New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday imposed a complete six-day lockdown in the national capital amid the alarming spike in coronavirus cases. Kejriwal said that the lockdown will begin from 10 pm tonight and continue till next Monday. He, however, said that all essential and medical services will continue during the lockdown in the city-state. 

The Delhi government had last week announced a weekend curfew in the national capital from 10 pm on April 16 till 6 am on April 19, and the closure of malls, gymnasiums and auditoriums till April 30 as part of sweeping restrictions to break the chain of the COVID-19 infection in the city.

Here are the highlights of the day:

12:38 pm: In the next 6 days, we will make arrangements for more beds in Delhi. We thank Central govt for helping us. The lockdown period will be used to arrange oxygen, medicine. I request everyone to follow the guidelines, says Kejriwal.

12:24 pm: Delhi’s health system has been stretched to its limit, is under stress. Harsh measures will have to be taken to prevent a collapse of the health system, says Kejriwal

12:23 pm: It has been decided to impose a lockdown in Delhi, from 10 pm tonight to 6 am next Monday: Kejriwal

12:22 pm: Complete lockdown imposed in Delhi: Kejriwal

12:19 pm: Almost no ICU bed available in Delhi, says Kejriwal

12:17 pm: Delhi reported over 23,000 cases in last 24 hours, says Kejriwal

12:15 pm: Kejriwal begins his address

11:57 am: Earlier in the day, Kejriwal also held a crucial meet with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to discuss the situation in the city-state.

11:54 am: It is expected that Kejriwal will impose a 7-day curfew till next Monday from tonight.

11:52 am: Arvind Kejriwal will address a press conference shortly.

On Sunday, Kejriwal said Delhi was facing an "acute shortage" of oxygen for COVID-19 patients and alleged that the quota of the city has been diverted to other states. The chief minister's remarks came hours after he wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his help in enhancing the number of hospital beds and immediate oxygen supply for patients in Delhi.

While announcing the weekend curfew in the national capital, the chief minister had said that the pandemic situation in the city has become “very serious and worrisome”, with oxygen stock, and Remdesivir and Tocilizumab drugs for patients in short supply. He said the number of beds are also running out fast and the Delhi government is trying to escalate beds on a large scale in the coming days.

The city wore a deserted look on Saturday and Sunday as all the public places and major markets remained closed. Among the places that remained busy throughout the weekend curfew were the city hospitals and cremation grounds as scores of ambulances and other vehicles ferrying patients rushed in and out. 

The national capital reported 25,462 COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the highest single-day spike in the city till date, according to data shared by the Health Department. The city also reported 161 deaths, while the positivity rate shot up to 29.74 per cent, also the highest so far.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta