Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday described the COVID-19 situation as ‘completely under control’, adding that the war against the deadly disease was far from over. “I want to assure you that COVID-19 situation in Delhi is completely under control but there is no room for complacency,” Kejriwal said during a press briefing. He said that coronavirus cases in the city are rising because testing has been increased.
“There are 14,000 beds for COVID-19 patients out of which 5,000 beds are currently occupied in Delhi. Of the 5,000 beds, around 1,700 beds are occupied by patients from outside Delhi,” Kejriwal said.
Earlier, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that the fatality rate has dipped to 0.5 per cent. The minister added that testing has been increased manifold in the city.
“We have more than doubled the testing in Delhi, in the last week. 37,000 tests were conducted yesterday. Positivity rate is close to 8%. The case fatality rate is around 0.5%. The situation in Delhi is under control,” news agency ANI quoted Satyendar Jain, as saying.
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After a brief slowdown, Delhi is once again witnessing a rise in number of coronavirus cases being reported. With the Metro services and other activities resuming, fears are that situation may deteriorate further in the city.
Delhi recorded 2,914 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the city’s highest single-day spike in 69 days, news agency reported PTI. The total tally has now crossed 1.85 lakh, while the death count stands at 4,513. On June 23, the national capital had reported its highest single-day spike so far of 3,947 new cases.
However, Satyendra Jain, earlier this week, had refused to call it the ‘second wave’ of infection.
“You cannot say it is a second wave. We could have called it a second wave if there were no positive cases for one or two months and then cases would have started coming again. The virus is still there in Delhi. You should not stress about numbers,” Jain had said.