Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party Arvind Kejriwal on Friday urged his party workers and MPs, councillors and volunteers to go to public places and hand out free masks to those not wearing a mask as the national capital readies for a tougher battler against the coronavirus disease outbreak.
“Today, this is the most productive deshbhakti n manav sewa. I urge all political parties also to ask their volunteers to try this Lets sign up for hands to stop spread of corona,” CM Kejriwal said in a tweet.
Kejriwal’s tweet comes amid number of heightened measures in Delhi to fight the viral contagion. The national capital has witnessed a surge in coronavirus cases since October 28, when the day-to-day rise breached the 5,000-mark for the first time, and it crossed the 8,000-mark on November 11.
Among several measures taken by the state government, the authorities have announced a steep Rs 2,000 fine for not wearing masks, reservation of 80 per cent ICU beds in private hospitals, doubling testing centres in each district and postponement of non-critical surgeries at health facilities.
As of this week, Delhi accounts for 22.39 per cent of the fatalities reported across the country in a span of 24 hours by recording 131 deaths on Wednesday and has became the largest contributor to the single-day Covid-19 deaths in India.