People who have applied for Ration card online can get their Ration from 421 schools from tomorrow: CM Arvind Kejriwal

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New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that the Delhi government will start providing ration to those who have applied for ration card online at 421 schools from Tuesday, with an initial capacity to provide ration to around 10 lakh people. He also said that the Delhi government has ordered 1 lakh testing kits to increase the testing capacity in Delhi to 1000 people per day. He also thanked the Union government for providing 27,000 PPE kits to Delhi, which he said is a great step towards ensuring the safety of doctors in the state.

Addressing the media through a digital conference, CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “There were 503 cases in Delhi yesterday, and with 20 new cases in the last 24 hours, there are a total of 523 cases in Delhi. Out of these 20 new cases, 10 are from Markaz and 10 are from other reasons. Out of the total 523 cases in Delhi, 330 cases are from Markaz, 61 cases have a history of international travel, 7 people have been confirmed dead with one new death in the last 24 hours. 25 people are in the ICU, 8 people are on ventilators, and the rest of the patients are in a stable condition.”

“In the last few days, it must have seemed like there has been a sudden rise in the COVID-19 positive cases in Delhi. One reason for that is the rise in the Markaz cases, which is evident since 330 out of 523 cases are from Markaz. The second reason is that now, we have started getting the testing kits and testing capacity has increased across Delhi in the last few days. We want maximum people to be tested to provide better treatment to the people infected by Corona,” he added.

CM Arvind Kejriwal said that more tests would ensure that infected people are identified, quarantined, and treated so that the virus does not get transmitted to other people. He said that through this, the state will be able to contain the outbreak of Corona this way and even developed nations, like South Korea, increased their testing capacity to contain the rising cases of Corona.

CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “Our testing capacity around 25th March was 100-125 people per day, which has increased to 500 people per day after 1st April, and is now reaching a capacity of 1000 tests per day. We have given the orders for 1 lakh testing kits, which are expected to be procured by Friday.”

“Yesterday, our HRCs served lunch to around 6,90,000 people and dinner to around 6,94,000 people. I want to assure you that we would not let anyone in Delhi suffer from hunger. I want to thank the people, NGOs and Civil Society Organisations who are distributing food packets in different areas in their capacity,” said the CM.

CM Arvind Kejriwal announced that around 10 lakh people will get 5 kg ration each at 421 schools starting Tuesday. 71 lakh beneficiaries are getting 7.5 kg free ration by the Delhi government. CM Kejriwal said, “The non-ration card holders will also start receiving ration from tomorrow, from 421 schools. Each person will receive 5 kg ration, 4 kg wheat and 1 kg rice. We have arranged ration for around 10 lakh people initially, and we will procure more from the Centre if needed.”

“I want to appeal to all MLAs, MPs, and councilors to ensure that the distribution places do not get crowded because it will defeat the purpose of social distancing. I also want to request the people to follow social distancing, I assure you that the Delhi government will provide ration to all,” he added.

CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “I also want to thank the Central government for allotting us 27,000 PPE kits. These kits should be delivered to us by tomorrow or the day after. This is a great step towards ensuring the safety of our doctors. The Delhi government, the Central government, and the people are collectively fighting the battle against Corona. I hope that we will overcome it very soon.”