Delhi lockdown extended as Covid continues to wreak havoc: Kejriwal


Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said Covid continues to wreak havoc in the city and that public opinion favoured extending the lockdown.

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Kejriwal said the Delhi government has begun a portal for oxygen management to record the status of oxygen supply from manufacturers to hospitals every two hours; 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.

He said though the Centre has increased Delhi’s oxygen quota again from 480 to 490 metric tonne, problems of access remain, and while Delhi’s requirement is 700 metric tons, what’s reaching us is only 330-335 metric tonne.

He also said Delhi has received constant support from the Central government and that both, the Delhi government and the Central government, are working tirelessly to ensure a steady supply of oxygen.

Kejriwal in a press conference said: “Owing to the rise in Covid-19 cases, last week we had announced a 6-day lockdown in the state. Lockdown is the last resort and last measure imposed in any fight against Covid, and Delhi’s situation was such that imposing a lockdown had become necessary. However, the rise in cases has not come to a halt and they continue to climb at an alarming rate. In this context, it is the desire of the people as well that the lockdown should be extended. Therefore, we are extending it for another week, till next Monday 5am.”