*Total Corona cases in Delhi 445, 59 new cases in 24 hours, local transmission cases stable at 40: CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal
*We have been successful in containing the community spread of Corona in Delhi: CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal
*Out of 6 deaths, 3 were from Markaz, 5 of them were above 60 years and suffering from other major diseases: CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal
*On 3rd April, 6,63,928 people were provided lunch and 6,78,544 people were provided dinner at our relief centres: CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal
*We have written to the Centre to supply PPE kits for our doctors and nurses, we haven't received any PPE kit from the Union government so far: CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal
NEW DELHI, 04,2020-Addressing a digital press conference Delhi Chief Minister Mr Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said that the number of coronavirus cases stood at 445 in Delhi but the situation was under control and there was no community transmission. There were 40 cases of local transmission while a majority of other patients either had foreign travel history or they were recently evacuated from Nizamuddin Markaz, he said. He also said that the non-ration cardholders must register soon and they will start getting free ration from Wednesday or Thursday.
"Among all the patients who have Coronavirus around 11 are in ICU and five are in ventilators. we can say that this is the local transmission and not community transmission. In community transmission, people do not get to know from whom they are getting affected but right now no such situation has occurred in Delhi. We have found 2300 people from the Markaz. Among these people, 500 are admitted to various hospitals and around 1800 are in quarantine. We are testing all the 500 people because they have various symptoms and all of them may be suffering from Coronavirus which means the number of COVID-19 positive cases in Delhi will increase. But I want to reiterate that this is not community transmission so there is nothing to worry yet," said Mr Kejriwal.
He said that till now Delhi has witnessed six deaths due to coronavirus. "Among these six people five were above 60 and one person was 36-year-old. Among these six people, three were from Markaz. Among these six people, five people had other serious diseases. One person had liver disease, one person had sugar, two persons had a respiratory disease and one person had heart disease. I want to request all the senior citizens who are above 55 or 60 years that you should be very very cautious about the situation and do not go outside. All the senior citizens are very precious us and I do not want any of them to suffer. I will also request the people who have serious diseases to be very cautious because Coronavirus can be lethal for them," said the CM.
"Right now I have to priorities number one is to ensure that there should not be any community spread of Coronavirus and the second one is if somebody is affected by Coronavirus then the person should get the best treatment and no death should happen in Delhi. I am personally monitoring the situation in Delhi and I have every record of the persons who are affected by the Coronavirus. We will ensure the best health facility and treatment to these patients in Delhi," said Mr Kejriwal.
The CM said that Yesterday the Delhi government has distributed lunch to around 6,63,928 people and dinner to around 6,78,544 people. "The Delhi government has the arrangement to feed more than 10,00,00 people. I am happy to say that many NGOs and religious organisations are also distributing food to needy people. This is the time to show humanity to the people and feeding hungry people is always good work. I will request everyone to ensure that not a single person in Delhi should stay hungry," said the CM.
Mr Kejriwal said, "We have already announced that the Delhi government will give 7.5 kg free ration to 71 lakh people who ration cards. There are around 6.5,00,00 people who have earlier applied for the ration card but did not get it and we have decided to give these people also the benefit of free ration. Many poor people do not have any ration card and for them, from yesterday we have created a website where you need to fill a form to get registered. After the registration, we will give you the benefit of free ration. Many people are asking me what is the need for registration? We are doing the registration process because if we open the distribution process for everyone then there are chances that one person will come many times to take ration and then there will be a shortage of ration. From yesterday nearly 40 to 50,000 people have already registered and I will request others also to register soon. I will request the people who know how to handle internet and computer to help these poor people to register. All these people will get 5 KGs of free ration."
He also said, "Recently due to the Nizamuddin incident and as Delhi already has many foreign patients the number of Coronavirus patients have suddenly increased. Right now we urgently need PPE kits and we have already written to the Central government about it. I do not want the doctors and nurses to work without the protective gear but the centre is yet to provide us with these kits. I will request the Centre to provide us with PPE kits urgently."
*CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal and Dy CM Shri Manish Sisodia address session on 'Parenting in the Time of Corona’
*CM Shri Kejriwal and Dy CM Shri Manish Sisodia answer questions posed by children and parents on COVID-19*
*Parents need to be sensitive about this situation and monitor what their children are exposed to in these times: Dy CM Shri Manish Sisodia
*Understanding the gravity of the situation and explaining this to the children is crucial for the parents: CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal
*Parents should set an example for their children by those in need around us: CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal
New Delhi04.04.20-: Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal and Dy CM and Education Minister Shri Manish Sisodia on Saturday conducted a live interactive session on 'Parenting in the Time of Corona’ addressing Delhi’s 44 lakh children and their parents. They were joined by the Director of Education Mr. Vinay Bhushan and CEO of Meraki Foundation Mr. Seemant Dhadwal. CM Kejriwal and Dy CM Shri Manish Sisodia took questions on COVID-19 and its gravity, and urged parents to take a positive approach and explain to their children sensitively about the gravity of the situation.
Initiating the session, Dy CM and Education Minister Shri Manish Sisodia said, "If we talk about Delhi, 44 lakh students are studying in Delhi schools including MCD, private and government schools. As a result of the lockdown, children are at home. It is very important to understand how to sail through these tough times. The aim is to effectively utilize our time at homes during the isolation, and that is why we are holding this discussion on “Parenting in the Time of corona.”
Introducing the session to the audience, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "We had to close down schools for the last 15-20 days, due to the extraordinary situation that has arisen worldwide. The only way that we can save ourselves from the virus is by following social distancing norms, staying away from other people and ceasing contact with others. Considering the gravity of the situation and to ensure good health of you and your children, we had to shut down schools 15-20 days back."
CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, “Children are energetic, they want to go out and play, but all their activities have stopped because of the lockdown. I can understand that they must be having questions on Coronavirus and the lockdown. Following our announcement yesterday on 'Parenting in the times of Corona' broadcast, we have got interesting questions from the parents and children," said the CM.

