CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal announces weekend curfew in Delhi, many important decisions announced in the wake of Corona surge in Delhi


  • Malls, gyms, spas, and auditoriums will be closed. Cinema halls will run at 30% capacity: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • Weekly markets will be allowed at one weekly market per-day-per-zone format. We will also monitor crowds at weekly markets; markets and public places, etc. will see a stricter implementation of COVID norms.: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • Dining at restaurants will no longer be allowed, one can avail of the home delivery and takeaway method for now. Markets and public places will see stricter implementation of COVID norms: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • Weekend curfew passes will be made available to people working in the essential services, those going to the airports, railway stations, or whose marriages that have been planned, and arrangements have been made months in advance: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • It is my humble appeal, please do not insist on getting admitted to a particular hospital; beds will be made available in other facilities if required; Delhi has more than 5000 beds vacant: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • We have decided to opt for these measures keeping in mind the safety of the people: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • I hope that by following these guidelines and working together, we will be able to overcome and defeat the fourth wave of Corona as well: CM Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced some important decisions to curb the spread of Corona infection in Delhi, in the wake of the fourth wave of the virus. He announced that weekend curfew will be implemented in Delhi, along with a closure of malls, gyms, swimming pools, and auditoriums. The cinema halls will function at 30% capacity and the restaurants will not be allowed to cater to dining – only home delivery and takeaways will be allowed. Weekly markets will be allowed at one weekly market per-day-per-zone format. The Delhi government will also monitor crowds at weekly markets, and the markets and public places will see stricter implementation of COVID norms. He appealed to the people of Delhi to not insist on getting admitted to a particular hospital; beds will be made available in other facilities if required as Delhi has more than 5000 beds vacant.
Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal, while addressing a press conference today said, “Corona cases are rising in Delhi. There is a sudden surge, but the hospital management in Delhi is under control. There is no dearth of beds in Delhi, as more than 5000 beds are available In the context of the rising coronavirus cases, what is important is that a patient requiring a hospital bed gets one. Whether they are allotted a bed in a government hospital or a private hospital, whether within government and private they are allotted in a hospital as opposed to the one they prefer, it should not matter. Our aim is to provide a bed in the hospital to every patient who requires it. It is my humble appeal that you get admitted to the hospital that is made available to you. Additionally, it is my request, especially to the Media persons, please don’t spread false information that beds in Delhi are over. This is not true. There might be a possibility that in certain hospitals the beds are over, however, there are still more than 5000 beds vacant in Delhi. I have had many official meetings since the morning and we are constantly working towards increasing the number of oxygen beds available.”
He said, “Even then, the coronavirus cases are increasing by huge numbers. Keeping this in mind, the Delhi government has taken some important decisions today. We met with the Lieutenant Governor and have unanimously decided to put a ‘Weekend Lockdown’ in place. Our understanding is that people need to travel during weekdays for work and other essential activities, however, weekends are usually reserved for leisure and entertainment activities – activities that in the given situation can be curtailed and restricted. Keeping in mind the essential nature of work and jobs done during weekdays, we have decided to opt for this and people should not think of it as an inconvenience for them. It is in fact for their own safety. We need to break the corona chain.”
“Even on the weekend, we understand that there might be important travel that one needs to undertake, for instance, people working in the essential services, people going to the airports, railway stations, marriages that have been planned and arrangements made months in advance. We understand your needs and for this, we will be making curfew passes and allowing movement. Those who require can apply and we will, in a prompt manner, ensure they are made available. Malls, gyms, spas, and auditoriums will be closed. Cinema halls will run at 30% capacity. Weekly markets will be allowed at one weekly market per-day-per-zone format. We will also monitor crowds at weekly markets and release guidelines pertaining to this as well. Dining at restaurants will no longer be allowed, one can avail of the home delivery and takeaway method for now. Markets, public places, etc. will see a stricter implementation of COVID norms,” he added.
CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, “We have been noticing a callous attitude in terms of wearing masks, observing social distancing, this is not good for your safety and security. We will be stricter in implementing these regulations once again. These restrictions are being put in place for you, your families, your health, your lives. We understand that these restrictions might be of inconvenience for you, but also hope that you understand the need for these restrictions in the present conditions and support the government. It is my humble appeal to the people of Delhi that they support us and follow the guidelines that have been laid down today. I hope that by following these guidelines and working together, we will be able to overcome and defeat the fourth wave of Corona as well.”

