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

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Last Updated: January 12, 2022, 14:09 IST

Medics prepare to give medicines to Covid-19 infected children inside the Covid Care Centre of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) village, in New Delhi. (PTI)

Medics prepare to give medicines to Covid-19 infected children inside the Covid Care Centre of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) village, in New Delhi. (PTI)

Comparing the scenario with Mumbai, Satyendra Jain said cases have started declining there and the same situation is likely to happen in Delhi.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain on Wednesday said coronavirus cases have stabilised in the national capital and there is a possibility of the infections declining soon. While sharing that the city is likely to see around 25,000 cases on Wednesday, he underlined that the positivity rate cannot determine whether the cases have peaked or not.

"Hospitalisation rate has stabilised and cases have plateaued. There are still several beds vacant," he said. Comparing the scenario with Mumbai, the minister said the cases have started declining there and the same situation is likely to happen here. He also assured that if cases come down in the next two-three days, restrictions will be lifted.

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

In an order released on Tuesday, the DDMA declared that all private offices in Delhi will send employees to work from home under new Covid rules. Only offices that provide essential services will be exempt.

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Previously, offices were asked to function with half of their employees in the office and the rest at home. Government offices in the city are also currently working with 50 percent attendance. Delhi closed restaurants yesterday and announced that only takeaways and home delivery would be permitted.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Monday suspended dine-in facility at restaurants in the city and shut down bars in view of the surge in coronavirus cases, but decided against imposing a full lockdown yet.

In July, the virus had claimed 76 lives in the national capital. "People with comorbidities are facing more problems, not many people are coming to hospital for treatment of coronavirus," he said.

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first published:January 12, 2022, 12:28 IST
last updated:January 12, 2022, 14:09 IST