With a sudden spike in the number of Covid-19 cases in the national capital, the Maharashtra Government is considering halting flight and train services between Mumbai and Delhi. While there has been no official communication so far, several media outlets have claimed that the train services between Delhi and Mumbai could also be stopped.
The report by PTI says that coronavirus cases in Delhi have registered a sudden spike since October 28 when the daily infection breached the 5,000-mark for the first time.
The national capital recorded its highest single-day spike of 8,593 Covid-19 cases on Wednesday last week. On Thursday, 104 deaths which was the highest number of fatalities in 5 months was recorded. The city had registered 93 deaths on June 16.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has blamed the rising pollution for the spike in Covid-19 cases. He said that the 'biggest reason' behind the spike in Covid-19 cases in Delhi, the chief minister said the situation was under control in the city till October 20.
Amid the aggravating, the Covid-19 situation in New Delhi, speculations of a probable lockdown are going rife in the national capital which got further fuelled after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s press conference in which he talked about a local level lockdown.
However, refuting all the rumors, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the Delhi government has no intentions of imposing a lockdown.
As Covid-19 cases surge in Delhi, Maharashtra is considering curtailing or discontinuing flights and trains to the national capital.
The national capital has seen a surge in cases post Diwali. Delhi added 7,546 cases on Thursday, taking its total tally to 5,10,630 cases. Till Thursday, the number of active cases in Delhi stood at 43,221.
Mumbai, which was at the center of the pandemic not so long ago, had 11,694 active cases in comparison. Sources said that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has directed officials to “act fast” to contain a fresh wave of infections in the state
Sources said that the CMO itself has directed officials to explore the option of curtailing train and air services to Delhi to check the second wave of infections in the state. When contacted, Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar confirmed that the move was under discussion. “It is under discussion at this stage. But it is yet to be finalized. No proposal has been readied so far,” Kumar said. He added that this was one of several moves under consideration as the state gears up to tackle a second wave. On Thursday, Maharashtra also witnessed a jump in cases, recording 5,535 cases, a 15-day high. Cases in Mumbai also soared from 541 on Tuesday to 924 on Thursday.
Kumar also said that the state will be further gearing up its Covid health infrastructure and spreading more awareness among people to contain the spread of the virus. “We are much more prepared this time. But we are taking no chances,” Kumar said, adding that the state’s anti-Covid-19 community campaign, My Family, My Responsibility, will be intensified in the coming days.
In Mumbai, the civic body has already undertaken a drive to test roadside vendors, people working in marketplaces, bus conductors, and drivers to check potential spreaders