New Delhi: After recent declines in the daily coronavirus cases, the number of cases is again rising. On Wednesday, Delhi recorded 2,442 new cases taking the total tally close to 90,000 mark. The national capital has so far reported 89,802 confirmed cases with 2,803 deaths.
In the last 24 hours, Delhi has registered 61 deaths as per the state health bulletin. So far, 59,992 patients have recovered or discharged/migrated from the hospital.
As far as the active cases are concerned, it is 27,007 at present. The authorities have so far done aggressive testing in the national capital. They have tested a total of 5,51,708 tests. Delhi has at present 437 coronavirus containment zones.
Talking about the current status, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the situation is improving and is not as terrible as it was predicted a month back. Addressing the media, Kejriwal said that the recoveries are improving in the city and the coronavirus situation is now under control.
He also talked about the declining positivity rate. He said, “We have increased the number of tests. There is a good indication, earlier around 31 out of 100 people whose samples were collected tested positive for coronavirus. Today, 13 out of 100 people test positive.”
However, he also cautioned people to refrain against listening to ‘social media experts’ who are predicting that the peak has come and gone from Delhi. He asked people to adopt all precautions as the virus is unpredictable.
The CM asked people to wear masks, wash hands regularly and maintain social distancing. “We have managed to bring the situation under control after a lot of concerted effort. There is a saying, hope for the best, prepare for worst. That’s what we have to do,” he said.
Amid all this, Delhi government’s coronavirus panel official Mahesh Verma has said that the behaviour of COVID-19 will be absolutely crucial during monsoon. Monsoon has arrived in the national capital. But it is yet to make a significant landfall.
Delhi has overtaken Mumbai as the worst hit city last week. However, with concerted efforts of the authorities, testing was ramped up in the city. The recent spike in the number of cases could be due to an increase in the testing.
The city has also resorted to door-to-door surveillance for early detection of the coronavirus to check its spread.