COVID-19 cases explode in Delhi: 10,774 test positive in a day, highest since pandemic outbreak

In it's highest single day spike since pandemic outbreak, Delhi today reported 10,744 COVID-19 cases. While the city also reported over 10,732 cases on April 10 which shows a massive surge in the positive cases.

The COVID-19 situation in Delhi is "very serious", Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday as he issued a stark warning -- do not step out of homes unless it is urgent. "The fourth wave is more dangerous than the previous wave. The government is closely monitoring the situation," Kejriwal told a press conference.

In just a few weeks, Delhi has gone from near normalcy -- with less than 100 cases reported on a single day on February 16, to an exploding pandemic, a grim reminder that the virus is contributing to extract its toll.Kejriwal said the current fourth wave of the pandemic in the city is "very dangerous" and is spreading at such a rapid rate that it has left many people baffled." Cases have escalated in a big way in the last 10-15 days.

The chief minister said that his government does not want to impose lockdown in Delhi but such a situation may arise if there is a rush to the hospitals and beds are unavailable for serious patients."We need your cooperation. If your cooperation is received and situation of hospitals is under control, there will be no need to impose lockdown in Delhi.

But, if beds in the hospitals fell short and are unavailable, then lockdown may have to be imposed," he said.He said lockdown should be imposed by any government only when its hospital system has collapsed."I am not in favour of lockdown. I believe lockdown is not a solution to deal with COVID-19. It should be imposed if hospital system collapses," he said.He, however, asked people to remain in home isolation if infected with the virus instead of rushing to hospitals, saying the most important thing is that hospital beds are kept vacant for serious patients.

Kejriwal asked all political parties to work together to fight coronavirus spread, saying it was not time to do politics and point fingers.He also appealed the religious and social organisations and NGOs to contribute in the fight against the virus and check its spread.

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