Delhi recorded its highest every day Covid loss of life toll of 131 on Wednesday, taking the whole to 7,943 deaths. The overall variety of Covid circumstances within the capital crossed 5 lakhs and is presently at 5,03,084. On Wednesday, 7,486 new circumstances have been reported. The pandemic is on a giant surge in Delhi, which is now on high of the checklist of cities hit by Covid in India.
The image is evident. The Covid virus an infection is spreading quick among the many individuals of Delhi, with one lakh circumstances reported within the final 15 days.
The spurt in Covid circumstances has affected the well being infrastructure within the capital, with hospitals operating out of ICU beds. Ninety-two per cent of ICU beds will ventilator assist, and 87 per cent ICU beds with out ventilator assist are full. Kin of Covid sufferers are operating from one hospital to a different seeking ventilators. The general public sector endeavor Bharat Electronics is sending 250 ventilators from Bengaluru to Delhi on an emergency foundation, however this quantity appears to be inadequate.
The loss of life fee may be very excessive amongst individuals affected by diabetes and weight problems. In keeping with medical consultants, that is the third wave of Covid infections in Delhi, with the earlier two seen in June and September. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal visited LNJP and Guru Tegh Bahadur hospitals to evaluate the present state of affairs. He has promised a rise of 663 ICU beds within the subsequent few days, with the Centre assuring to offer 750 extra beds.
Indian Railways is changing rail coaches into an 800-bed Covid care-cum-isolation facility at Shakur Basti railway station. Delhi authorities goes to ramp up mass RT-PCR Covid testing to 60,000 every day by month-end. 45 medical doctors and 160 paramedics from central paramilitary forces have been flown in for deployment at DRDO hospital close to Delhi airport and on the 10,000-bed Covid care centre in Chhatarpur, South Delhi.
In my prime time present ‘Aaj Ki Baat’, I had been warning since Dussehra competition about large crowds of customers flocking to main Delhi markets, with not an inch of area left to even stand individually. On Wednesday, we once more confirmed visuals of big crowds at Sarojini Market in south Delhi, even after Diwali competition is over. The state of affairs is comparable in different main markets like Chandni Chowk, Gandhi Nagar, Sadar Bazar and Lajpat Nagar. Time has come to strictly implement Covid norms in any other case the state of affairs could go uncontrolled.
In crematoriums and cemeteries, the scenes are heart-rending. Three extra electrical crematoriums are arising at Delhi’s Nigam Bodh Ghat to deal with the inflow of our bodies of Covid victims. Cemeteries are quick operating out of area.
At a time when politicians of all hues ought to have joined fingers to combat the pandemic, we discover politics in full move over the problem of permitting Chhath Puja on the ghats of Yamuna river. On Wednesday, BJP MP Manoj Tiwari used the phrase ‘namak haraam’ in his tweet towards Arvind Kejriwal. Tiwari was questioning why Kejriwal celebrated Diwali with a crowd of his supporters at Akshardham temple and is now refusing to permit Chhath competition in public. In the identical tweet, he requested why Kejriwal govt has allowed round the clock bars and eating places in Delhi.
On Wednesday, the Delhi Excessive Court docket upheld the state authorities’s ban on public gatherings throughout Chhath competition, saying any such occasion “might flip into a brilliant spreader of the an infection”. The Excessive Court docket mentioned, “proper to life and well being of the general public at massive can’t be sacrificed on the altar of a proper to rejoice a competition.”
It’s no secret why the pandemic unfold swiftly in Delhi. There have been large crowds in markets for a number of consecutive days, however few individuals could have seen how individuals gathered at Diwali events, shook fingers, hugged each other and unintentionally unfold the virus. There have been household dinners and events, after which total households acquired the virus. The Delhi authorities was at its wits’ finish. How many individuals might be challaned for not carrying masks, when total crowds have been transferring round with out a single masks on. Had the markets been locked down, it might have affected enterprise and financial system. 1000’s of individuals turned up at railway stations and bus stands to go to their house states to rejoice Chhath Puja. Clearly, the Delhi authorities might neither anticipate nor management the crowds.
On Wednesday, I spoke to 5 high medical doctors from reputed Delhi hospitals. They described the Covid state of affairs in Delhi as “explosive, grave and life-threatening”. The medical doctors disclosed how they needed to telephone a number of hospitals to beg for an ICU mattress with a ventilator to avoid wasting their sufferers. A few of them revealed how their sufferers died whereas ready for ventilators. Even when the variety of ICU beds is elevated, medical doctors and paramedics are required to maintain sufferers mendacity on these beds in ICU. There’s a scarcity of medical doctors and well being care employees too.
Once I requested them about the way in which out of this disaster, the medical doctors mentioned, it’s the identical that we’ve been saying for the final eight months. Put on masks, preserve social distancing and often wash your fingers after returning house or after touching objects that enter your own home from exterior.
Concerning the ugly politics that is occurring in Delhi over the ban on Chhath Puja, I’ve this to say. There are 30 to 35 per cent individuals from Bihar and UP staying in Delhi. Out of 1.four crore voters, there are 40 lakh voters from UP, Purvanchal and Bihar. Many of the political events attempt their finest to articulate the grievances of this neighborhood. However given the current Covid disaster in Delhi, I really feel, political leaders shouldn’t insist on public gatherings to rejoice Chhath competition.
Carry out Chhath Puja at house. If one can carry out Diwali Puja at house, then one may also rejoice Chhath competition and supply prayers to Solar God. It’s not sensible to pull politics in issues referring to public well being and non secular religion. This is applicable not solely to Delhi but additionally to Mumbai, the place numerous individuals from UP and Bihar rejoice Chhath competition in public.
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