Delhi’s COVID situation under control, no need to panic: Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi (NVI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today assured people that there is no need to panic as the situation is completely under control in Delhi, amid a rise in the number of coronavirus cases in the national capital.

Addressing a virtual media briefing, Kejriwal said, “There is absolutely no need to worry. I have analysed the data over the last few days, spoken to experts, and can say with full responsibility that the situation in Delhi is well under control.”

The chief minister said that Delhi is witnessing a sharp surge in coronavirus cases as his government has doubled the testing.

“From around 20,000 per day to nearly 40,000 daily. On September 4, there were 36,219 tests conducted in the national capital,” he added.

Kejriwal also pointed out that the death rate in the city was below the national average and said data since August 15 showed that one in 100 corona patients have died in the city’s hospitals.

“In June, when a similar case count was being registered, there used to up to 100 deaths a day. We identified the gaps and brought the number of deaths down,” he said. “Yesterday, there were 13 deaths of corona patients in Delhi.”

Kejriwal also assured Delhiites that there was no shortage of beds for COVID-19 patients in the hospitals and added that out of 14,000 beds, only 5,000 are occupied.

“Out of 5,000 beds, 1,600-1,700 beds are occupied by those who belong to other states,” he said.

In addition to this, the chief minister said the bed occupancy has increased due to people from other states getting admitted in the capital’s healthcare facilities.

However, appealing to the people of Delhi to follow preventive measures against COVID-19, Kejriwal said there is no scope for negligent attitude.

He added that his government has taken several steps to reduce deaths due to the virus in the national capital.

-RJV