Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal cancelled all his meetings today after he ran a slight fever and sore throat. According to Aam Aadmi Party sources, Kejriwal will undergo the test for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on 9 June.
The Aam Aadmi Party national convenor has not met anyone since last afternoon. Kejriwal has isolated himself at his residence. There is no official word on his health status from the party so far.
Kejriwal had addressed a press conference yesterday, announcing the opening of shopping malls, places of worship and restaurants in the national capital Monday onwards.
Kejriwal was last seen on 7 June in the evening during an online media briefing. He had announced then that the Delhi government had decided to make all Delhi’s public and private hospitals exclusive for residents of Delhi during the coronavirus crisis.
The chief minister of the city-state had said that if the need arose, hotels and banquet halls might be converted into hospitals in the near future. He had announced the opening of Delhi borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh from Monday.
Yesterday, Kejriwal faced a lot of flak after he said beds in state government-run and private hospitals would only be reserved for Delhi’s residents till the coronavirus crisis subsided.
This order would not apply to central government-operated facilities like AIIMS, Safdarjung or RML Hospital.
Private hospitals that do specialised surgeries were also exempt from this order.
Earlier, a cabinet minister in Uttarakhand and two ministers in the Maharashtra cabinet had tested COVID-positive. Among political leaders across the world, United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson had tested positive and subsequently recovered from COVID-19.
Delhi has recorded a total of 28,936 coronavirus cases while 812 people have died so far. Meanwhile, coronavirus cases in India have gone up by almost 10,000 on Sunday.
India recorded 9,983 new COVID cases on Sunday, taking the total case tally to over 2.56 lakh. The death toll has also gone past 7,000 in the country.