Delhi imposes six-day lockdown due to surge in COVID-19 cases
A view of the usually busy Paharganj Market, during the weekend curfew imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19, in New Delhi on April 18, 2021.Qamar Sibtain/IANS

Delhi imposes six-day lockdown due to surge in COVID-19 cases

New Delhi, April 19, 2021

In the wake of the unabated rise in the numbers of new Covid-19 cases in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday declared a six-day lockdown starting from 10 p.m. tonight till 6 a.m. on April 26.

He made the announcement during a televised address in which he said the fourth wave of the pandemic in Delhi has brought healthcare services to the brink of collapse.

"In order to prevent a total collapse, LG Anil Baijal and I took this decision. And in this duration, essential services will be allowed and more beds will also be set up," the Chief Minister added.

As the city logged around 23,000 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, Kejriwal and Baijal held a meeting earlier in the day to discuss the overall situation.

"I won't say our health system has collapsed but it is at an alarming stage due to the resurgence," Kejriwal said, adding that the overall situation in the city was critical.

On Sunday, he had stated that less than 100 ICU beds were available in Delhi and there was a shortage of oxygen too in Delhi's hospitals.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Health Minister Satyendar Jain visited several government hospitals till late in the night on Sunday.

Delhi on Sunday reported over 25,000 new cases.

IANS

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