Quoting a question from a parent on the COVID-19, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "A 5-year-old girl has asked her mother, if we were all are going to die. Children are innocent, and it is natural for them to have all these questions. We will try to address these questions that children have and those that parents have as well. We will also extend this program further and conduct this session on a regular basis with various experts. Our motive is to change this time of crisis into an opportunity. Everyone is so busy in their lives that we do not get time to sit and have a conversation with our children, even in summer vacations during school when parents are usually working all the time. This is the time when everybody is at home, and parents and children can spend quality time with each other. I hope that by the end of this program parents will be able to know how to constructively engage their children in activities and conversations during these times of the lockdown."

Mr Vinay Bhushan said, "Children are asking questions on the reasons for the lockdown, and then posing questions on why they can not go out to play and meet their friends. Parents are unable to understand how to answer these questions. I would like Hon'ble CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal to say something on this."

CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "Parents must be explaining to their children about Coronavirus, and how dangerous this new virus is. The parents should explain to their children that this virus is contagious and spreads through direct contact. The first way through which the virus can enter if a person coughs or sneezes on you if you are standing close to him. The second way is somebody covering their mouth and nose with their hands while coughing and sneezing and touching some surface, and then touching that surface and touching your face and mouth again. In crowded places, that can happen very easily. It is important for the children to know that this virus is contagious and transfers from close contact with an infected person. We have to break the chain by quarantining a person who is infected because that single person can infect many other people. It is easier to make elder children follow all these precautions and norms, but difficult to make younger children in between 5-8 years follow the norms."

CEO of Meraki Foundation, Seemant Dhadwal said, "This is an unprecedented situation. We have not seen anything like this before. Parents are also a bit anxious and stressed because their everyday routine has also changed. Children are not able to do what they like doing, they are unable to go out to the park or meet their friends. We have to engage children in that age group in such a way that they are able to interact with their friends via technology. We can make a pretend park inside our homes for the children to play.”

Shri Manish Sisodia said, "Parents also need to be sensitive about this whole situation and monitor the kind of news their young kids are exposed to. Since we are bombarded by news reports of deaths due to COVID-19, it is also highly essential for the parents to protect their kids from developing a great fear around this situation. It is very crucial at this stage for the parents to carefully deal with the kids so that they are not pushed into depression because of the sad news from around the world."
1. How do we ensure that parents cope up with the changing situations and then make their children do the same?
CM Arvind Kejriwal: This is a very crucial question, children are asking why they can not go out if they are not infected. In this case, they should be explained the character of the virus, under which the contagious nature of the virus can not be detected until 14 days. And there is no way for anyone to know who is infected and who is not. So, everyone should avoid going out to not be the carriers of any disease which can infect your family as well.
2. Why were people panic buying or hoarding?
CM Arvind Kejriwal: It is a tough time for all. When the lockdown was announced the people of the country got scared and they rushed to nearby stores and bought many items together. It was not necessary but it happened because people were scared. The central government and the Delhi government have ensured that every essential item will be available in all the shops of Delhi. Vegetables, milk, Medicines, ration, grocery items will be available. No one needs to do any panic buying.

