Can’t say it’s a second wave: Health Minister Jain on rise in COVID-19 instances in Delhi


New Delhi, September 3

It cannot be mentioned that Delhi is witnessing a second wave of COVID-19, Health Minister Satyendar Jain mentioned on Thursday, a day after the nationwide capital recorded 2,509 contemporary instances — the best single-day spike in practically two months.

Speaking to reporters right here, he mentioned folks “should not stress about numbers”.

The minister mentioned the Delhi authorities is rising the testing for COVID-19 and it needs that there needs to be no optimistic case within the metropolis.

After a quick lull, Delhi has seen an increase within the variety of COVID-19 instances over the previous couple of days.

Wednesday’s 2,509 contemporary instances pushed town’s tally to 1,79,569, whereas 19 extra fatalities took the toll to 4,481, based on authorities.

Asked if Delhi is heading in the direction of a second wave of coronavirus infections, Jain mentioned, “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.” He mentioned Delhi’s case fatality ratio was 0.75 per cent on Wednesday, which is an efficient signal.

“Overall, it is 2.5 per cent. Yesterday, it was less than one per cent, which is a good sign. At one time, it was 3.5 per cent,” he added.

Jain mentioned the Delhi authorities is working to extend testing for COVID-19.

“We are increasing (the number of) tests. We are emphasising on testing and working aggressively on it. Yesterday, the number was around 30,000 and today the number of tests will be around 35,000. If a case is isolated at home or hospital, he won’t be able to infect 10 people. We want that not one positive case should be there,” he mentioned.

Last week, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had introduced that his authorities will double COVID-19 checks from 20,000 to 40,000. On Wednesday, a complete of 28,835 checks had been performed, the utmost since March.

On sure non-public hospitals in Delhi going through a scarcity of ICU beds, Jain mentioned over 70 per cent of the 14,000 beds allotted for COVID-19 within the metropolis are vacant.

“We asked five to six hospitals and learnt that 70 to 80 per cent of patients there are from outside Delhi. There might be issues in some hospitals but there is no shortage of beds,” he mentioned.

Jain additionally mentioned the federal government is formulating protocols for travelling within the Delhi Metro, which can resume from September 7 after a hiatus of over 5 months.

“A dry run is also being conducted so that it can be ensured that people wear masks, clean their hands, follow social distancing norms and a COVID-19 appropriate behaviour,” he mentioned.

The Delhi Metro will resume companies in three levels between September 7 and 12, based on the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.

Trains might be accessible from 7-11 AM and 4-Eight PM, it mentioned.

Metro companies in Delhi-NCR had been suspended on March 22 in view of the pandemic. PTI



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