Delhi Reports Over 13,500 Covid Cases, Highest Daily Surge

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Health worker wearing PPE suit collect swab sample for Covid-19 testing at South MCD Dispensary Jangpura in New Delhi on Tuesday. — IANS

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged the Centre to cancel the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) examinations amid a continued rise in the number of fresh Covid-19 cases in the national capital.

NEW DELHI — Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced that the national capital registered more than 13,500 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the highest ever single-day spike since the onset of the pandemic early last year.

The new figure comes as city has continued to witness an unabated resurgence of new cases in the last few weeks.

According to the Delhi government, last time highest daily spike was 8,500 registered on November 11, 2020.

“Delhi has fought against three waves of Covid-19 in the last one year but this fourth wave is more critical. I would appeal to all citizens to follow Covid protocols. I would also request private hospitals to cooperate with the Delhi government in this emergency situation and to increase their bed capacity for Covid-19 patients,” the Chief Minister said while addressing a press conference.

On Monday, Delhi reported 11,491 new cases, while there were 10,774 fresh infections on Sunday, the first time the city’s daily tally crossed the 10,000 mark.

On April 9, a total of 8,521 new cases were reported.

On Monday, the Delhi government said that over 5,000 beds have been increased in all government-run hospitals.

The Chief Minister also said that due to surge in Covid-19 cases in the city, Delhi government hospitals have been directed to conduct emergency surgeries only and to cancel planned surgeries for the next two to three months.

“Planed surgeries are in high number while emergency surgeries are usually less. Therefore, hospital authorities have been directed to admit non-covid patients only if it is an emergency case.”

The government has converted at least 14 big private hospitals into Covid-19 facilities and the hospital authorities have been directed not to admit non-Covid patients.

Centre urged to cancel CBSE exams

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday urged the Centre to cancel the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) examinations amid a continued rise in the number of fresh Covid-19 cases in the national capital.

“There would be around six lakh students and around one lakh teachers who will come to the exam centers and in turn, these centres may turn into new Covid-19 hotspots. This fourth wave of the pandemic in Delhi is very critical and it is also affecting the youth and children. I would request the Centre to cancel the CESE exams,” he said while addressing a press conference.

“We have seen that in past few days several countries have cancelled exams. Even in India many states have called board exams.

“We can find some other alternatives for assessment of students’ performances to declare their results,” he added.

Kejriwal also said that the present Covid-19 situation in the capital city is critical as there were over 10,000 single-day cases being registered for the last few days, and therefore more dedicated beds would be required in the coming days.

“The Delhi government would convert schools into Covid care centres to increase the number of beds,” he added.

— IANS

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