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Lockdown in Delhi? CM Arvind Kejriwal likely to make BIG announcement today

Delhi under complete curfew from tonight till April 26

The Centre should reserve at least 7,000 of 10,000 beds in hospitals run by it in Delhi as COVID beds and ensure immediate supply of oxygen, he said.

The national capital had on Sunday, April 18, registered the highest spike in its daily coronavirus tally with 25,462 new cases, along with a positivity rate of around 30%, meaning one in three samples being tested in Delhi is turning out to be positive.

Delhi saw close to 25,500 cases on Sunday, according to the CM, and the health infrastructure is under enormous pressure as ICU beds and oxygen supply were running out. "We are constantly in touch with the Centre and getting help from it", he said. Of which, 1,800 beds are now reserved for Covid-19 patients.

The Delhi government has come up with 2,100 oxygen beds by attaching banquet halls and hotels to the hospitals.

"If it worsens we will take whatever steps are needed in the next few days to save your lives", he added, hinting at the possibility of extending the lockdown, which emptied the streets on Saturday.

The assurance of Delhi chief minister comes at a time when people are finding it hard to admit patients in hospitals, and taking to social media with cries of help. Also, to provide health services, the Army Central Command was also being contacted. "Harsh Vardhan and Union Home Minister Amit Shah in this regard on Sunday morning", he added.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh has directed DRDO to help set up the facility in his constituency.

He said his government has received complaints that some hospitals were denying beds to COVID-19 patients.

Earlier this week, it has also designated 14 big private hospitals as dedicated COVID-19 facilities.

A day ago, the national capital recorded 24,375 cases and 167 deaths due to coronavirus infection. In view of sharply increasing cases, Delhi needs much more than the normal supply.