Arvind Kejriwal calls urgent meet as Delhi reports biggest-ever 1-day spike of 10,700 COVID cases
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: With Delhi reporting its biggest-ever single-day spike of more than 10,700 coronavirus cases, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called for an urgent meet to discuss the situation in the national capital. The meeting will be held at noon on Monday in presence of all senior state ministers and officials.
Delhi, which has been hit by the fourth wave of coronavirus pandemic, had reported 10,774 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday. The city-state has been reporting a surge in coronavirus cases since mid-March, forcing the Delhi government impose stricter curbs, including night curfew.
On Sunday, Kejriwal had said that the situation is Delhi is "worrisome" and urged people across the city-state to not step out of their houses unless it is very necessary. He, however, ruled out imposing a lockdown but stressed that the vaccination drive should be increased to control the spread of the infection.
He also said that during his meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week, the Delhi government had asked the Centre to remove restrictions on vaccination to increase the pace of the inoculation drive.
"We need your cooperation. If your cooperation is received and the situation of hospitals is under control, there will be no need to impose a lockdown in Delhi. But, if beds in the hospitals fell short and are unavailable, then lockdown may have to be imposed," Kejriwal was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
The CM also said that the daily number of COVID-19 tests has been raised from 80,000-85,000 to over one lakh over the past few days. Saying that some people were telling him they are fed up with wearing face masks, Kejriwal asked them to think about the doctors and the nurses treating COVID-19 patients.
"Aren't they tired? They are more tired than you are. If they can work for 24 hours from the past one year, risking their own life, then the least you can do is to wear a mask. This 'getting tired' is not allowed for your own good," he said.
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