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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Talks About Lockdown And How India Is Coping Up With The Virus On #SwasthyaMantra Telethon

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal talks about India’s fight against coronavirus and the effectiveness of lockdown on NDTV – Dettol #SwasthyaMantra Telethon

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Talks About Lockdown And How India Is Coping Up With The Virus On #SwasthyaMantra Telethon
Highlights
  • Lockdown is not a solution to end coronavirus says Arvind Kejriwal
  • CM Kejriwal also talked about lessons learnt from Delhi's COVID fight
  • CM Kejriwal urged citizens to keep following the precautionary measures

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, lent his support to NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign at the 12-hour #SwasthyaMantra telethon and talked about India’s fight against coronavirus, lockdown effectiveness and lessons from the national capital’s battle against the virus. Highlighting about coronavirus induced lockdown, CM Kejriwal said, “I have been saying this since the very beginning – lockdown is not the solution to end coronavirus. The moment we will end the lockdown, COVID-19 cases will see a spike. We cannot stop our everyday lives or keep people locked inside forever. We will have to go about our day-to-day lives, we will have to start our economy.”

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Talking about lockdown benefits and how it helps a particular country, city or state in their war against the virus, CM Kejriwal added,

Lockdown has one benefit – in that period we can assess our healthcare system. If we think our healthcare structure is not ready to cope up with the coronavirus cases, lockdown gives us that time to prepare ourself and strengthen our healthcare system.

Sharing an example of India and phase 1 lockdown, CM Kejriwal said that the country started lockdown on March 23 and at that time, India didn’t have any personal protective gears for frontline workers, testing kits, hospitals were not ready and no-one knew what coronavirus really is. He added,

That’s why the first phase of lockdown was very crucial and beneficial as that gave India the time to prepare itself for the worse. When we unlock India after two months, we were prepared with testing kits – we had Rapid Antigen tests, we had RT-PCR tests, masks, to name a few. So, I think, all the states need to rethink about unlocking and lockdown in their own terms, they will need to assess how prepared they are to fight coronavirus in their area.

At the #SwasthyaMantra telethon, CM Kejriwal also acknowledged the fact that currently, the biggest road-block in front of every government is the fact that coronavirus cases are rising in the country because of which people are dying, on the other hand, if lockdown continues then the economy will not start as a result there will be hunger and food constraints. He said,

People will be safe from coronavirus but they will die of hunger as they will not have enough to meet their ends. We have to come up with a solution that takes care of both these issues somehow.

Speaking about the solutions and the way ahead, CM Kejriwal said,

We need three things for now – lockdown when our healthcare infrastructure is not up to the mark, we will have to start the economy and be prepared that in this time we will get new or more cases and we need to cope up with that rise. Thirdly, we need to identify the most vulnerable sectors of the society and the government needs to ensure that these more vulnerable sectors are getting food and relief care so that they are not dying of hunger.

CM Kejriwal further added that the world still doesn’t know much about the coronavirus and therefore it is crucial that everyone learns from each other’s experiences. India should learn from different countries as well, said. Mr. Kejriwal added,

Our states should see what the other states are doing and how they are coping up with the virus.

Sharing example of the national capital coronavirus numbers and what we can learn from the trend, CM Kejriwal said,

In Delhi, till May, we had lockdown and we had somehow managed to deal with coronavirus pandemic. But when on June 1, we unlocked, the cases started to see a huge rise and there was a time when we started to see a shortage of beds/ambulance in our hospitals. That time, we immediately took many important steps. In matter of 20-25 days we again managed to cope up with that rise and I am very proud to say that all this has been managed because of efforts taken together by authorities, central government, state government and citizens.

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He also added,

During mid-June, we again saw a peak in the national capital when Delhi started to see 4,000 cases again and 100 deaths a day. Then from July 1, the status changed and we started seeing a dip in coronavirus cases. We saw about 1,000 to 1,100 cases a day and we were doing 20,000 tests a day. From mid-august we again started to see cases rising in the capital, we started to get 1,300 and 1,400 cases a day. At that time, we immediately increased the testing in the city – from 20,000 we started doing 60,000 tests a day. And today, I am very proud to say that Delhi is doing the most tests per day in the world, around 3,000 tests per day per million is happening in the national capital, which is equal to what is happening in the United Kingdom at this point of time. In the United States, the testing figures are 1200-1300 per day per million.