CM Arvind Kejriwal convenes review meeting on current Corona situation in Delhi, directs officials to ensure adequate health infrastructure for the treatment of patients


  • Our focus is increasing the bed capacity as much as possible, govt and private hospitals should aim towards linking more banquet halls and facilities, require time-bound preparation plan: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • Under the leadership of CM Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi government appeals to the Centre to increase the bed capacity by 2000 in the Central government hospitals
  • Hindu Rao and Swami Dayanand Hospital should be declared fully Covid, we will provide every assistance to them: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • No patient should be turned back from getting admitted to the hospitals, patients must be advised appropriate care based on their situation: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • All hospitals must be directed to provide real-time availability of beds on the Delhi govt app for the aid of the patients: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal directs the officials to prepare an action plan to ensure that there is no dearth and no stocking of Remdesivir injections at any facility

New Delhi: Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday convened a review meeting held today on the situation of Coronavirus in Delhi. Several steps taken by the Delhi government to improve the health infrastructure of Delhi were discussed, along with increasing the bed capacity and several other infrastructural requirements in Delhi.
CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said that the focus of the Delhi government is towards increasing the bed capacity, which will ensure adequate treatment for the people who require urgent assistance. He said that the government and private hospitals should aim towards taking over more facilities. It was suggested that a time-bound preparation plan should be prepared to monitor the increase and availability of beds.
In the meeting, CM Arvind Kejriwal also said that the two MCD hospitals – Hindu Rao and Swami Dayanand Hospital should be declared as fully COVID, which will lead to an increase of 900 beds for the treatment of patients in Delhi. “There should be full cooperation and no politics on the matter. Delhi government will provide every possible help to the MCD hospitals, including funds,” said the CM.
CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, “I came across a situation recently, where when an asymptomatic patient was turned back from admission to the hospital, the patient created a ruckus. This situation should never happen. We must issue an order to allow directing the patients to our COVID Care Centres (CCCs), to make the patient feel safe and in the care of the doctors. More and more patients should be shifted to these centres to cater to very critical patients in the hospitals.”

CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, “Secondly, all the helpline numbers of the hospitals, which are also mentioned on our app, should remain fully functional. The hospitals must be directed to make people available 24×7 for providing assistance through the helpline numbers. Thirdly, all the hospitals must be directed to ensure an adequate flow of information on the real-time availability of beds. This data should be updated every day.”
In the meeting, special focus was laid on the three-tier arrangement of health infrastructure in Delhi, of which first is home isolation, second is Covid Care Centres, and third is an increase in beds and facilities in hospitals in Delhi.
Additionally, the Delhi government has requested the Centre to increase and make 2700 beds from Central government hospitals available for the treatment of Coronavirus patients. Currently, around 15048 beds have been made available as COVID beds, of which more than 5000 beds are empty. The availability of 2700 beds will further increase the COVID bed capacity in Delhi to around 20000.
There has been a dearth of Remdesivir injections in Delhi. It is expected that 18000 injections will be made available in Delhi by April 18. However, realizing the gravity of the situation, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal directed the officials to prepare an action plan to ensure that there is no dearth and no stocking of injections at any facility in Delhi. Along with this, the current number of ambulances available with the Delhi government is 629, and the current response time is 14 minutes, with no refusals recorded.
All linkages to the hospitals in Delhi, such as banquets and hotels are fully functional to provide services and treatment to Corona infected patients. If the labs where the tests are being conducted are facing issues, the sample size must be reduced to enable them to issue results within 24 hours. The health officials also apprised the CM that vaccine stock is available for the next 6-7 days.

Covid-appropriate behaviour is indispensable to our fight against covid-19. This includes wearing masks, maintaining proper hygiene, and being socially distanced. Any complacency in this regard is detrimental to us: Satyendar Jain


  • Coronavirus cases are increasing rapidly in the entire country including Delhi, and the pace of spread of the virus does not seem to be slowing down: Satyendar Jain
  • The Kejriwal-led government is continuously increasing the designated beds, which have been increased from 6 thousand to 13 thousand, and more beds are being coonsistemtly increased: Satyendar Jain
  • Corona patients should be admitted to the hospital only at the advice of the doctor, people who are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic should avoid hospitalization: Satyendar Jain
  • People can check the number of beds on the Delhi Corona app before going to the hospital, and may also take help of the helpline number to do so: Satyendar Jain
  • We are working closely with the Central Government, the Center has been requested to increase the Covid designated beds in hospitals: Satyendar Jain
  • If non-sick people occupy beds, no space will be left for the severely sick. Go to the hospital in case of dire need: Satyendar Jain
  • Despite the steady increase in cases, the fatality rate has substantially reduced. In November 2020 it was between 2-3%, but has now dropped down to less than 0.5%: Satyendar Jain
  • Delhi is conducting more than twice the tests being conducted in any city. More than 1 lakh tests are being carried out, from which 70% is RT-PCR – Satyendar Jain
  • This is a time of crisis and everyone has to come together to defeat the virus. Wear a mask, and avoid unnecessary movement- Satyendar Jain

