New Delhi: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday credited pollution for the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the national capital. CM Kejriwal assured the people of Delhi that covid-19 pandemic will come under control in 7-10 days.

“Main reason behind the spike in Covid-19 cases in Delhi is pollution,” said CM Kejriwal.

Referring to stubble burning in agricultural states like Haryana and Punjab, Kejriwal said the pollution caused due to this affects people not just in the national capital but these states as well.

Referring to the Pusa bio decomposer which the Delhi-based Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI) has created, the CM asked governments of neighbouring states to join hands and fight the pollution menace together. He said it was time for the governments to implement IARI’s solution and help the farmers.

"COVID-19 situation in Delhi should come under control in 7-10 days; we are considering taking several steps next week." CM Kejriwal added.

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Delhi's COVID-19 deaths rose by a record high on Thursday and it also reported the most number of infections in India.

CM Kejriwal requested the Union government to provide 1,092 beds, including 300 ICU beds, to help the capital tackle the surge in coronavirus cases, which are projected to climb to nearly 12,000 per day by the end of November.

In a letter to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Kejriwal, citing the report of an expert group, said the city will require 20,604 beds to deal with the emerging Covid situation in the national capital.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) in the national capital was in the ‘very poor’ category, as per the data released by the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), on Friday.

According to SAFAR, the overall AQI in Delhi was at 326 today morning. As per Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the air quality was in the ‘very poor’ category at Okhla Phase-2 area.