New Delhi, April 19
Battling a punishing fourth wave of the COVID pandemic, New Delhi is all set to go under a six-day lockdown starting 10 pm tonight until 5 am on April 26, Monday, after chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the decision today.
Urging cooperation of locals, the CM said the lockdown had become necessary to prevent a situation where people started dying on the roads or in hospital corridors.
“We cannot have people dying on the roads,” a visibly shaken Chief Minister said, noting that New Delhi had successfully faced the first three waves and the severe third wave in which cases peaked to 8,500 a day.
The CM said the six-day lockdown span would be used to prepare the health system, augment hospital bed capacity, arrange medical oxygen supplies and medicines including Remdesivir, which are all in critically short supply.