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Over 14,000 COVID Cases Likely in Delhi Today, Says Govt; Rules Out Complete Lockdown
Delhi Heading Towards Lockdown? The situation is under control and there is no need for lockdown at the moment, said health minister.
New Delhi: A day after the national capital logged 10,665 fresh Covid cases, the biggest single-day spike in nearly eight months, health minister Satyendar Jain claimed that Delhi may witness around 14,000 fresh COVID-19 cases on Thursday. “Covid cases in Delhi have seen a sharp rise in the past few days. Many more cases have come, today it is going to be near 14,000,” Jain said.
He also claimed that the situation is under control and there is no need for lockdown at the moment. “Delhi is in a comfortable position in terms of hospital bed occupancy”, Jain told reporters, ruling out the possibility of total shutdown.
Delhi is likely to witness 14,000 fresh COVID cases today and the daily positivity rate may rise to around 14%… No person has died of #Omicron variant in the national capital so far. As of now, it appears lockdown is not needed: Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain https://t.co/NsZSv6Glv7 pic.twitter.com/t1nYw5HrY0
— ANI (@ANI) January 6, 2022
“Currently, the death ratio is 1 in 1,000. The situation is fine as compared to last time. Yesterday we had 9,000 free beds, today it has become 12,000, so our preparations are complete. We are now conducting close to 90,000 tests,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Covid infection rate in the city has climbed at 11.88 per cent, the highest in last seven months. According to the Delhi Health Department, the city had recorded 12.4 per cent positivity rate on May 14.
When asked about the rising number of cases across the city, the health minister asserted that the number of cases is high as a large number of people are being tested for COVID-19. With a 96.71 per cent Covid recovery rate, the active Covid cases rate in Delhi has gone up to 1.58 per cent and the death rate continues at 1.70 per cent.
With 2,239 patients recovering in the last 24 hours, the total number of recoveries has gone to 14,25,938. A total of 11,551 Covid patients are being treated in home isolation at present. The number of Covid containment zones has risen to 3,908.