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Coronavirus Second Wave Has Hit Its Peak in Delhi, Will Decline in Coming Days: Arvind Kejriwal

A member of the CISF, at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport, in New Delhi, talks with a passenger through a glass shield. (Photo: Reuters)

A member of the CISF, at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport, in New Delhi, talks with a passenger through a glass shield. (Photo: Reuters)

The state was able to control the rise in reported number of infection cases with help from the central government, NGOs and local residents, said Kejriwal while thanking them for their efforts in containing the situation.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said that experts believe the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic is at its peak in the national capital and its intensity will lessen in the coming days.

"From July 1 to August 17, cases were in control. We noticed that cases increased and it reached 4,500 new COVID-19 cases on September 17 and now coming down. So experts believe that the second wave of coronavirus which had hit Delhi is now on peak and its intensity will be less in the coming days," Kejriwal said.

The state government was able to control the rise in the reported number of infection cases with help from the central government, NGOs and residents, he said while thanking them for their efforts in containing the situation.

"The best way to defeat coronavirus is to conduct aggressive testing to identify and isolate positive cases," he said. "The coronavirus cases have increased in Delhi because testing was massively scaled up. The daily cases were around 4,500 on September 16 which have now started coming down and currently, there are around 3,700 cases (daily). As a responsible government, we had increased testing from 20,000 to 60,000 daily."

Kejriwal said if the testing would have been scaled down to the previous level of 20,000 tests (daily), the cases would also have come down to around 1,500 per day in the city. He hoped that government steps, including increasing containment zones from 550 in mid-August to around 2,000 now, will gradually bring down the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the coming days.

On Wednesday, Delhi recorded 3,714 fresh COVID-19 cases as the infection tally in the city mounted to over 2.56 lakh, while the death toll rose to 5,087. More than 60,000 COVID-19 tests were done in the city on Tuesday, according to the bulletin issued by the Delhi health department on Wednesday. The total number of active cases, as on Wednesday, stood at 30,836, it said. .

Kejriwal also said high-level virtual meetings on the Covid-19 situation chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi helped contain and management of the crisis.


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