CM Arvind Kejriwal hits out at Centre for PPE Shortage

Delhi has seen a sudden spike in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases. In a press conference, Chief Minister, along with deputy CM, accused the Centre of not responding to the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in hospitals. Delhi has left with only 7000-8000 PPE kits that will last for another two to three days. He further stated – ‘the Central government announced emergency assistance worth Rs. 17,000 crore to all the state governments, but Delhi was not given a single penny’.

The administration of Delhi government hospitals has been trying their level best to procure PPE and consumables. However, the demand is higher than supply.

  • Due to the Nizamuddin Markaz incident, the number of positive cases for COVID-19 suddenly increased from 258 to 301. Out of around 2300 people evacuated from Markaz, 500 that showed corona symptoms. They have been admitted to hospitals, and 1800 are in quarantine centers.
  • CM assured citizens that the coronavirus cases in the capital city are under control. It still did not reach the community transmission stage.  

Delhi has become the third-highest affected state in India. Until now, six deaths recorded caused by corona infection. Most of them either were old or had some severe heart disease.

ICMR issues advisory on Rapid Tests: The Indian Council of Medical Research also issued an advisory to the state government. It announced rapid antibody-based blood tests for novel coronavirus patients. The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of the National Task Force held on Thursday.

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