No lockdown plans for now, wear masks & follow Covid norms: Kejriwal
Addressing a digital press conference on the rising coronavirus cases in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said the Delhi government is not planning any lockdown in the wake of the fourth wave of corona in the national capital.
Delhi recorded 3,594 fresh Covid cases on Friday, the highest daily count this year, while 14 more people died due to the infection, taking the death toll to 11,050, according to the city health department.
He said if needed, his government will only do it after due consultation with the public. He also urged the Central government to open up the vaccination process for everyone instead of keeping it restricted to specific age groups in certain states in face of the rising infection.
He said the Delhi government is testing, tracing, and isolating aggressively and wherever there seems to be a need for demarcation of containment zones, it would be done to prevent the further spread of Corona. He said that Delhi is witnessing the fourth wave of Corona, which is less serious than the previous ones, mortality rates are comparatively low and the number of people being admitted into hospitals and ICU is relatively low as well.
He requested the people of Delhi to continue wearing masks, following social distancing, and washing their hands frequently to tackle the spread of corona.
He also said the Central government should allow states to vaccinate everyone on a war footing because, if the central government permits, hundreds and thousands of facilities can be created in community centres, schools, etc and a mass vaccination drive could be initiated.
Kejriwal urged the people of Delhi to properly follow Covid protocol. “Lastly, I would like to appeal to the citizens of Delhi who have successfully fulfilled huge tasks. We would surely be able to tackle and control the fourth wave but I would like to reiterate my appeal for wearing masks, social distancing, and frequent sanitization or washing of hands with soap,” added the CM.