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COVID-19: Haryana, Delhi govt indulge in war of words over rising cases

PTI | Updated on: Monday, January 17, 2022, 05:18 PM IST

Graffiti artists walk off carrying a ladder they used to draw a mural based on Covid-19 coronavirus safety protocols on the walls of an underpass during an ongoing weekend curfew imposed in New Delhi on January 16, 2022 to curb the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus | SAJJAD HUSSAIN
Graffiti artists walk off carrying a ladder they used to draw a mural based on Covid-19 coronavirus safety protocols on the walls of an underpass during an ongoing weekend curfew imposed in New Delhi on January 16, 2022 to curb the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus | SAJJAD HUSSAIN
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A word of words broke out between Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij after the latter blamed the high COVID-19 infection rate in three districts of the State adjoining Delhi on the "uncontrolled" rise in cases in the national capital.

Replying to his claims, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain termed it as "political talk" and said "over 1,000 COVID-19 cases are being reported from outside Delhi every day." Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal told media persons, "Blaming won't end the virus. I will not step into this garbage."

Vij said Haryana was "adversely affected" due to its vicinity to Delhi, and claimed that "more than half" of the around 9,000 new COVID-19 cases in Haryana were from Gurugram, Faridabad and Sonipat districts put together.

"Haryana reports around 9,000 COVID-19 cases every day, of which over 50 per cent cases are from Gurugram, Faridabad and Sonipat. Delhi's infection rate is having an impact in the state. However, as per requirements, we are tackling the situation by making all necessary arrangements of healthcare services in the state," he said on Sunday.

Vij also said that whether patients come from Delhi or anywhere else, they will be given complete treatment in the state.

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Published on: Monday, January 17, 2022, 05:18 PM IST