NEW DELHI: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has raised concerns about a new COVID strain discovered in Singapore which he claims is detrimental to youngsters.
He advised the Centre to take immediate action including suspending flights to and from Singapore, arguing that it could “come as a third wave” in India.
“The new Corona that arrived in Singapore is thought to be particularly deadly for children and it is expected to arrive in India in a third wave. My request to the central government is as follows: 1. Air flights to Singapore should be suspended immediately. 2. Vaccine options should be prioritised for children as well,” he tweeted in Hindi.
सिंगापुर में आया कोरोना का नया रूप बच्चों के लिए बेहद ख़तरनाक बताया जा रहा है, भारत में ये तीसरी लहर के रूप में आ सकता है।
केंद्र सरकार से मेरी अपील:
1. सिंगापुर के साथ हवाई सेवाएं तत्काल प्रभाव से रद्द हों
2. बच्चों के लिए भी वैक्सीन के विकल्पों पर प्राथमिकता के आधार पर काम हो
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 18, 2021
The chief minister’s tweet comes as fears grow about a third wave which many experts believe will target children.
According to the specialists, the elderly were the ones who were most impacted in the first wave while the younger individuals were infected in the second wave.
CM Kejriwal also offered Rs.50,000 ex-gratia payment to families in the national capital who had lost a family member in the battle against COVID-19.
Moreover, to the ex-gratia, CM Kejriwal provided a monthly pension of Rs.2,500 for households whose single breadwinner died of the devastating viral disease.
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