Delhi’s immunisation officer Suresh Seth has said the city can be vaccinated within a month once vaccination begins. It has enough infrastructure to cover the entire population in a month if hospital staff and nurses are roped in, the officer said. And the infrastructure is adequate to vaccinate all healthcare professionals in just three days, he said. With cases growing by the day and the Delhi High Court calling the situation alarming, the Delhi government has come under increasing pressure to crack down on the spreading infections.
The Arvind Kejriwal government had told the court that it is examining the idea of night curfews to deter people from moving about. While the call is yet to be taken on night curfews, the government is firming up other things ahead of the vaccination plan, an issue discussed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. Delhi’s Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital has been chosen as the first vaccine storage facility, reports said, adding it will be functional by mid-December.
Delhi is said to be under the grip of the third and the most deadly phase of Covid-19 with 2,300 Covid-19 deaths in less than a month, according to reports. With temperatures plummeting, the spread of the virus has also increased manifold, experts said. The Union government has desisted from declaring a third wave countrywide while Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain has said that the ground-level evidence points to a third wave.
In the last 24 hours, the capital recorded 5,475 cases with 91 deaths. So far, Delhi has recorded the total 551,262 cases include 38,734 active cases, over 500,000 recoveries and 8,811 deaths, government’s health bulletin said. The number of deaths recorded in Delhi is highest across the country in the last 24 hours, followed by Maharashtra (65), West Bengal (52).
The Union home ministry on Thursday issued fresh guidelines for states to contain the virus, especially within containment zones, starting December 1.