CM Arvind Kejriwal announces Rs. 1 crore compensation for kin of all officials who lose their lives to Corona

  • Slight decrease in number of COVID-19 cases in Delhi in last 3 days: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • 2274 samples were tested yesterday, out of which 67 cases tested positive: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • At least 26 members of a family have tested positive for the coronavirus in Jahangirpuri within a containment zone as they did not follow social distancing orders: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • 3.5 lakh non-PDS card holders have received free ration: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • We have till now received nearly 1 lakh applications from drivers of public service vehicles; they have started getting the Rs 5,000 financial assistance: CM Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: Chief Minister Mr Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said that there had been a slight decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases in Delhi in the last three days and hoped that it would reduce further in the coming days. Addressing an online media briefing on the coronavirus outbreak, Mr Kejriwal said that out of 2,274 samples tested, only 67 people tested positive for the novel virus on Friday. A few days earlier, the daily tally of infections ranged between 180 and 350. The chief minister also appealed to people living in containment areas to follow rules and don’t step out of their homes. The CM also announced a compensation of Rs 1 crore to the family of those “Corona Warriors” who lose their lives while attending to the patients of COVID-19.

Addressing a digital press conference, CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “In the last 2-3 days, the number of coronavirus cases in Delhi has been coming down. Earlier there was a sudden spike in the number of cases in Delhi. One day over 150 cases were reported, one day more than 180 cases were reported and one day the number of cases crossed 300. Everybody was scared looking at that spike but right now the number of cases have started coming down and I hope that in the coming days the number of cases will go down more. Yesterday there were 66 positive cases in Delhi. Yesterday we tested 2274 samples and out of which 66 cases were positive this shows that the spread of COVID-19 in Delhi is going down.”

“We have created various containment zones in Delhi. Right now we have 71 containment zones in Delhi. In these containment zones, nobody can go inside or come outside. The government officials take care of all the needs of essential services for the people. We are restricting the entry and exit of these areas but my appeal to all that people within these containment zones should not visit each other’s house or come out of their own house. I am worried because people within some containment zones or not properly following the guidelines of social distance. In Jahangirpuri within a containment zone, 26 people related to one family have found to be positive. This means that they have not followed the orders of social distancing and visited each other’s houses. My appeal to all that you should not be in this illusion that you will not be affected by COVID-19 because the source of the virus is difficult to find out. This virus is above any religion, caste, gender and it can happen to anyone and everybody has the same kind of vulnerability towards Coronavirus infection,” added the CM.

CM Arvind Kejriwal said that the Delhi government had earlier decided that the families of healthcare personnel will get rupees one crore in case they die while dealing with coronavirus cases. “Today, we have decided that this scheme will be extended. Today we have decided that if any doctor, nurse, a sanitation worker of any hospital, lab technician contracts the infection and dies due to it, while attending to the patients of COVID-19, then Delhi govt will give a compensation of Rs 1 Crore to their family. There are other people too who are looking after Corona patients-Police, Civil Defence volunteers, teachers. If anyone contracts Coronavirus and dies due to it, while looking after Corona patients, then it will be extended to all such people. Their families will be given Rs 1 crore,” announced the CM.

CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “Today I received a call from an auto driver who was very emotional and he told me that he has received Rs.5000 from the Delhi government. He told me that no other state government has looked after the needs of the drivers except Delhi. I want to tell everyone that I am not doing any favour to anyone by giving such financial assistance. This is the money of the public and I am giving their money to them because right now they really need it. The Delhi government decided to give Rs.5000 financial assistance to the drivers of auto, a rickshaw, other such vehicles. We have till now received nearly 1 lakh applications and from yesterday the transfer of money has been started. The application process is still on and it will continue. We are checking every application as fast as possible and providing them with financial assistance.”

CM Arvind Kejriwal said that 60 sanitisation machines are operating in Delhi and many areas are being sanitised. “The sanitisation drive is on and we will cover the entire city and if you want that sanitisation of your area is needed then you can approach the government and we will take care of it immediately,” he added.

CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “In Delhi, around 71 lakh ration card holders have received a free ration of 7.5 kg. But there are also people who do not have ration cards so we open an online application procedure for such people. Till date, we have received 31 lakh applications and nearly 3.5 lakh people have already received the ration. We are distributing free ration through the schools and all the applicants will get ration.”

“Many people of our party and other political parties along with various NGOs and volunteers are working relentlessly for the people who need assistance. I am overwhelmed to see such response and I want to thank everyone who is doing such great work and I want to remind them that this is real patriotism. The Delhi government and I am also working 24×7 to provide the best assistance to the people of Delhi in this tough time. I want to tell you that anyone who wants to reach out to me can reach out and we will try our best to resolve the issue as early as possible,” added the CM.