WORLD Indian capital witnesses 4th wave with 10,732 daily COVID-19 cases: chief minister

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Indian capital witnesses 4th wave with 10,732 daily COVID-19 cases: chief minister

Xinhua

17:08, April 11, 2021

NEW DELHI, April 11 (Xinhua) -- The Indian capital of New Delhi is witnessing its fourth COVID-19 wave as a single-day spike of 10,732 new COVID-19 cases was seen, in contrast to last month when less than 200 cases were being reported every day, said the national capital's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday.

People wait in queue to receive the dose of the Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at a health care centre in New Delhi on April 10, 2021. (File photo: AFP)

Ruling out the option of lockdown to contain the COVID-19 spread, the minister appealed to the people at large to go for vaccination, and follow COVID-19 protocols like wearing masks and washing hands regularly even after taking vaccine jabs.

People should also avoid unnecessary travel out of their homes, he added.

According to him, nearly 65 percent of the patients suffering from the pandemic were aged less than 35 years.

"Today, we are facing a strange situation. Now we have vaccines available, unlike in the earlier three waves when we didn't have the option of vaccines. But, despite the availability of vaccines, the number of new cases today is even more than during the earlier waves," he said.

Kejriwal appealed to the people of Delhi to take vaccination seriously. "I appeal to the federal government to remove all conditions regarding vaccination. Let the vaccines be given to one and all. Vaccination seems to be the only cure for this pandemic," added the chief minister.

He went on to say that his government was ready to carry out a door-to-door COVID-19 vaccination drive in the national capital.

So far as many as 11,235 people have died in the national capital due to COVID-19.

The chief assured that there were an adequate number of beds in hospitals, both private and government, and that people having less severe COVID-19 symptoms should home quarantine themselves instead of going to hospitals.

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