Delhi Likely to See 25K Cases Today But Tally to Decline Soon, Says Health Min, Hopeful of Lockdown Being Lifted

Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain said on Wednesday that coronavirus cases have stabilized in the national capital and there is a possibility that infections will decline soon. While he shared that the city was likely to see about 25,000 cases on Wednesday, he emphasized that the positivity rate could not determine if cases had peaked.

“The hospitalization rate has stabilized and the cases have stabilized. There are still several vacant beds,” he said. Comparing the scenario with Mumbai, the minister said cases are starting to decline there and the same situation is likely to happen here. He also confirmed that if cases decrease over the next two or three days, restrictions will be lifted.

The national capital had reported 23 deaths on Tuesday. It has already recorded 93 deaths in the first 11 days of the month. It has recorded 54 deaths in the past five months – nine in December, seven in November, four in October, five in September and 29 in August.

In an order issued on Tuesday, the DDMA announced that all private offices in Delhi will be sending staff to work from home under the new Covid rules. Only offices providing essential services will be exempted.

Previously, offices were required to work with half of their employees in the office and the rest at home. The city’s government offices are also currently operating with 50 percent attendance. Delhi closed restaurants yesterday and announced that only takeaway and home delivery will be allowed.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Monday suspended dining facilities at restaurants in the city and closed bars in view of the increase in coronavirus cases, but decided not to impose a complete closure yet.

In July, the virus killed 76 people in the national capital. “People with comorbidities are having more problems, and not many people come to hospital for treatment for coronavirus,” he said.

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