3. How can we sensitize our children regarding the crisis faced by the poor of our country due to the lockdown?
CM Arvind Kejriwal: After the lockdown was announced we have seen that the poor people of our country are the worst sufferers. The government is working hard to provide them with all the basic facilities but the work of the government cannot be enough if the whole society does not work together. The government is distributing food at various centers across Delhi. But I will request that if you have money then you should stand with the poor, ensure that no person will go hungry in your area. I will also request the parents not to cut any salary from the domestic help or drivers. If possible, please give them some advance money. The parents should discuss the situation with the children and also tell them how as a society we can stand with these needy people. Discussing such issues will also help the children to learn better values of life.
4. How can we save our children from the negativity which is being spread through social media and other media platforms regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Mr. Seemant Dhadwal: Here the main important point is the distribution of time. There should be a limited time where the children will be allowed to use social media and other media platforms, the parents should ensure that. The parents should also do various activities at their home where the children can take part. The parents should also have one-to-one discussions with the children. The parents should ensure that the children can express whatever they feel and in such tough times anger should be under control so that The children do not get scared.
It is very important that the children stay out of any kind of negativity at this time. If the parents do not ensure that then the children will suffer from depression, therefore, it is important to have a healthy atmosphere at every house where the parents and children will talk to each other openly about every issue.
5. How can children get over boredom?
Mr. Seemant Dhadwal: The parents should maintain a schedule for the children which will have a mix of everything. It is important to talk to the children that no one is getting to do what they like to do, therefore, an environment should be created at home which the children can enjoy.
Mr. Vinay Bhushan: This time the children should take part in creative work such as painting or writing or any other creative work they love to do. Creativity is the best way to heal boredom.
6. Will the summer break of the schools be canceled?
Mr. Vinay Bhushan: There is no such decision yet to cancel the summer vacation of the students. But it is also true that we have missed the time where preparatory classes were supposed to happen but we have not taken any decision to cancel the summer vacation.
Dy CM: This is a very extraordinary time, the fact is that the summer break is important for the students because that time the weather becomes very unfavorable for the children to attain school, but at the same time we have missed the period for the preparatory classes. I will request the parents, citizens, and experts to give us suggestions on what can be done.

7. Many children are missing happiness classes. What can they do?

Dy CM: I am glad to know that the children are missing the happiness classes. I will request the parents to discuss with the children about the happiness classes. It is the time when the parents can learn the meditation techniques from the children and also at their individual houses they can practice the activities of the happiness classes.

8. How can parents involve the children in various activities?

Mr. Vinay Bhushan: We have already given various activities to the children from the schools based on their classes. The parents should discuss and help the children in those activities and keep a record. After the normal classes start the teachers will go through those activities and include them in the internal assessment.

9. What will happen to the results of class 9 and 11?

Mr. Vinay Bhushan: The children of class 9 and 11 should fear to give any more examinations. In both these classes, one or two exams are pending but we decided to make the result by doing an average of the marks they have gotten in the already given papers. As soon as the schools reopen within 2-3 days we will announce the result because we need to include the marks of the internal assessments too.

10. Why private schools are taking fees for the months when classes are not taking place?

CM Arvind Kejriwal: It has two aspects one is that some families are facing an economic crisis due to the lockdown, therefore, they are facing difficulty paying the fees. The second aspect is that private schools depend on the fees to pay the salary of the teachers and others. This is a tough situation because if the schools do not get fees then the families of the teachers will face difficulties. I will request the experts to give us suggestions on how we can solve such issues.

Dy CM: We empathize with the crisis but it has various aspects as described by the CM and if you have any suggestion then please send it to use. The Delhi government in the last 5 years has curbed the arbitrary fee hikes of the private schools but this is an extraordinary time.

