The six-day lockdown in Delhi which was supposed to come to an end at 5 am on Monday has been extended by another week owing to the COVID-19 pandemic that is wreaking havoc in the national capital. An announcement in this regard was made by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Kejriwal said, “Coronavirus still continues to wreak havoc in the city. Public opinion is that lockdown should increase. So the lockdown is being extended for one week.”
The chief minister added that the positivity rate in the national capital is around 36-37 per cent—a major cause of concern as it is the highest since the pandemic began last year.
Kejriwal said, “While we have failed to deliver oxygen at some places, in other places we have succeeded… the situation should be under control in the coming few days.”
High positivity rate in Delhi
Delhi on Thursday recorded a positivity rate of 36.24 per cent. While it dropped to 32.27 per cent last evening, the number of fatalities reached a record high of 357.
The number of cases, though, dropped from last week’s 28,000-plus a day to over 24,000 –a high caseload that has kept the city’s hospitals at a breaking point, with a galloping crisis of beds, drugs and oxygen.
Even as the Union government increased Delhi’s oxygen quota again from 480 to 490 metric tons, the access problems remain. “The requirement is 700 metric tons and what’s reaching us is 330 to 335 metric tonnes only,” he said.
To get ahead of the curve, the Delhi government has started a portal for oxygen management. This will record the status of supplies from the manufactures to the hospitals every two hours, he said. Hospitals will have to give their consumption data in the last two hours and the supplier has to tell how much was supplied in that period.
COVID-19 situation in Delhi
The national capital has reported 24,103 fresh cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours ending 8 am on Sunday. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the total case tally past 10.04 lakh. There are 93,080 active cases of the virus and 13,898 people have succumbed to the viral infection so far. Of this, 357 people died in the last 24 hours.
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