Amid a veritable pageant surge within the variety of COVID-19 infections within the metropolis, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal immediately pointed at air pollution as a cause for the spike and hoped to manage its unfold within the subsequent 7-10 days.
“Even I am worried about the rise in the number of cases…We are taking all necessary measures…I hope in seven to 10 days, the number of cases should decline and the situation should come under control,” Mr Kejriwal mentioned in a public message.
The variety of COVID-19 deaths in Delhi rose by a document excessive on Thursday to 104 as the town additionally reported the best variety of infections (7,053) in India, based on a Reuters report. Amid the town’s third wave of infections, many hospitals have reportedly run out of intensive care beds and even regular COVID-19 beds are getting occupied quick.
“The biggest reason for the spike in cases is pollution. Delhi had contained rising cases but after pollution increased, the number of cases also shot up,” the Delhi Chief Minister mentioned.
The central authorities, based on Reuters, has requested Delhi to arrange assets to deal with circumstances of as much as 15,000 a day throughout winter, when air pollution peaks within the metropolis and respiratory points bounce. Besides vehicular and industrial air pollution, two key components add to the town’s troubles on this season yearly: farm stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana and pageant fireworks.
“For the past 10-12 years, due to stubble burning, pollution increases in entire north India…Media shows situation in Delhi but the biggest problem is faced by farmers,” Mr Kejriwal mentioned, referring to a possible resolution to the issue invented by researchers.
Scientists at Delhi’s PUSA Institute Technology, he mentioned, have discovered a brand new chemical compound, which, when poured on stubble, helps it flip into manure inside 3-Four weeks, nullifying the necessity to burn it.
“Now all that needs to be seen is if the government formally introduces this chemical, or will we see this pollution mess year after year…This year should be the last year of pollution due to stubble burning,” Mr Kejriwal mentioned.