During the day, Kejriwal visited the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital (LNJP) to assess the Covid-19 preparations.
Even as Covid-19 cases continued to rise exponentially over the past few days in the wake of the emergence of the highly transmissible Omicron variant, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal assured citizens of the national capital that no lockdown would be imposed.
During the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) meeting on Monday, Kejriwal said he asked Central government officials to extend the restrictions to the entire National Capital Region (NCR).
“In the last few days, about 22,000 Covid-19 cases with a positivity rate of 24-25 percent…
Don’t worry, we’re not going to put you on lockdown…
“At the DDMA meeting, we requested that Central government officials cover the entire NCR for restrictions, and they assured us that they would,” Kejriwal said, according to news agency ANI.
During the day, Kejriwal visited the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital (LNJP) to assess the Covid-19 preparations. “It is the best hospital in the country. It has so far treated over 22,000 patients “Later, he stated. “Delhi has the capacity to set up 37,000 beds with 11,000 ICU beds,” the chief minister added.
Unlike the second wave, which was caused by the Delta variant, most cases of coronavirus during the third wave have mild symptoms, he said, adding that the Omicron variant of Covid-19 is less virulent but highly contagious.
In the meantime, the DDMA ordered restaurants and bars to close on Tuesday, and private offices, except those providing essential services, to switch to work from home (WFH) mode due to a massive increase in Covid-19 cases.
The order was issued as the Capital’s positivity rate climbed to 25% after 19,166 new Covid-19 cases were reported on Monday, down from 22,751 on Sunday.
This decrease was most likely due to lower testing on Sundays and holidays.