The Arvind Kejriwal government has imposed weekend curfew in Delhi to tide over Covid crisis. Addressing the media here, Chief Minister Kejriwal assured that there was no shortage of hospitals in Delhi and that measures are being taken to ensure adequate supply of drugs. He said that the motto was to break the transmission chain and that essential services will not be affected during the curfew.
The city government has ordered the malls, spas, auditoriums and gyms to shut to check overcrowding at public places. Cinema halls, however, can function with 30% audiences.
Besides, the government has asked officials to take stern action against those found flouting Covid-19 protocols. The government has taken note of shortages of drugs at hospitals and ensures measures will be taken to ensure adequate supply chain of required drugs for the treatment of Covid-19 patients.
“There is no shortage of Covid beds in Delhi hospitals,” Kejriwal said. He said that people attending weddings in Delhi to be given e-passes to facilitate movement during weekend curfew.
The decision was taken during a meeting presided over by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal today. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal made the proposal to impose a complete lockdown on Saturdays and Sundays.
Earlier this week, Kejriwal had said that lockdown was no solution to slow the spread of coronavirus cases, and that it would be imposed in Delhi only if the “hospital system collapses”.
Delhi is currently reeling under the fourth wave of Covid-19. The national capital on 14 April recorded 17,282 fresh cases of Covid, the highest single-day surge since the onset of the pandemic, while 104 new fatalities were recorded, pushing the death toll to 11,540. On 12 April, the national capital had recorded 13,468 cases and 81 deaths due to the infection, giving it the dubious distinction of being the worst-affected city in the county.
The highest single-day spike in Delhi till the third wave of the pandemic — 8,593 cases — was reported on 11 November in 2020, while on 18 November, the city had recorded 131 Covid deaths, the highest single-day fatality count till date.
Delhi’s Health Minister Satyendar Jain on 14 April said that cases were rising very rapidly every single day and “there is no slow down” in the spread of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, amid the massive surge in new cases, the city government has issued an order to augment the number of beds reserved for coronavirus patients at its hospitals, and attach banquet halls and hotels to these facilities.
The city government has already announced a seven-hour night curfew from 10 PM to 5 AM in the national capital till 30 April to stop the spread of virus.