Delhi’s air quality rapidly worsened to the “severe” category with the Air Quality Index (AQI) of 452. AQI between 401 and 500 is considered to be severe, which can impact healthy people and seriously affect those with existing health conditions, according to the Central Pollution Control Board.
Delhi reported another single-day record of 6,842 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. As the daily infections inched closer to 7,000, the positivity rate continued to rise as well. As many as 11.6% of the 58,910 samples tested over the past 24 hours returned positive. Delhi’s positivity rate has been in double digits over the last five days.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses the issues in the press conference. He says that this is happening as the COVID-19 situation is worsening because of the rising pollution and appeals to people against bursting firecracker during the festivities.