New Delhi: Even as the number of novel coronavirus cases continues to spurt, there was no plan to reimpose lockdown in the national capital, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain cleared on Monday. Also Read - UK PM Calls for 'Unity' Ahead of Tier-Based COVID-19 Lockdown
Notably, the city has been witnessing a rise in the number of new COVID-19 cases from the last few days, following which speculations were rife that the Kejriwal-led government might impose lockdown to break the chain of transmission. Also Read - Coronavirus: Odisha Extends Lockdown Till Dec 31, Academic Institutes to Remain Shut
“There will be no reimposition of lockdown in Delhi. I don’t think it will be an effective step now, wearing of masks by everyone will be more beneficial”, said Jain. Also Read - Assam Elementary Schools To Reopen from January 1 as COVID Situation Improves
Besides, the health minister also stated that the third wave of COVID-19 has passed its peak in Delhi.
His comments come a day after a COVID-19 review meeting held at the Home Ministry. Reports said that Home Minister Amit Shah has directed paramilitary forces to arrange more doctors for Delhi to control the COVID-19 situation.
Sources in Union Home Ministry claimed that around 75 doctors will be in Delhi from different parts of the country. These doctors will be in the capital city in the next few days.
Official communication has also been marked to various units asking them to relieve extra doctors who will be deployed to manage the COVID-19 situation in Delhi, sources claimed.
A top government official involved in the process of coordination to arrange doctors as per the decision of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, said “Total 75 doctors will be here in the next few days. Forces have already processed and suggested names and soon they will be in Delhi and deployed at different locations or hospitals in the national capital. Some may also be deployed at 10,000 bedded Sardar Patel COVID hospital in Delhi’s Chhatarpur,” the senior official claimed.
Around 350 additional paramedics will also reach Delhi from various places like Jalandhar, Shimla, Lucknow, states of North-east and other parts.
The national capital had recorded its highest single-day spike of 8,593 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. On Thursday, 104 fatalities, the highest in a day in over five months, were recorded.
According to the health bulletin issued on Saturday, the tally of active cases rose to 44,456 in the national capital while the recovery rate stood at over 89 per cent. The number of containment zones in Delhi was 4,288.