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No plan for lockdown in Delhi, all possible measures taken, says CM Kejriwal amid surge in Covid cases

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday chaired a high-level meeting with government officials amid rising covid cases in the national capital and said that there is no plan for a lockdown in Delhi.

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New Delhi Updated on: April 02, 2021 19:04 IST
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal says no plan for lockdown in Delhi.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday chaired a high-level meeting with government officials amid rising covid cases in the national capital and said that there is no plan for a lockdown in Delhi.

Addressing a presser, the Chief Minister said, "In the last few days, COVID-19 cases in Delhi have been rising. 3,583 new cases have been reported in Delhi in the last 24 hours. This rise in cases now is the fourth wave. We are taking all possible measures, there is no need to worry."

If there will be any need for the lockdown, then first it will be discussed with the people and then only a decision will be taken. We are focusing on the COVID19 vaccination, 71,000 vaccinations were done in Delhi on April 1, Kejriwal mentioned.

The Centre should allow states to vaccinate everyone on war footing. Need to involve non-healthcare facilities in inoculation drive, he added.

On Thursday, Delhi recorded 2,790 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest daily count this year while nine more people died due to the coronavirus infection, taking the death toll to 11,036, according to the city health department.

The positivity rate also mounted to 3.57 per cent amid a massive surge in cases in the span of the last few weeks.

Delhi had reported 1,819 coronavirus cases on Wednesday with a positivity rate of 2.71 per cent, while 11 more people succumbed to the infection.

The number of cumulative cases on Thursday stood at 6,65,220. Over 6.43 lakh patients have recovered from the virus. The city had recorded 992 cases on Tuesday, 1,904 cases on Monday and 1,881 cases on Sunday.

It had reported 1,558 cases on Saturday, 1,534 cases on Friday, 1,515 cases last Thursday, 1,254 cases a day before that and 1,101 cases last Tuesday, when it had crossed the 1,000-mark for the first time since December 24. On December 8, last year, the city had recorded 3,188 cases and 2,706 on December 6.

According to the latest bulletin, nine more people died due to the disease, taking the toll to 11,036, it said. The number of active cases rose to 10,498 from 8,838 a day before.

A total of 78,073 tests, including 47,026 RT-PCR tests and 31,047 rapid antigen tests, were conducted a day ago, the bulletin said. 

(With inputs from PTI)

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