- Delhi reports 13,500 cases of COVID-19 in a day, highest the national capital has seen so far
- Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has urged central government to cancel the board exams
- At the peak of third Covid wave in November, Delhi had seen the biggest single-day surge of 8,500 cases
As the national capital sees 13,500 fresh cases of COVID-19 – the highest single-day spike so far – has taken Delhi’s caseload to 7,36,788 total infections, said the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, today as he urged the central government to cancel the CBSE board exams.
This is the third consecutive day that Delhi witnessed a record spike in Covid infections.
In a video address this afternoon, CM Kejriwal said, “In the last 24 hours, the city saw a surge of 13,500 fresh Covid cases. At the peak of third Covid wave in November, Delhi had seen the biggest single-day surge of 8,500 cases.”
“The fourth wave, as we all know, is much more dangerous. Youth and children are getting affected amid the fourth wave”.
He added, “I urge all of you to step out of homes only if absolutely necessary,” as he urged all those above 45 years of age to get vaccinated.
On the topic of CBSE Board Exams, the Chief Minister made an appeal to the central government, “Six lakh students in the city will appear for board exams. 1 lakh teachers will be on duty. Conducting board exams can lead to largescale spread of coronavirus… alternative methods of assessment can be explored. Students can be promoted on basis of either online exams or internal assessment. The board exams should be cancelled”.
The surge in cases across the Indian borders is alarming and has led to demands by several political leaders and parents’ bodies to cancel the board exams.
On Sunday, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, senior Congress leader, wrote to the Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal to re-think holding the exams.
In the last 24 hours, India has reported 1.61 lakh fresh cases taking the total tally to 1.36 crore cases. On Monday, the country recorded 1.68 lakh Covid cases in a day which was the the biggest-ever surge in a day.
Delhi, too, is trying its best to contain the spread of this virus. On Sunday, the city reported more than 10,000 cases and on Monday, the national capital reported over 11,000 cases of COVID-19.
Amidst an alarming surge, the AAP government, on Monday, said that 14 private hospitals in the national capital have been made “full COVID-19” hospitals and further asked them not to admit patients other than those infected with the coronavirus.
On Tuesday, CM Kejriwal said, “I urge everyone to cooperate in this regard”.
As per the order, 82 private hospitals have been asked to reserve 60% of their ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds for COVID-19 patients.
CM Kejriwal said today, “Also, we are requesting doctors and patients to ensure treatment at homes for those having less severe symptoms. Please heed the doctors’ advise in this regard.”
The national capital has been recording a huge spike in the demand for oxygen cylinders as the cases of COVID-19 skyrockets. As per experts, the national capital’s COVID graph has been uncomfortable to look at as it shows similarities to that of Mumbai, where oxygen cylinders are in such short supply that the state is forced to ask its neighbours for aid.