NewDelhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today announced that the lockdown has been extended in the national capital till 5 am on May 3. The Delhi government had initially imposed a six-day lockdown on April 19, saying that Delhi's health system has reached its limits. Delhi recorded 24,103 coronavirus cases on Saturday.
While responding to the Delhi government's lawyer's statement in Delhi High Court that the Centre was supplying less than the promised 480 MT of oxygen, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for Centre, said, "Let's try and not be a cry baby. We're not fighting elections." The Delhi government's lawyer said the city got only 295 MT of oxygen on Friday.
Delhi government has started a portal that will be updated every two hours by oxygen manufacturers, suppliers and hospitals for the better management of oxygen supply, said Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. "The central and state teams are working together," CM added. The move comes amid oxygen shortage crisis at several hospitals of Delhi due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that the city's COVID-19 positivity rate has dropped to around 29%. "We saw during the lockdown that the positivity rate reached...36%," Kejriwal said. "I'm not saying that COVID-19 is towards its end in Delhi...It may rise or end but we pray to God that we are rid of coronavirus soon," he added.
Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik on Sunday announced that the state government will vaccinate all its citizens against coronavirus for free. The announcement comes days ahead of India opening the COVID-19 vaccination drive for all aged above 18 from May 1. Maharashtra is the worst-hit state in terms of coronavirus cases.
India on Sunday reported 2,767 deaths due to coronavirus, the biggest one-day jump since the pandemic began. Ten states/ UTs accounted for 80.23% of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (676), followed by Delhi (357). Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Karnataka also reported more than 200 coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours.
The Prime Minister's Office on Sunday said that the PM CARES Fund has given in-principle approval for allocation of funds for the installation of 551 dedicated pressure swing adsorption (PSA) medical oxygen generation plants in government hospitals in district headquarters across the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that these plants will be made functional as soon as possible.