Delhi’s borders will be sealed for a week due to rising Coronavirus cases; further decision on the opening of borders will be based on suggestions received from the public: CM Arvind Kejriwal
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New Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that the Delhi borders will be sealed for a week in the wake of rising Coronavirus cases in the city. To decide on whether the borders should be opened, CM Kejriwal has sought suggestions from the people through WhatsApp or email till Friday at 5 PM, through WhatsApp 8800007722, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call on 1031. Announcing the further relaxations in the Unlock 1.0 phase announced by the center, CM Arvind Kejriwal said that the barbershops and salons will open in Delhi. He also said that the movement for people will be restricted from 9 PM – 5 AM except for essential service providers.
The central government has sent its guidelines on the next phase of the lockdown beginning from today and the decisions of the Delhi government are based on the guidelines of the central government.
CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “The things announced earlier will remain open. Barber/salon shops will now remain open except spas. The Delhi government is also removing the restriction of only one passenger being allowed to travel in an auto-rickshaw, e-rickshaw, and phat-phat sewas. The central government has imposed a curfew from 9 PM to 5 AM, except on those who are in essential services, and the Delhi government will also implement the same. Based on the guidelines of the central government, the Delhi government is also removing the restrictions on not more than three passengers allowed in a four-wheeler, and not more than one passenger allowed on a two-wheeler.”
CM Arvind Kejriwal said that since there is no condition in the guidelines of the central government of shops being allowed to operate on an odd-even basis, the Delhi government has decided to lift this condition and now all shops will be allowed to operate in a market place. The Delhi government also announced the operation of the industries based on staggered timings on the guidelines of the central government, which have also been removed now.
“Until now, we have been able to do so much work in Delhi because of the support of the people and their trust in us. I have been faced with tough challenges at times and I did not have solutions to all these challenges, for which I went across to the people of Delhi for their suggestions and guidance on various matters. The guidance of the people made us implement many important decisions in Delhi. A few days back, I asked for suggestions on relaxations of the lockdown for which I received around 5 lakh suggestions from the people of Delhi,” added the CM.
CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “Today I am here to ask for your guidance on a very important question: Should the borders of Delhi be opened? There is an important aspect of this question. COVID+ve cases are rising in Delhi, which is a matter of worry but there is no need to panic. I say this because the AAP government has invested a lot in developing the healthcare infrastructure of Delhi in the last five years. We have opened new hospitals and new ICUs, installed new beds, opened many Mohalla Clinics, offered free treatment for the people. There has been holistic development of the health infrastructure in Delhi. Due to this holistic development, your Chief Minister can assure you that when the world is fighting for strengthening their healthcare systems against the Corona pandemic, the Delhi government is ready to provide adequate health facilities and a bed if you are ever infected by Corona.”
Two days back, the Delhi CM announced that there are 6600 beds for Corona treatment in the hospitals in Delhi, out of which 2100 are occupied. The number of beds will rise to 9500 beds by June 5. An app that will give all information on the availability of beds and ventilators in the hospitals in Delhi has been developed and will be launched tomorrow.
CM Arvind Kejriwal said that the decision to open Delhi borders can be challenging because of the large influx of people from across the country for medical treatment. He said, “People from all across the country come to Delhi for their medical treatment because, first, Delhi’s healthcare system is better than the healthcare system of any other state in the country. Second, the medical services in the government hospitals in Delhi are free of cost. People can avail free of cost treatment in the government hospitals even if the treatment costs Rs. 10 lakh. As soon as we open the borders, people from across the country will come to Delhi for better treatment. We have a capacity of 9500 beds for Corona treatment in Delhi hospitals as against 2300 patients today, but all the beds will be occupied in just 2-3 days if we have an influx of patients from across the country.”
“What should we do? Should Delhi borders be opened? Some people believe that the borders should be opened but medical treatment in the hospitals should only be given to the residents of Delhi. But how can we do that? Delhi is the national capital of the country and it belongs to all, even to people of Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Maharashtra. How can Delhi deny treatment to all these people now? Some people believe that this practice should be adopted only until Corona. We have various suggestions and we need your guidance on what should be done,” he added.
CM Kejriwal said, “Please send in your suggestions for the same, we will wait for your suggestions by Friday at 5 PM. You can WhatsApp your suggestions at 8800007722, or email at email@example.com. You can also record your suggestions on the number 1031.”
For the time being, he said, the Delhi government is sealing the borders of Delhi for one week. Essential services will remain functional and government officers can travel on their identity cards. “Based on the suggestions received from you, we will talk to experts and decide on our future course of action on the opening of borders,” added the CM.