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Talking about the current status in Delhi and about the testing guidelines that the national capital is following, CM Kejriwal said,

In September we again saw a peak when cases reached 4,000 a day but now as we have increased testing, we have started to see changes and dip in COVID numbers. We are again seeing empty beds in the national capital. As far as testing guidelines are concerned and the question why Delhi is doing more of Rapid Antigen tests, we don’t have to hide anything, if we had to do that only, we would have not increased our testing from 20,000 to 60,000 a day. Our strategy is to test more and more people, isolate them and treat them. We are trying to break the chain of transmission of coronavirus. In what case RT-PCR test or Antigen test should happen, the central government have proper guidelines on it and we are following just that. Recently, the central government has also given the affidavit in high court stating that Delhi is following the testing guidelines as per the protocols.

CM Kejriwal signed off with an urge and said,

There are three important pillars to the disease – one is the government, second is the coronavirus warriors and third is the citizens. The more people follow precautionary measures, the more they will stay safe from this virus. I urge people not to get tired from all this, we need to wear a mask, we need to maintain social distancing and we need to voluntary compliance with the precautionary measures, only then we will be able to win this battle against coronavirus.

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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene.  

World

26,58,63,058Cases
22,65,37,591Active
3,40,69,608Recovered
52,55,859Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,58,63,058 and 52,55,859 have died; 22,65,37,591 are active cases and 3,40,69,608 have recovered as on December 6, 2021 at 5:12 am.

India

3,46,41,561 8,306Cases
98,416739Active
3,40,69,608 8,834Recovered
4,73,537 211Deaths
In India, there are 3,46,41,561 confirmed cases including 4,73,537 deaths. The number of active cases is 98,416 and 3,40,69,608 have recovered as on December 6, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,38,778 707

10,826 23

64,86,782 677

1,41,170 7

Kerala

51,65,921 4,450

44,110 317

50,80,211 4,606

41,600 161

Karnataka

29,98,099 456

7,161 120

29,52,708 330

38,230 6

Tamil Nadu

27,30,516 724

8,041 29

26,85,946 743

36,529 10

Andhra Pradesh

20,73,730 154

2,122 27

20,57,156 177

14,452 4

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,475 24

134 18

16,87,430 6

22,911

West Bengal

16,19,257 620

7,639 17

15,92,074 627

19,544 10

Delhi

14,41,358 63

370 48

14,15,890 15

25,098

Odisha

10,50,249 189

2,154 25

10,39,673 212

8,422 2

Chhattisgarh

10,06,967 25

330 4

9,93,044 21

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,891 17

221 8

9,45,715 9

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,707 48

349 23

8,17,263 24

10,095 1

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,241 9

133 9

7,82,580 18

10,528

Haryana

7,71,819 22

185 5

7,61,580 17

10,054

Bihar

7,26,237 6

26 4

7,14,121 2

12,090

Telangana

6,76,943 156

3,787 8

6,69,157 147

3,999 1

Assam

6,17,576 101

2,490 61

6,08,966 158

6,120 4

Punjab

6,03,488 37

361 14

5,86,519 23

16,608

Jharkhand

3,49,342 25

127 12

3,44,074 13

5,141

Uttarakhand

3,44,353 8

174 1

3,36,768 7

7,411

Jammu And Kashmir

3,37,807 161

1,706 25

3,31,620 184

4,481 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,27,518 35

755 45

2,22,911 80

3,852

Goa

1,79,174 49

412 18

1,75,375 31

3,387

Mizoram

1,36,454 92

3,101 454

1,32,846 544

507 2

Puducherry

1,29,085 29

280 14

1,26,930 43

1,875

Manipur

1,25,360 32

353 9

1,23,025 40

1,982 1

Tripura

84,858 5

90 1

83,943 6

825

Meghalaya

84,583 9

244 2

82,864 11

1,475

Chandigarh

65,488 7

58 2

64,610 9

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,293 5

36 4

54,977 1

280

Sikkim

32,369 10

215 2

31,749 8

405

Nagaland

32,136

117 9

31,320 9

699

Ladakh

21,714 31

295 3

21,204 34

215

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

0 0

10,679

4

Lakshadweep

10,404

10 0

10,343

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,688

4 2

7,555 2

129

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