Third Covid wave in Delhi worst to this point, says Health Minister Satyendar Jain


Dungarpur (Rajasthan), November 8

The national capital has hit the peak of the third wave of Covid-19 and the number of cases suggests it has been the worst since the pandemic arrived in the city, according to Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain.

The minister today said the government had no plan yet to rope in hotels and banquet halls to augment the bed capacity for Covid patients as the AAP dispensation had increased the number of beds in Delhi hospitals.

On Friday, Delhi recorded over 7,000 new cases for the first time. On Saturday, the city reported 79 deaths, the highest in over four months.

Satyendar Jain, who is on an official visit to Rajasthan’s Dungarpur, said the first wave hit its peak around June 23 and the second on September 17.

“The third wave is at its peak in Delhi. The number of cases suggests it is the worst, so far. But the cases will come down soon,” Jain said.

Delhi reported its first case on March 1, when a businessman in East Delhi was diagnosed with Covid-19 after returning from Italy.

Satyendar Jain, Delhi Health Minister

‘Cases to come down’

The third wave is at its peak in Delhi. The number of cases suggests it is the worst, so far. But the cases will come down soon.

 

The minister cited aggressive testing and contact-tracing among reasons for the sudden spike in the number of cases being reported. Jain, however, said laxity on part of the people had also been a major reason behind the surge.

“Some people think nothing will happen to them if they don’t wear a mask. They are wrong. Mask is the only medicine for Covid-19 till a vaccine is developed,” he said.

The National Centre for Disease Control, in a report drafted recently, had warned that Delhi should be prepared for about 15,000 fresh Covid cases daily. — PTI

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