Delhi logged more than 17,000 fresh cases of coronavirus — another record high since the pandemic reached the national capital last year — and almost double the 9925 cases recorded in financial capital Mumbai. The number of fatalities was 104 — the highest since November 30. Fifty-four people died in Mumbai.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will hold a series of meetings tomorrow — first with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and then with the Health Minister, Chief Secretary, Health Secretary and other top officials, sources said.
The second wave of Covid has hit Delhi hard, with the city logging more than 10,000 cases a day since Sunday. On Tuesday, the city recorded 13,500 fresh Covid cases over a 24-hour period, taking the total to 7,36,788.
Delhi has already taken measures to expand medical facilities to deal with a crisis. Today the government attached banquet halls, schools and sports complexes to hospitals in a move that’s expected to provide an additional 875 beds. Private hospitals have already been told to set aside a chunk of beds for Covid patients.
Calling the ongoing Covid wave “far more dangerous” than anything the city has seen so far, Mr Kejriwal had announced a series of restrictions earlier this week.
Besides night curfew, the fresh restrictions include a ban on all gatherings — social, religious or political. The number of attendees at weddings was capped at 50. Only 20 people will be allowed at funerals. Restaurants, bars and cinemas will operate at 50 per cent of their seating capacity, the government said.
The Centre is committed to ensuring adequate availability of vaccines, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said this evening during a meeting on Covid with Governors and Lieutenant Governors.
The government has already given clearance to the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine and decided to fast-track emergency approval for eligible vaccines used in western nations and Japan.