11. Can the children eat outside food?

Ans: CM Arvind Kejriwal: It is recommended that children must avoid outside food.
Concluding the session, Dy CM Manish Sisodia said, "It is a difficult time for all of us, and it is for us to take it as an opportunity to utilize it to the fullest extent. It gives us the opportunity to sit with our family members and spend quality time with them today. Coronavirus has brought a huge challenge for the entire human race, nations across the world are trying to tackle this menace. Our healthcare systems are trying to fight the virus and also fathoming the fact that if this disease spreads further, how are we going to contain it or stop it. That is why practicing isolation and social distancing is the need of the hour. We all are parents and we do understand that it's difficult to cope with these times when you have young kids at home. But we have to try to turn this around as an opportunity. Kids always complained that their parents couldn't give them time and vice versa, but because of this negative factor, it has still given us an opportunity to sit and talk at our homes. So take care of yourself, and take care of your family."
CM Arvind Kejriwal concluded the session by saying, "It is difficult to control the children. They are always curious to know about everything. In this case, it is important for us to engage with them and answer their questions directly. This is a crisis, but it can be changed into an opportunity by sitting and having a meaningful conversation with the family. The circumstances are difficult, and I hope it will transition into something favorable. I want to congratulate the team for organizing this program."
*Shameful that Centre is playing politics with Delhi government by not giving any financial assistance to fight Coronavirus
- *Centre gave Rs 17,287 Crores to States as relief assistance to fight Coronavirus, but not a single rupee to Delhi
- *Delhi government working closely with Centre on all measures to fight Coronavirus, yet Centre is ignoring the needs of the national capital
New Delhi: Dy CM and Finance Minister Shri Manish Sisodia on Saturday slammed the Centre for providing no relief assistance to the Delhi government to fight COVID-19. Terming the action of the Centre as shameful and 'step-motherly', Dy CM and Finance Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia said that Rs. 17,287 crores were provided to other states as emergency assistance for COVID-19. He said that he has expressed his disappointment in a letter addressing the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and that the Centre is ignoring the needs of Delhi during this crisis.
Dy CM Shri Manish Sisodia said, "The whole nation is suffering from the Coronavirus, and the Delhi government and the people of Delhi are working collectively with the Center to fight a battle against it. Yesterday, the Central government provided an emergency disaster management relief assistance worth Rs. 17,000 crore to all the states and Delhi was not given a single rupee. This has come as a huge shock and a disappointment to us. The Centre is not expected to play politics in such a situation, neither in a federal structure nor in these times of a calamity that has arisen before us."
"Delhi is the national capital of the country, and the Central and the state government are working together in Delhi to contain Corona. Not providing any kind of assistance to Delhi just shows that the Central government is playing politics even in the times of a calamity like Corona," he added.
Dy CM Shri Manish Sisodia said that he has written a letter to the Central government in this regard. "When the whole country is fighting a battle against Corona collectively, keeping Delhi out of the ambit of providing relief is disappointing. We have requested the Centre to provide more PPE and testing kits to the Delhi government. But, in these times, we should be united and not play politics," said the Dy CM.
In the letter addressed to the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Dy CM Manish Sisodia said that it is unfortunate that Delhi has been kept out of the allocation of Rs. 17,287 crores to various states as an emergency disaster management assistance, despite complete assurance by the Center that states will be provided relief from the Disaster Fund. He said that it is sad that Delhi, being the national capital of India, has been forsaken and the needs of Delhi being ignored.
He also said that with 386 COVID-19 positive cases, Delhi has been the third biggest state of the worst affected regions of the country. CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal announced complete lockdown of Delhi effective 23rd March, after which the nation was put on complete lockdown by the Hon'ble Prime Minister.
Addressing the situation as unfortunate, Dy CM Shri Manish Sisodia said that Delhi has been at the forefront of fighting a battle against Coronavirus, collectively with the Government of India. The Delhi government is providing food to more than 6.5 lakh people twice a day across the state and has the capacity to provide food to around 10 lakh people. The Delhi government has initiated a provision of 7.5 kgs ration to 71 lakh beneficiaries in Delhi and is launching a scheme to provide ration to non-ration card holders. In such a situation, Delhi being kept out of the ambit of the relief fund is an unfair treatment towards the people of Delhi.