Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the number of coronavirus cases and its positivity rate in the national capital saw a steady decrease after a third peak of 8,600 cases on November 10. Kejriwal has sought Modi’s intervention to get rid of air pollution caused due to stubble burning and additional 1,000 ICU beds from the Centre.
On Tuesday, PM Modi interacted with the chief ministers of eight states witnessing the surge in coronavirus cases via video conference to review the situation. The eight worst Covid-hit states included Maharashtra, Delhi, Kerala, West Bengal, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Haryana.
The high severity of the third wave of coronavirus is due to several factors, of which air pollution is important, said Kejriwal. Kejriwal asked for PM Modi’s help to get rid of air pollution caused by stubble burning in the adjoining states.
As a low cost solution to the problem, he urged the Centre to promote the bio-decomposer developed by agricultural institutes to dissolve the stubble generated by farms.
The state government failed to check the practice, which resulted in steep rise of stubble burning in the adjoining states. The air pollution saw a 44 percent rise in Delhi on November 1 due to farm fires, according to the data from the air quality monitor SAFAR.
The chief minister said that due to severe third wave, the city has seen deaths and hospitalisations rose sharply. He has sought an additional 1000 ICU beds for Covid-19 patients in government hospitals, in addition to 750 ICU beds that the Centre promised at the DRDO hospital.
Meanwhile, Delhi reported over 4,454 fresh coronavirus cases on Monday. The total number of coronavirus cases now stand at 5,34,317 while fatalities count over 8,500. In 12 days, it was the sixth time that the daily number of fatalities crossed the 100-mark in Delhi.