New Delhi: Delhi government on Sunday (April 18, 2021) lodged an FIR against four airlines for failing to check negative RT-PCR COVID reports of passengers entering the national capital from the state of Maharashtra. These airlines are IndiGo, Vistara, SpiceJet and AirAsia.
Earlier, the Delhi government also decided to register FIR against two private hospitals for showing inaccurate data regarding beds online. It has decided to take actions against the hospitals under the DDMA Act.
All these harsh measures come as Delhi recorded nearly 24,000 new cases on Saturday evening and while the national capital is grappling with the surge in fresh cases, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on April 18 raised concerns over the shortage of oxygen supply at hospitals in the national capital and appealed to the Centre to allot more oxygen supply to Delhi.
”Due to the sharp increase in cases, there is a major shortage in oxygen supply. Several hospitals have informed that they have oxygen stocked for a very limited time now. Delhi government has asked the Central government to increase Delhi’s quota for oxygen supply”, Sisodia said in a tweet.
Coronavirus India Update: Delhi government lodges FIR against four airlines for not checking RT-PCR test reports. @gaurravhanda8 with more details. @CMODelhi @ArvindKejriwal @DelhiPolice pic.twitter.com/eTwty1Ofy7
— India Ahead News (@IndiaAheadNews) April 18, 2021
Meanwhile, India reported more than 261,000 cases on Sunday, as the country reported 2,61,500 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. The new infections, showing no signs of slowing down rose from 2,34,692 cases reported a day earlier, staying above 200,000-mark since April 15. The country reported a high of 2,00,739 cases on Thursday.
The new cases have been increasing at an alarming pace since the country broke the one lakh case barrier on April 4 when it reported 1,03,558 new COVID-19 cases. Within a fortnight, the numbers have doubled, sounding alarm bells throughout the country as medical infrastructure, doctors and patients grapple with resource crunch all over the country.