NEW DELHI: Delhi Health Minister, Shri Satyendar Jain on Wednesday stated that covid-appropriate behaviour is indispensable to our fight against covid-19. This includes wearing masks, maintaining proper hygiene, and being socially distanced. Any complacency in this regard can prove to be detrimental. He stated that despite the steady increase in cases, the fatality rate has reduced substantially. When compared with last year in November, the fatality rate was somewhere between 2-3%, however, currently, the rate is less than 0.5%. The Kejriwal-led government is continuously increasing the designated beds, which have been increased from 6 thousand to 13 thousand, and more beds are being consistently increased. Shri Jain further mentioned that there hasn’t been any shortage of ventilators in hospitals. Delhi has consistently been conducting more than 1 lakh tests and its testing capacity is more than twice the number of tests being conducted in any city. More than 1 lakh tests are being carried out from which 70% is RT-PCR.
Shri. Jain took cognisance of the concerns on availability of beds and stated, “90% of people have recovered through home isolation in the past. Upon testing positive, people shouldn’t rush towards getting hospitalised. Fever, or any other mild symptom can be treated through home isolation. Until the time one is not advised by the doctor for hospitalisation, they must refrain from going to the hospitals. In case mildly symptomatic or asymptomatic patients rush to the hospitals, the ones who have been advised and are facing severe symptoms might face some problems in accessing the beds”. He stressed that there was a need to avoid unnecessary movements for sometime, and follow covid-appropriate behaviour, to fight this virus collectively. The easiest way to stop the virus is to wear a mask as it will help in containing the outbreak extensively. Shri Jain mentioned that those who have been vaccinated must not show any form of negligence, and must follow covid-appropriate behaviour.
Delhi saw 13,468 positive cases. More than 1,02,a000 tests were conducted and the positivity rate was 13.14%
Shri. Jain said, “According to the report, India saw 1,85,000 cases, which have surpassed the last peak of 99,000. In Delhi, as well as the country, the cases are steadily increasing. The trend has not slowed down yet, as the last time, wherein the number went down with each passing day. I appeal to all, that please step out only when needed and follow all covid appropriate behaviour. Please wear a mask when stepping out.”
Responding to questions surrounding the doubling rate of cases, the Minister said, “Since the past few weeks, cases are doubling in Delhi as well as the country. The cases are 13,468. Last year in November the fatality rate was somewhere between 2-3%. It is saddening because there shouldn’t be a single fatality. However, currently, the rate is less than 0.5%.”
Shri Jain added, “In the Delhi Govt app, the total bed count was 6000 one week ago. Now, the count is more than 13000. Orders have been given to escalate the beds. We are increasingly adding more beds. I can assure you that the number of beds in Delhi is double that of any state.”
Clarifying the queries surrounding ventilators, Shri. Jain said, “In the initial times when covid was encountered, ventilators were considered as a primary health tool. But the truth is that a ventilator is the last resort. There are many levels before that, namely medication, home isolation, administering oxygen, HFNO, Bi-pap, etc. There are a number of ventilator beds and if there’s a patient occupying it, then it is shown as engaged in the app. But there is no shortage of ventilators.”
On being questioned about the authenticity of the data on the app, The Hon’ble Minister said, “A close watch on the updation of numbers is being maintained. The data is at least revised twice on a daily basis on the app. It has been observed that Lok Nayak Hospital is hospitalising 70-80 new patients daily. Rajeev Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital has also admitted 70 new patients in one night. That data, therefore, is updated the next day. I urge everyone to check the app, and contact the hospitals before rushing towards them. The contact details of each hospital is available on the app.”
“During the last peak, 4100 beds were available with the central government. Today the count is 1100. We have requested them to increase the beds and discussions are being held daily. The surge has been unprecedented, and the Delhi Government has ramped up the infrastructure in the hospitals. I’m sure they will too. They have not refused to do so, and are working towards it.” commented Shri. Jain.
Shri Jain added, “Covid care centres of the Delhi Government has 5525 beds out of which only 286 are occupied as of yet, directly implying that less than 5% are occupied and 95% are vacant. No city has done tests as much as the Kejriwal-led government has conducted. Delhi is consistently conducting more than 1 lakh tests. Yesterday also, 1,02,000 tests were conducted. Delhi is conducting more than twice as the tests being conducted in any city. More than 1 lakh tests are being carried out from which 70% are RT-PCR tests.”
Reiterating the fact that people who have a mild infection should refrain from being hospitalised, the Hon’ble Minister said, “In case one catches a fever, I urge them to not panic. If one is tested positive, and has mild symptoms, they shouldn’t rush towards getting hospitalised. Till the time they are not advised by a doctor, or have severe symptoms, they should refrain from admission to the hospitals. If non-sick people occupy beds, no space will be left for the severely sick. I appeal to you all to only go to the Hospital when you feel the need.”
Responding to the query surrounding the delay in reports of testing, Shri. Jain said, “There are two kinds of testing, Rapid Antigen test, which can give results in 30 mins. If a person tests negative in this but is symptomatic, he is then recommended for an RT-PCR test. Most reports are being made available in 24 hours. In case there are any complaints, they will be resolved very soon.”
“This is a time of crisis and everyone has to come together to defeat the virus. Any unnecessary movement like going for celebrations or gatherings, must be avoided. I urge everyone to go out of their homes only when it is needed. Even if a healthy person contracts the virus, or is asymptomatic, they must not forget that they can be carriers of the virus to their families and friends, who might be highly vulnerable to the virus. Moreover, following covid appropriate behaviour is imperative to fight this virus. The most effective way to be protected from the virus is by wearing a mask. The easiest way to contain the virus from spreading is to wear a mask. Even those who have been vaccinated should wear a mask and follow precautions, and shouldn’t show any negligence in this regard.” clarified Shri. Jain on lockdown rumours.