COVID-19 Fury In Delhi As Capital City Records 7,546 Cases In The Last 24 Hours
The Arvind Kejriwal government struggles to bring the health crisis under control with stricter rules including a 2000 rupees fine, four-times the original amount of 500 rupees against non-mask wearers
After nine months of battling against the Coronavirus pandemic and seeing a drop in cases over time, Delhi is back to imposing stricter measures in the wake of a dangerous third wave of the health crisis ravaging through the capital city. The region recorded 7,546 cases on 19 November and 98 deaths within 24 hours. 40,373 people were tested on Thursday.
Masks have been made compulsory, even for private car commuters with a penalty of 2000 rupees against those who are caught without a face covering. This fine is four times the original amount of 500 rupees that had been imposed earlier. Random testing has been activated at the city’s Noida border where health workers are stationed to stop target groups like delivery boys and cab drivers to test them.
At the all-party meet convened by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal yesterday, major steps were set to bring the pandemic situation under control. Guests at wedding will be limited to 50 as against the earlier 200 allowed. The CM announced that Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Hospital has agreed to increase its ICU beds to 100 from 50. Apart from this, he also spoke about a commitment from Union Health Minister Amit Shah to arrange for around 750 COVID beds, of which 500 will be with ventilators. The Aam Aadmi Party chief also met with the capital’s Lieutenant Governor and raised concerns about people flouting rules of mask-wearing. Earlier in the week, the Delhi High Court had issued orders to the government to tighten rules for COVID19.
Meanwhile, the upcoming Chhatt Puja, which is a huge festival for the north Indian community will be restricted heavily. Devotees are prohibited from crowding around water bodies and have instead been urged to create a make-shift arrangement within their homes for this year.
In a related development, Ahmedabad in Gujarat has decided to impose a night curfew due to a sudden surge in the cases. Maharashtra will also operate in a vigilant manner in its containment zone.
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