Senin, 19 April 2021

COVID-19 surges in Indian capital New Delhi with 30pc returning positive tests - ABC News

Fewer than 100 critical care beds are available in New Delhi, a city of more than 20 million people, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said, as social media is flooded with complaints about lack of beds, oxygen cylinders and drugs in the Indian capital.

In a separate statement, the city government said it had informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government about "the dire need of beds and oxygen" and that beds were now being set up in schools.

Mr Kejriwal also claimed New Delhi's oxygen supply quota had been cut to be diverted to other states.


New Delhi, which has imposed a weekend curfew, is among the worst hit cities in India, where a second major wave of coronavirus infections is straining health infrastructure.

Nationwide, India reported 261,500 new cases on Sunday, taking the total number of cases to nearly 14.8 million, second only to the United States, which has reported more than 31 million infections.

The country's deaths from COVID-19 rose by a record 1,501 to reach a total of 177,150.

Over the last week, Twitter in India has been awash with requests for help across the country as several states face shortages of critical supplies.





Prime Minister under fire

As cases rise across India, criticism is mounting over how Mr Modi's administration has handled the health crisis, with religious festivals and election rallies attended by thousands allowed to continue.

India's government relaxed almost all lockdown curbs of last year by the beginning of 2021, although some regions including New Delhi and the state of Maharashtra, home to financial hub Mumbai, have introduced localised restrictions.

While Mumbai remains under curfew on all days as per state guidelines, New Delhi has allowed cinema halls to operate at 30 per cent capacity and people to move freely during weekdays.

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Graveyards and crematoriums fill up with bodies as COVID-19 surges in the Indian capital.(

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"[The] situation is unmanageable at present," he said on Twitter.

Amid reports of severe shortage of oxygen supplies and critical medicines such as the anti-viral drug Remdesivir, Mr Modi on Saturday asked authorities to pull out all stops to ramp up production of COVID-19 vaccines.

But opposition parties, including the Congress party, criticised Mr Modi for addressing large election rallies to help his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) win the state assembly election in the eastern state of West Bengal.

Addressing a large gathering of his supporters in West Bengal on Saturday, Mr Modi said: "I can see a sea of masses. I haven't seen a rally like this."

Doctors treat COVID-19 patients in a New Delhi hospital, April 15, 2021.
A doctor treats COVID-19 patients at a New Delhi hospital amidst the spread of the disease.(

Reuters: Danish Siddiqui


The Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party, which is in power in New Delhi, mocked Mr Modi's political rallies by posting pictures on social media of funeral pyres at overburdened crematoriums of the city.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi — who has also addressed election rallies in recent weeks — said on Sunday he was suspending all his public rallies in West Bengal.

Amit Shah, the government's interior minister and Mr Modi's close aide, addressed an election rally in the state on Sunday which was attended by thousands of people, few of whom followed social distancing norms, according to a video on his Twitter account.

Adding to the crisis, at least five coronavirus patients died in a hospital fire late on Saturday in Raipur, the capital of the central state of Chhattisgarh.


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2021-04-19 02:43:22Z

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