CM Arvind Kejriwal announces lockdown extension in Delhi

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that in view of the rapidly increasing number of Covid-19 positive cases daily the lockdown in Delhi has been extended for a week.


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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that the ongoing COVID-19 induced lockdown in the national capital has been extended till May 3.

Kejriwal said that as coronavirus cases are increasing rapidly in the city, it was necessary to impose a lockdown. Therefore, the ongoing lockdown is being extended for a week till 5 am next Monday," the Delhi CM said.

The Delhi government had imposed a six-day lockdown in the city to contain the spread of COVID-19. It was scheduled to end Monday morning.

On the problem of oxygen shortage, Kejriwal said that Delhi ministers and officials are talking to the suppliers overnight and trying to bring oxygen to hospitals.
 
"Delhi needs 700 MT oxygen, the central government has increased it by 10MT and allotted us 490 MT oxygen. But only 330 MT can reach Delhi. Our ministers, officials are talking to the suppliers overnight and trying to bring oxygen to hospitals," the Delhi CM said.
 
Kejriwal said that the Central government and the Delhi government are working together to control the unprecedented rise in COVID-19 infections. Delhi is making all-out efforts to get help from all quarters, he added.


"Delhi is trying to get help from every quarter. I have written a letter to the chief ministers of other states yesterday that if they have any possibility of oxygen to let us know," Kejriwal said.

Kejriwal further said that oxygen is of utmost importance at the moment and it is important to manage it. Hence, a portal that will be updated every two hours by oxygen manufacturers, suppliers and hospitals for better management of oxygen supply has been started, the CM added. 

On Saturday, Delhi recorded 357 deaths, the highest ever single-day fatalities since the beginning of the pandemic, while 24,103 more COVID-19 positive cases were added to the city's tally.
 
The national capital now has 93,080 COVID-19 active cases. Delhi's COVID-19 tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 1,004,782, while the death toll reached 13,898 deaths, according to the Union Health Ministry.

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First Published:April 25, 2021, 3:27 p.m.

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