New Delhi enters lockdown as India added to UK’s travel red list amid COVID surge
New Delhi is entering a week-long lockdown to prevent the collapse of the capital’s health system amid India’s nationwide surge in coronavirus cases.
The restrictions come in on Monday night in a bid to help hospitals that are experiencing a shortage of beds, medicines and oxygen.
Over the weekend, patients lined up outside of medical facilities waiting to be let in, while ambulances idled outside crematoriums carrying half a dozen dead bodies each.
“People keep arriving, in an almost collapsing situation,” said Dr Suresh Kumar, who heads Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital, one of New Delhi’s largest hospitals for treating COVID-19 patients.
Most desperately need oxygen, Mr Kumar said. But the city is facing shortages of oxygen and some medicine, according to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who told reporters that the new stringent measures being imposed were required to “prevent a collapse of the health system,” which had “reached its limit”.
Travel from India to the UK is being banned for non-UK and non-Irish citizens from 4am on Friday after the country was added to the travel “red list”.
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