Covid Creates Havoc As Higher Ever Infections Recorded In Delhi

New Delhi: The COVID situation in Delhi is “very serious” with 10,732 cases of infection reported in the last 24 hours, the highest since the pandemic began, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Sunday as he issued a stark warning — do not step out of homes unless it is urgent. “The fourth wave is more dangerous than the previous wave. The government is closely monitoring the situation,” he told a press conference here. In just a few weeks, Delhi has gone from near-normalcy — with less than 100 cases reported on a single day on February 16 — to an exploding pandemic, a grim reminder that the virus is continuing to extract its toll.

Kejriwal said the current fourth wave of the pandemic in the city is “very dangerous” and is spreading at such a rapid rate that it has left many people baffled. “Cases have escalated in a big way in the last 10-15 days. And, in the past 24 hours, the city has recorded 10,732 cases. The situation is very serious.” This is the highest single-day spike in Delhi since the outbreak of the pandemic. The previous highest ever single-day spike in Delhi — 8,593 cases — was reported on November 11, 2020.

That day, the city had recorded 131 COVID-19 deaths, the highest single-day fatality count till date. The CM said his government does not want to impose lockdown in Delhi but such a situation may arise if there is a rush to the hospitals and beds are unavailable for serious patients.

If your cooperation is received and situation of hospitals is under control, there will be no need to impose lockdown in Delhi. But, if beds in the hospitals fell short and are unavailable, then lockdown may have to be imposed,” he said.

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