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Delhi govt opens 6-hour 'vaccination without registration' window

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said there was no possibility of a lockdown

vaccination rep amey Representational image | Amey Mansabdar

The Arvind Kejriwal government on Saturday announced it had decided to keep 3pm to 9pm as a "no registration" window for people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain was quoted by ANI as saying, "People were facing difficulty in registration for vaccination; many people aren't tech savvy. Even if they get registered, they get busy and don't reach centres. So government has decided to keep 3pm-9pm as window when people can go for vaccination without registration."

Speaking to mediapersons, Jain said there was no possibility of another lockdown to contain the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases.

"As of now, [there is] no possibility of lockdown. First, it was said that it's 14-day cycle between infection and recovery. Experts said if all activities close for 21 days, it won't spread. Lockdown was extended, but it didn't stop completely. So I don't think lockdown is solution," Jain was quoted as saying by The Times of India.

"It is a recurring disease. Experts said from the beginning 'do not believe it will be finished immediately'. We will have to learn to live with it," Jain was quoted as saying by NDTV.

Jain reiterated the continued need to wear masks and maintain social distancing. "People wore masks for two or three months... then they stopped. This is wrong. We don't know how the virus behaves. I appeal to the people... the more people who wear masks, the better the spread of the virus can be controlled," Jain was quoted as saying by NDTV.

On Friday, Delhi reported 1,534 COVID-19 cases, the highest since December 16. Since March 23, Delhi has reported over 1,000 COVID-19 cases daily, the first time daily cases have crossed that mark since December 24.

Jain claimed the Delhi government had taken steps to increase testing and ensure provision of adequate hospital beds.

"At present, there are enough beds; the occupancy rate now is 20 per cent. And if we have to increase the number of beds, then we will do it," Jain was quoted as saying by NDTV.

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