New Delhi: Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain on Thursday suggested that the capital might be going through the third-phase of Coronavirus infection. He, however, maintained that the authorities will wait another week to give a confirmation on the same. Also Read - Viral Load Of Asymptomatic Patients Higher As Compared To Symptomatic Patients
“It is too early to say that Delhi is experiencing the 3rd wave of COVID-19 cases. We must wait for another week in order to definitively say that, but it possible that we’re already in that phase,” Satyendar Jain told news agency ANI. Also Read - Delhi Government Caps Price of RT-PCR Test by Private Labs at Rs 800
Notably, Delhi has been witnessing exponential rise in Coronavirus cases since the past few days. Yesterday, the city recorded 5,673 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day spike here till date, as the infection tally in the city climbed to over 3.7 lakh. Also Read - Air India Pilots Demand Urgent Meeting With Civil Aviation Minister Puri Over Wage Cuts
This is the first time when over 5,000 cases have been reported in a day in the city. The previous highest single-day spike of 4,853 cases was recorded on Tuesday.
Satyender Jain had on Sunday warned that Delhi could see a spike of around 12,000 to 14,000 Covid-19 cases daily during festivals and the winter season. “Dr Paul expert committee had said that due to winter and festive season cases (of Covid-19 per day) can spike up to 12,000-14,000 but right now it is around 4,000 so the situation is contained,” the Delhi minister said.
He was referring to a report of the high-level expert committee led by NITI Aayog member Dr VK Paul. The report had said that hospitals in Delhi should prepare for 15,000 Covid-19 cases being reported in a single day due to spike in respiratory illnesses and with the winter season which is almost here.