Delhi: Firecrackers banned due to high pollution, worsening Covid situation
New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced firecrackers ban in Delhi. Taking to Twitter, he said that the decision was taken keeping in view the persistently high air pollution levels in the city.
Citing the current upsurge in coronavirus cases in the national capital, Kejriwal said that it was found that there has been spike in Covid-19 cases after festivals like the recently concluded Durga Puja and Dussehra.
The decision was also influenced by the belief of experts that high air pollution levels put the people in risk of Covid-19 infection.
Delhi has been seeing high pollution levels in last few days. The situation has aggravated by the stubble burning in neighbouring states.
The CM has also announced that the medical infrastructure will be ramped up, oxygen and ICU beds will also be increased in Delhi government hospitals. He said that there will also be targeted testing and steps would be taken to contain the fatality rate.
“Reviewed corona situation in Delhi and preparedness with Chief Secretary, health officials and all DMs. Corona cases have increased due to festival season and pollution. It was decided to ban crackers in Delhi, ramp up medical infrastructure, increase oxygen and ICU beds Delhi government hospitals,” Kejriwal tweeted.