A day after announcing several new restrictions amid an alarming rise in coronavirus cases in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal requested the centre to remove age restrictions on vaccination and said that the surge in COVID-19 cases this time is “worse than what Delhi saw during the third peak.”
He also said that a full lockdown is not the solution to tackle the pandemic.
Delhi reported 7,897 new coronavirus cases and 39 deaths on Saturday, taking its overall tally to over 7.1 lakh.
The chief minister said the centre should open vaccination for all ages. “People below the age of 45 should also be vaccinated to break the cycle of the coronavirus,” he added.
“I have requested the centre many times regarding the removal of age restrictions on taking COVID-19 vaccine. The Delhi government is ready to conduct a door-to-door campaign to vaccinate people. 65 per cent of patients in Delhi are below” 45 years of age, Mr Kejriwal said.
He said certain restrictions have been put in place to curb the recent surge. “Don’t want to impose a full lockdown. I appeal to everyone to follow norms.”
Mr Kejriwal said his government is focusing on hospital management at present and asked people to head towards government hospitals instead of private ones. “Don’t run towards private hospitals… the beds are less there. Please go to government hospitals.”
“I salute paramedics and nurses… who have been working for over a year,” the chief minister said today.