Delhi Covid Lockdown News: No lockdown in Delhi, but

Delhi is subject to a weekend curfew that started at 10 p.m. on Friday and continues until 5 a.m. (File)

New Delhi:

There will be no Covid lockdown in Delhi if people follow protocol – wear face masks in public and maintain social distancing – Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday as the nation’s capital scrambles to contain a startling increase in new cases over the past few days.

“No need to panic… be responsible. We don’t want to impose a lockdown just yet… we want to keep the borders as small as possible, so that the common man isn’t affected. a DDMA (Delhi Disaster Management Agency) and we will review the situation, ”he said.

Today’s post was a repeat of what Mr Kejriwal said last week when he said Covid cases were increasing rapidly in the city but there was no need to panic.

The chief minister also urged people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Mr Kejriwal also announced that he had recovered after a Covid infection broke out during his campaign for next month’s election in Uttarakhand. “I’m back to your ward after recovering from Corona,” he said, adding that he self-isolated at home after having a two-day fever.

Mr Kejriwal’s pleas come as Delhi is expected to report around 22,000 cases of Covid today.

The city reported 20,181 yesterday, a 16% increase. New daily cases are also approaching the one-day high of 26,169 set on April 23, at the height of the second wave.

The new wave of infections is fueled in part by the Omicron variant, which is more infectious than the Delta strain. This leads to milder symptoms, but doctors have warned against underestimating.

Delhi has so far reported 513 Omicron Covid cases (second only to Maharashtra).

Experts say the milder symptoms produced may be offset by the large number of cases that will be reported, which could put undue strain on healthcare infrastructure.

In addition, more than 300 doctors and medical professionals tested positive in Delhi during this wave.

Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Saturday that the Delhi government has decided to increase the number of available hospital beds (normal and intensive care) in anticipation of a greater number of cases.

5,650 normal beds and 2,075 intensive care beds in 14 hospitals, as well as 2,800 in Covid centers, would be added to those already available, he said, noting that around 13,300 beds were available in total. .

“Delhi government is ready to face the most serious situation. Delhi health system is very ready to prevent this wave and provide prompt treatment to all people in the state”, a- he declared.

As part of its efforts to contain the third wave in the city, the Delhi government has ordered a weekend curfew that began at 10 p.m. Friday and will remain in effect until 5 a.m. tomorrow.

During this period, only people involved in essential services and those facing an emergency can leave the house. Travelers must produce government-issued e-passes or have valid ID cards.

India reported nearly 1.6 lakh of new cases this morning in the past 24 hours.

With the entry of PTI

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