the unfold of the virus was a matter of “deep fear”, Kejriwal stated the present wave is “much less critical” as fewer deaths and hospitalisations are being recorded.

“This wave is, nevertheless, much less critical. The variety of deaths are fewer and fewer sufferers are within the hospitals and ICU as in comparison with the third wave when 3,000-4000 circumstances have been arising day by day on a mean. Most are recovering in residence isolation,” Kejriwal stated.

Based on Friday’s medical bulletin, town registered 3,583 recent circumstances.

“There have been 425 circumstances on March 16. It has risen to 3853 now. For the nation, this is perhaps the second wave, however Delhi is dealing with the fourth wave of infections. And circumstances are rising exponentially this time. It is a matter of fear. However there is no such thing as a motive to be scared. The federal government is taking all mandatory steps,” Kejriwal stated.

Delhi witnessed the primary wave of the pandemic in June 2020. The second wave occurred in August-September and the third wave emerged in October-November. The day by day caseload within the metropolis peaked on November 10 when the virus contaminated 8600 people, whereas November 19 noticed 131 deaths, the very best single-day toll.

For now, the federal government is specializing in hospital administration, which entails drawing up a method to extend the variety of hospital beds and ICUs if wanted. The priorities stay testing, tracing and isolating constructive circumstances and suspected circumstances, creation of containment zones, Kejriwal stated.

The CM additionally urged the Centre to permit colleges and group centres for use as vaccination websites other than the prevailing healthcare services.

“Yesterday, we (Delhi authorities) vaccinated 71,000 individuals as in opposition to the capability of 96,000. The central tips say that vaccination websites must be housed in premises of healthcare services. That made sense when vaccination had simply began and there have been issues associated to potential opposed occasions.

“Nevertheless, it has been almost three months now. For instance, in opposition to 71,000 vaccinations yesterday, there have been 4 minor circumstances of opposed occasions. All 4 individuals recovered inside two to a few hours. If the Centre permits, we will launch vaccination drives in group centres, colleges on battle footing. Rach such centre can have ambulances, first support services,” the CM stated.

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