New Delhi – A week-long citywide shutdown was organized in Delhi on Monday, as infections and deaths in India set new daily records and several local governments including the national capital reported lack of oxygen, beds and medicines.
India reported more than 272,000 cases and 1,619 deaths on Monday, as a second wave of coronavirus continued to spread across the country. The British and Indian governments announced on Monday that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson canceled a planned visit to the country next week due to worsening conditions. Britain also said that most people leaving from India in the last 10 days will be denied entry. Starting on friday.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the city to start at 10 am on Monday and end at 5 am on 26 April.
“Our health system has reached its limits,” he said. “We have almost no ICU beds left. We are facing a severe shortage of oxygen. “
All necessary services including grocery stores, pharmacies and food delivery will be allowed. The wedding ceremony will be attended by 50 people.
Kejriwal said, “If we don’t do the lockdown now, it can lead to a big tragedy.”
Also on Monday, a court in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh ordered a lockout-like ban in the cities of Prayagraj, Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur Nagar and Gorakhpur by 26 April. More than three workers will remain closed in those cities.
Last week, State Government of Maharashtra, Which includes the financial hub Mumbai, has banned public functions and ordered the closure of most businesses for the next few weeks, when there were a plethora of hospitals. Its chief minister is Appealed Prime Minister Narendra Modi used the oxygen cylinders of the Indian Air Force to meet the state’s demand.
The shortage has led to skirmishes between the opposition-led state governments and Mr. Modi’s government, which control the supply of badly needed medical oxygen and medicines.
Mr Modi and his top lieutenants have also come under pressure to gather thousands for political rallies, with almost no care for social disturbances at a time when coronavirus cases in the country are spiraling out of control.
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