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Covid-19: Lockdown extended in Delhi by one more week, says Kejriwal

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on May 01, 2021

Arvind Kejriwal

Vaccination for 18-44 years to begin from Monday

Delhi Government will extend the ongoing lockdown in the city by one more week beyond May 3, Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister, has said. 

“Lockdown in Delhi is being extended by one week”, Kejriwal tweeted on Saturday evening. 

It may be recalled that Delhi had initially gone in for a six-day curfew (loosely called lockdown) till April 26, and this was extended by a week to May 3. Now, this is being further extended by one more week to May 10, according to Kejriwal. 

Meanwhile, Kejriwal on Saturday said that the Delhi government would commence from Monday Covid vaccination of people between 18-44 years.

“We have already got 4.5 lakh doses. We are distributing it in various districts. We will start vaccination in a big scale from Monday morning”, Kejriwal said after launching the vaccination drive in a “symbolic way” from a vaccination centre at a polyclinic in Saraswati Vihar in the capital on Saturday.

Kejriwal requested people to take online appointments and register themselves before coming to the vaccination centres. “ Please don’t line up at vaccination centres without appointment and registration”, he said.

Delhi government has already given orders to procure 1.34 crore doses — 67 lakh each from the two vaccine makers (Serum Institute of India (Covishield) and Bharat Biotech (Covaxin)). 

Kejriwal had recently expressed confidence that Delhi would be able to vaccinate the entire set of people between 18-44years in three months.

Oxygen shortage

Meanwhile, Kejriwal on Saturday said that Delhi hospitals are still faced with an acute shortage of medical oxygen, and many of them are sending SOS to him. “Several hospitals have today me that they may have to remove patients. Delhi needs oxygen. I request all decision-makers to help Delhi out in this challenging situation.

He said that the situation is difficult as Delhi is not getting the allotted daily quota of 490 tonnes. As against the requirement of 976 tonnes per day, Delhi got 312 tonnes on Friday, he said. If oxygen requirements are met, then 9000 additional oxygenated beds can come up in 24 hours, but there is no oxygen, he added.

 

Published on May 01, 2021

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