Delhi Government extends the lockdown period by another week, rules remain the same. Huge strain on the healthcare, hospitals at breaking point; the Government of Delhi starts a portal for Oxygen management.
On Sunday, 25th April 2021, the Chief Minister of Delhi, Mr Arvind Kejriwal extended the ongoing lockdown in the NCR by another week because of the high positivity rate and only a marginal drop in the daily coronavirus figures.
The rules of the lockdown will remain the same. Only essential services and government offices will be allowed to function. All those employed with private offices will have to work from home. Malls, spas, gyms and auditoriums will be shut during the lockdown period while groceries, dairies are allowed to be kept open.
On Thursday, the city had logged a positivity rate of 36.24% the highest since the pandemic reached. Delhi on Saturday added 357 deaths due to Covid-19, the highest ever single-day spike while 24,103 new cases took the caseload to 1,004,782, according to the health department’s bulletin.
Covid-19 is rapidly increasing in Delhi. Given this, we had earlier imposed a six-day lockdown which was supposed to end tomorrow at 5 am. Lockdown is the last weapon to deal with the Covid-19 crisis. At present, the situation is not improving. Many people suggested the lockdown should be extended. Now the lockdown has been extended for one more week till Monday, 3rd May, 5 am. Coronavirus continues to wreak havoc in the city. Public opinion is that lockdown should increase. So, the lockdown is being extended for one week.”
– Arvind Kejriwal, in his proclamation
The Chief Minister also gave a sign of hope by saying that now there is a 36% to 37% positivity rate, which was not there before.
Though the number of cases in the NCR has dropped gradually from the last week’s figure of 28,000+ to a figure of 24,000 a day, there is tremendous pressure on the healthcare infrastructure of the National Capital, with the hospitals at their breaking points, shortages of beds, medications and oxygen.
The Chief Minister during the announcement also furthered, “While 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. Currently, though the Centre has 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 tons only.”
The Chief Minister also held that to get ahead of the Curve, the Government of Delhi has started a portal for Oxygen Management, recording the status of supplies from the manufacturers to the respective hospitals, every two hours. In this process, the hospitals will have to give their consumption statistics in the last two hours and the supplier has to state how much was supplied in that period.
“With this, the government will know where there is going to be a shortage and it can be corrected, this will let the government know where there is a shortfall and can be fixed accordingly. Apart from the central government, Delhi is trying to get help from every quarter… I have written a letter to all the Chief Ministers of the country yesterday. If you have any possibility of oxygen, then let us know. Negotiations have started with some states and I will tell you when any positive results will come,” added Kejriwal during the proclamation.
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