Mumbai: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that the extreme severity of the third wave of COVID-19 in the national capital is pollution due to many factors.
Kejriwal told the Prime Minister that 8,600 coronavirus cases were seen at the peak during the third wave in Delhi on 10 November and since then the number of cases with positivity rate has been steadily decreasing, PTI quoted it sources saying.
The Chief Minister hoped that the trend will continue in the national capital
“The high severity of the third wave is due to a number of factors. Pollution is an important factor. The Chief Minister sought the Prime Minister’s intervention to get rid of the pollution caused by stubble-burning in adjoining states, especially in view of the recent bio-decomposer technique,” a source said.
In a meeting with the Prime Minister, Kejriwal called for reservation of an additional 1,000 ICU beds for coronavirus patients in the city at central government-run hospitals in Delhi until the city has a third wave of infection.
Delhi recorded 4,454 fresh COVID-19 cases and positivity of 11.94 percent on Monday, while 8,512 people in the city suffered 121 more deaths due to the disease.
This was the sixth time in 12 days that the daily number of deaths in the national capital crossed the 100 marks.
Authorities reported 121 deaths due to COVID-19 on Sunday, 111 on Saturday, 118 on Friday, 131 on November 18, the highest to date, and 104 on November 12.
(With PTI Inputs)